10 great ideas for working with video using ClassInTheBox

September 08, 2023

It’s clear that students enjoy videos. They consume them in their free time, use them for exam preparation, and share them with classmates when they find a video that can enhance content comprehension. In the classroom, videos serve as a window to the world. They break the monotony and spark curiosity, which is a key factor in motivation.

ClassInTheBox can be a valuable ally in optimizing video viewing for students, turning video into a tool that promotes proactivity rather than passive consumption. Here are some ideas:


Our AI assistant, Böxie, saves teachers time in creating video-related tasks while also introducing novelty that motivates students.

✅ Let students ask Böxie, the AI assistant, 1, 3, or 5 questions about the video’s content to resolve their doubts.

Multiply by 30! With the introduction of Assistant Böxie, students can directly ask questions to the video. These questions are always textual and related to the video content itself. Remember that you can gamify the experience and make the use of the assistant a reward for correctly watching the video through keep-alives.

✅ Generate self-assessment tasks with Böxie, the AI assistant, for students to answer questions with tags within the video.

As a teacher, upload the video you want to work on and let Böxie do its job. The assistant will generate all possible questions whose answers are found within the video itself. The teacher can edit the questions, assign the task to students, and automatically receive the results and reports.

✅ Watch an interview or a report and ask students to write possible questions. Use the AI assistant Böxie to check if the questions match.

Knowing how to ask questions is an important skill to develop in our students, as it makes them aware of its importance. You can ask them to watch a video and write possible questions, then compare them with the questions that Böxie, through Artificial Intelligence, suggests.


Teachers can enrich videos, using them as materials to introduce a topic, as a guiding thread for a unit, or as reference material. Take advantage of interaction options (pins, tags, automatic pauses, pop-ups) to add interactivity to the video and help students learn by doing.

✅ Insert interactive presentations, maps, or timelines to illustrate the information contained in the video.

Imagine being able to illustrate a history video with an interactive map or a interactive timeline created in Genially. You can include them as links in the pin or tag information, but it’s much more engaging when they are inserted as a “pop-up” within the duration of the video itself.

✅ Create a playlist by linking videos through pins at the end of each video.

If you want students to watch a series of videos in a specific order, link them together by providing the link to the next video in a pin placed at the end of each one. You can even create different pathways, based on levels, for example. If you’re up for it, create forms with answer validation to add some excitement (students can only progress if they answer correctly), or create different pathways based on the response. Boom!

✅ End the video with a Quizziz, Kahoot, or Google Form to check comprehension.

The simplest way to check if students have understood the video content is by placing a form at the end of the video. Use Quizizz, Kahoot, or Google Forms. Remember to insert the viewing/reading link, not the edit link!


Developing strategies for comprehension, synthesis, and more is essential for our students. With ClassInTheBox, you can practice competency-based approaches, making students locate information, create materials, summarize, synthesize, and more. Here are some ideas:

✅ Ask students to identify evidence, biases, or fake news in a video and mark, identify, and explain them using pins and tags.

As many ideas as we can come up with. Pintagging involves working on a video by marking it, adding pins and tags, in other words, annotations and highlights. Take advantage of the tool’s potential for them to work on it; this way, we will encourage a conscious and detailed viewing of the video to focus on the key aspects we have marked.

✅ Have students pintag their videos as supporting material for their oral presentations.

Usually, oral presentations are made using slides, illustrations, models, etc. What if the final product is a pintagged video? Students will have to explain not only the video’s content (they can even play parts of it if necessary) but also why they marked it in that way. For example, what parts they highlighted, what materials they inserted, etc. Treat it like a canvas; let them explain their masterpiece!

✅ Have students create digital resources (presentations, illustrations, podcasts) that illustrate the content of the videos using pins or tags.

Developing digital competence, creativity, and entrepreneurship is among the main objectives set by current laws. Have students use the video as a source to create digital resources: presentations, infographics, audio recordings, etc., which they can then insert into the video’s timeline as pins or tags to illustrate or exemplify the content.

✅ Have students write alternative endings to a story by placing a pin with an automatic pause before the real conclusion.

Unleash their imagination, allow them to write alternative endings to a story by placing a pin before the ending with several possibilities. Have them think about potential consequences or anticipate conclusions before reaching the actual ending. Ask them to pause the video at a specific moment (or force an automatic pause as the teacher) and have them add information while developing their critical and divergent thinking.

In conclusion, ClassInTheBox is a tool for working with video like never before. It’s a blank canvas in video format where, through pins and tags, annotations, and highlights, you can do many things that were previously impossible. There are many more ideas like these, which we, the creators of ClassInTheBox, probably haven’t thought of ourselves. That’s why we invite you to share on social media and make the most of this tool, which is being warmly welcomed by teachers around the world.