How to Embed Questions in Videos (Pause Prompts)

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Pause Prompts are one of the unique features of ClassHook that help increase engagement, whether you’re showing the video in class or assigning the clip to students. This article will explain what Pause Prompts are, some suggestions on how to use Pause Prompts, and how to create Pause Prompts (both in the ClassHook library and personal clips).

What Are Pause Prompts?

Pause Prompts are prompts that you can set to appear at different moments in the video clip. When showing or assigning clips, Pause Prompts are an easy way to make the lesson even more engaging. Pause Prompts can be added in clips in the ClassHook library or in your personal clips.

Suggestions for Using Pause Prompts

Pause Prompts can be used in a variety of ways. Take this non-exhaustive list of options as a starting place, and you can build from there!

Think-Pair-Share Activity

If you’re in the classroom, the think-pair-share activity is a great and easy use for Pause Prompts. When the Pause Prompt appears, have students think about their answer to the question, then turn to their partner and share their response. The timer for the questions will help limit how long the activity will last.

Checking for Student Understanding

This use of Pause Prompts is helpful both in and out of the classroom. Your question can ask for basic comprehension (what just happened?) or for a brief explanation of why something happened. Using view responses, this is a quick and easy way to see who is paying attention or who might need some help in understanding the topic.

Giving Students Time for Writing or Reflection

This is another great use of Pause Prompts that works well in and out of the classroom. If your video deals with more abstract concepts or discussion questions, having a Pause Prompt gives students a set time to reflect on a topic that you think is important.

How to Create Pause Prompts

Creating Pause Prompts From Clips in the ClassHook Library

Step 1: Find a video

Choose your favorite video from the ClassHook library to use during your lesson, either by browsing, searching our playlists, or searching.

Shrek 2: Dinner Scene from ClassHook to show a selected clip from ClassHook.

Step 2: Click “Discuss”

Under the Discuss tab (found directly above the clip in the middle), you may see discussion questions and Pause Prompts that have already been created by ClassHook staff or the ClassHook community as well as an area for your Pause Prompts and discussion questions.

The discuss tab of the Shrek video.

Step 3: Click “Create”

Once you click “create” (right next to “My Pause Prompts”), a window will appear with all the information you’ll need to create a Pause Prompt.

Demonstrates where the "create" button is under the "discuss" tab.
The window that appears when you press "create."

Step 4: Pause the video where you want the Pause Prompt

Pause Prompts can be used to quickly check understanding about something that just happened at the clip. Once you know where you’d like to ask a question, pause the video at that point in the window.

Demonstrates what the window will say when the video is paused at the point where a Pause Prompt is wanted.

Step 5: Write the Pause Prompt

Write the question that you would like to appear and pause the video in the text box directly below the video. Make sure it makes sense with the time the clip has been paused at.

Shows where to write the Pause Prompt.

Step 6: Set your prompt options

When you scroll down past the text box, you will see the area to set your prompt options.

You can choose whether the Pause Prompt is timed or not using the drop down. If you want your prompt to be timed, you can decide how long you want the prompt to be timed.

Shows the dropdown menu for timed Pause Prompts.

You can also decide whether you want your Pause Prompt to be public or private using the dropdown menu under privacy. If you select public, your Pause Prompt will be available for all ClassHook teachers to use. If you select private, you will be able to go back and access it on your account.

Shows the dropdown menu for privacy.

Step 7: Add prompt

Click the Add Prompt button at the bottom of the window. Your prompt will appear in your discuss tab, and you can play your video with Pause Prompts!

Demonstrates the location of the Add Prompt button.
Shows Discuss tab after your prompt has been added.

Step 8: View responses

Finally, you’ll have to be able to read your students’ responses once you have shown them the video and allowed them to enter their own responses. Click the ellipses (three small dots) next to your prompt, and then click “View Responses” to see what your students have entered.

Creating Pause Prompts From Personal Clips

Please note, your personal clips will only be able to have Pause Prompts if your video is from YouTube, Vimeo, or Dailymotion.

Step 1: Find a video

You can find your personal clips and bookmarks on your dashboard; this is also where you can browse public playlists.

Step 2: Click “View Clip”

This is the webpage for viewing your personal clip.

Step 3: Click “Discuss”

Step 4: Set prompt options

Finally, click the “Create” button next to the “My Pause Prompts” title. A window will appear with the video. Here, you will select the moment in time that you would like the prompt to interrupt the video. Select the time for your prompt, and enter the text you want the prompt to display. At the very bottom of the “New Pause Prompt” window, you can set more options, such as the amount of time the prompt should appear for and whether the prompt is shared with any site visitors or kept private. When you’ve finished setting your parameters, click “Add Prompt”.

Step 5: Save your prompt

Finally, click “Create Prompt” and then “View Clip.” Congratulations, you’re ready to show your students the video! Your embedded question will appear as a prompt at the time specified in the video. If you want to edit the prompt, make sure you’re on the “Discuss” tab, and then click the three small dots next to the prompt. Be sure to watch the clip on ClassHook (and not on YouTube itself) or else your prompt won’t appear.

If you want to edit your prompt, make sure you’re on the “Discuss” tab, and click the three small dots next to the prompt.

Step 6: View responses

Finally, you’ll have to be able to read your students’ responses once you have shown them the video and allowed them to enter their own responses. Click the ellipses (three small dots) next to your prompt, and then click “View Responses” to see what your students have entered.

Click the three dots and then “View Responses” to see your students’ entries.
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