A lot of educators and students integrate videos to enhance their educational material.

Visual presentation of concepts makes it easier for them to understand and explain. But that doesn’t complete the learning teaching process. Notes are essential for students to revise the concepts; they can’t depend on just the videos. And making notes from videos can be a little pain.

Online platforms are providing tools that not only enables you to make notes easily but also gives you access to other great features such as sharing, collaborating with others and a lot more. 

So In order to make notes easily from your educational videos you can use various tools that will help you do so while watching videos.

Check out the list of such tools below.   

1) MoocNote

It is a free tool to add comments, questions and links to videos. In order to do so users simply have to paste a link of YouTube video into the MoocNote editor. The video gets imported to the tool and once it is on the MoocNote, you can easily start adding your comments, questions and links. The link feature is great in order to provide students with additional resourceful information for learning about the topics that are in the videos. This tool also allows you to organize playlists of videos in order that you wish to see or according to topics that you identify. You can also create class group on this site but to add your students, they all will need to register on this platform.     


After registering yourself as a user, you simply have to copy the link of the YouTube video and import the video.

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In this box below where the video plays make your notes and whenever you start typing the video pauses. You can access these notes on the right panel from “my notes” option.


Edit your notes from that very panel. Change descriptions as per your convenience.

To add resources, simply add the link of the other web pages in the box. This link appears in the note section.

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2) VideoANT with the purpose of providing a platform on which students and teachers view videos and annotate those videos. This platform helps you to play your specified video and while watching you and your students can make comments alongside the video. The collaborative feature of the platform is amazing. You can easily create a group without having all members to sign up in the platform. Annotations are archived and emailed to the user once you’ve completed the whole process. This platform works with YouTube videos. You can simply copy the link or explore your YouTube account on this platform and access your video directly. To work with the group, send them the VideoANT link, unlike the first tool, MoocNote, your collaborators do not need to have a VideoANT account to participate in the annotation process with you.  


Paste the URL of the video or ANT as they call it. Load it and you’r good to go with it.


On the right panel, give your video the title and explanation you want to.


Make notes and comments on the right panel and save them.


With the group icon on right side panel next to your user name you can easily add a group or create from this very option to collaborate and work together easily.

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3) Vibby

This tool that allows educators to more seamlessly integrate video into their lessons. User can create great Vibs (the segmented video) from existing videos from YouTube according to the requirement. Users simply have to drag the URL’s of YouTube videos and paste them to Vibby Editor to cut short the segment you want. It can be used to highlight, discuss, and share the best parts of any video. Break the parts of lengthy videos that are important to you and demand your focus. Highlight the section and add comment or put questions for the convenience. Directly share the Vibs that you create across the social media or embed on your blog.

Register and login to your Vibby account to create engaging “Vibs” that can add so much more to your classrooms.


Simply paste the link or browse YouTube from Vibby itself and select the video you want to use. 


Highlight a part of the video you want to use and if you want to use the full video start highlighting from the very beginning. Add a title for your video. Save it.


Comment on the left corner panel only. Click on the “next” button on the right.


Name your “Vib” and you can also chose a category if you want. Save your Vib.


Your Vib is created. The link to your Vib is displayed on bottom of the page in the link bar. Share that link from there. You can download this Vib of yours or embed it in your blog directly from your Vibby page.

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4) VideoNot.es

After loading any video from YouTube it divides your screen in 2 parts on the left side you can watch the video whereas on the right you can create notes easily. The platform integrates with your Google drive. The notes that you make can be synced on Google drive so that you wont lose your notes. The platform allows you to share your notes and collaborate on your notes just as you do with Google docs.


Paste the URL of the video you want to make notes on. The on/off button on the right side to for syncing the notes.


Make notes on the right side while watching the video.


Save notes from the 3rd icon above the notepad. This needs to be done incase you are not auto-syncing your notes. You can manage your notes from the note editor that is the 2nd icon on the editor or directly from your Google drive incase you have synced them already.  


Click on the share icon on the extreme right. This window appears where the link appears. Also you can directly send the notes and videos to your Gmail contacts.

Is there any other tool that you use to make notes while learning from videos? Share with us in the comment box below!


About the Author
Author: Priyanka Gupta
Priyanka is a blogger by profession and has an increasing interest to write about the edtech space. While writing she keeps in mind the educators to come up with right resources and ideas which might be relevant for them in relation to effective use of technology in their profession and institutions/classrooms.
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