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by Zaption

GRADES / Pre-K, Elementary (Grades K-4), Middle School (Grades 5-8), High School (Grades 9-12), Higher Education
PLATFORMS / Web Browser

Web app that lets teachers add images, text, quizzes, and discussions to existing videos from YouTube, Vimeo and private video libraries.


Zaption is a web app for teachers, trainers, and content publishers to use video as an interactive experience. Add images, text, quizzes and discussions to private videos as well as those from YouTube and Vimeo to create a “learning tour.” Teachers also have access to analytics. Zaption is based on the research and experience of a UCLA professor who aims to help students focus on what’s important and deepen understanding.  

Zaption released a private beta in summer 2013 and released its product with its latest features in September, 2013. Educators can now access Zaption basic for free. There is an annual subscription of $79 a year for a version with more features, including LTI, a software plugin that seamlessly integrates Zaption with learning management systems like Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas. Zaption has site license options for schools, districts and organizations with prices determined by number of users.

Zaption is a 2013 SF based startup founded by Jim and Charlie Stigler, a father-son team. Jim Stigler is a professor, researcher, associate dean at UCLA, author, and co-founder of Startup UCLA. He founded a company, LessonLab, which Pearson acquired in 2003. Charlie Stigler, one of Peter Thiel’s “20 under 20” fellows left Columbia University’s computer science program to start Zaption. Zaption is currently focused on the K-12, higher education and teacher learning markets. They have received seed funding from Dr. Michael J. Burry of Scion Capital and the NewSchools Venture Fund. Since the product was released in 2013, they have accumulated over 1,000 teachers users and over 500 student users.


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Science Teacher. School Type: Middle School

This looks like an amazing product and I would definitely love to have it in my classroom. A whole lot of thought and work has certainly been expended here. Nevertheless, it's not cheap( $79./ year, soon to go up to $89.) and you need to re-up every year if you want to keep the fully functional p...

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