You can add video as a stand-alone content item and attach questions. Our Partner users can also attach questions at particular times in the video, or add a video directly into any question!

To add video as a content item:

  1. Click on the "+" icon

  2. Choose "Video" from the Content types

  3. Choose from the following options:
    * Copy and paste a video link from YouTube, Vimeo or Google Drive
    * Upload a video from your device
    * Record a video
    * Screencast right from within Formative (10:00 minutes limit).

  4. Click "Add Video":

The content types list is located on the left side of the window

You can also add videos between other items on your formative. Simply click on the + icon in between questions or content you've already created and select from the menu that appears.

*Note: Record Video feature is not compatible with Safari on macOS

To add video within a question or another content type (*Partner feature):

If you are a member of a Partner School or District, you can add a video to any question or content block. you just have to click the blue "+" icon (found in any rich text field). Then, click "Video."

  1. Click on the blue "+" icon within the question or content block

  2. Choose "video"

  3. Choose your upload method

  4. Click "Add Video":

You will have the option to record directly using your camera, upload from your device, or record and upload a screencast. Check out the animation below to see how it works. Supported file types for video uploads are mp4, mov, webm, 3gpp, 3gpp2, flv, wmv, and mpeg.

You can even leave students feedback with this feature! Just click the blue plus sign in the feedback chat box!


Add time-stamped questions to video content (Partner users only)

Partner users can create questions attached to specific times in a video. Students will see the questions pop up when the video reaches the selected time. Students are still able to control the video by playing, pausing, adjusting the time, and moving the video forward or backward.

To add time-stamped questions to avideo:

  1. Move the time scroll bar below the uploaded video to the desired time, then click "Add item at X:XX".

  2. Select question type

  3. Create your question as normal

  4. Repeat for as many questions you would like to attach to the video!

Note: You can add more than one question at a particular timestamp by clicking the "Add item at X:XX" button again, clicking the "+" in the question area, or by duplicating a question.

For more information on video timestamps, click here.

Troubleshooting and FAQ

Why do I get a warning message "This video does not support timestamp questions."

Video playback is dependent on the type of video and the browser it is being viewed in. As of right now, only certain videos from Google Drive are supported for question timestamps. Videos from YouTube, Vimeo, or recorded through our video recording feature are all supported currently.

If you've added a link from Google Drive there are a few things you can check to make sure the video timestamps feature will work.

  • The Google Drive video file must be an mp4

  • The Google Drive video file must be public

Can I add more than one question at the same time?

You can add more than one question at a particular timestamp by clicking the "Add item at X:XX" button again, clicking the "+" in the question area, or by duplicating a question.

Can I use video timestamps during Teacher Paced Mode?

Yes! Students will still see and be able to control the video in the same way during Teacher Paced Mode. Each student will be able to control the video on their own screen.

What if I want to add questions but don't want to attach them at a particular time?

Not a problem! Simply click "Add item at 0:00" and you can add your questions. Students will still be able to view them ahead of time by clicking the drop down arrow next to each question in the right-side column.

Students can also record video submissions when using the Free Response question-type!

  1. Click on the blue plus sign

  2. Select "Video"

  3. Students will be able to access all video options including recording a new/live video to respond to the question/command

  4. Click "Record video" and the red dot to start/end recording

  5. When finished, click "Add video" and the video will upload inside the text box

What's Next?

Learn how to add a Text Block! 

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