VideoAnt: The Replacement for

A few months ago, the EdTech world lost a really powerful app called If you’re unsure of what it was — or are in mourning for its departure– was a free video annotation app that allowed students to create time-stamped, shareable notes. We loved it so much that we even included in Don’t Ditch That Tech! 

Enter VideoAnt. 

VideoAnt is really unknown — it’s an app put together by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. Their website does a pretty concise break down how it works:

Picture credited to VideoAnt


What I like about this platform is that it’s not explicitly tied into Google Drive near to the degree that was. (Microsoft people, celebrate!) That being said, just like, there’s always a worry that this app, being tied to a university, might lose funding, lack IT support, etc. That all being said, it seems to be well-designed and I haven’t yet experienced any glitches.

Why / How You Can Use It:

Ultimately, students’ learning needs to be supported and extended on video platforms, just like any other medium of learning (worksheets, readings, mini-lessons, etc). As I’ve figured out in the short time using it, soon the student discussions, comments, and collaborative ideas that emerge become more valuable than the videos themselves. Give it a try here!

Here’s a few other ideas on how it might be used: 

  • VideoAnt is perfect for flipped classrooms. Don’t know what a flipped classroom is? Check out this blog post here.
  • Pre-add in scaffolded notations for students before they watch a video, similar to EdPuzzle. Then, students can respond to questions such as summaries, predictions, connections, etc.
  • Have students annotate and describe a video as part of an informal assessment. 

Nate Ridgway is a tech-loving history teacher in Indianapolis, Indiana and a co-author of Don’t Ditch That Tech: Differentiation in a Digital World. He specializes in lesson design and also is licensed in Special Education Mild Interventions. He’s taught in both middle school and high school settings, but currently is enjoying teaching World History & Dual Credit U.S. History. He is currently finishing a Masters degree in History at the University of Indianapolis.

About Kristin Oropeza
Kristin is a full-time special education teacher, contract consultant, and educational content writer. She is a Google Certified Teacher (Level 1 and 2), Google Certified Trainer, and MIE Expert for 2020-2021.

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