Looking around on my Edmodo account for the first time in a few months, I saw some interesting posts and links to a new product called Educanon. From their website, eduCanon is described as a personalized, “online learning environment to build and share interactive video lessons.” It is a free product that allows teachers to build interactive questions and opportunities for immediate response directly into YouTube videos. It can be used on available content from places like Khan Academy or TED, or can be added to videos that teachers upload themselves. The videos and required questions can be assigned to students, and teachers can keep track of students’ individual viewing histories and progress on the assessment questions.
It seems that eduCanon was officially released in beta version in early September, and I did a little research to find out that the creator Benjamin Levy was able to create this free product in part due to sponsorships with the MIT 100K Entrepreneurship Competition and LearnLaunch. Since eduCanon seems pretty new, I couldn’t really find a lot of discussion about it on other educational technology websites. The reviews I did read from teachers was pretty positive, and I’ll be curious to see if the message about its possibilities spreads.
I created an account, and it seems pretty easy to load in videos and add questions. I haven’t assigned any videos to students to view, but I love the feature that will not allow students to fast forward past new content they haven’t already viewed. It also seems to have the potential to give great data in a pretty easy-to-read format. This tool looks like it would be great for teachers looking to encourage more interaction and better comprehension for videos provided as part of a flipped classroom model.