New Pause And Play

Product Update: Pause & Play is here!

Post Series: New Features for Back-to-School 2016

We’re excited to announce a new teaching tool, Pause & Play, which launched with our April 15 Week in Rap video last Friday.

What is Pause & Play?

With Pause & Play, prompts and questions appear at specific points during the video to facilitate further discussion and exploration of the content. Challenge your students to dive deeper and think critically with this new feature.

Orange markers along the playback bar indicate where prompts will appear. When the video hits a Pause & Play prompts, it will appear like magic and the video will—you guessed it!—automatically pause.

Watch what happens when we reach a Pause & Play question in this gif. Pretty cool, right?

By default, Pause & Play is switched to “off.” To enable it, simply click the Pause & Play toggle underneath the video:

How do I use Pause & Play in the classroom?

We can’t wait to see how teachers begin using Pause & Play in the classroom. It’s a flexible tool that can be used in various instructional capacities, including:

  • Whole class discussions
  • Small group discussions
  • Turn and talk activities
  • Writing prompts

Our recommended approach is to watch the video, and then re-watch with Pause & Play enabled. (The mode can be toggled during playback, too.)

Which Flocabulary units have Pause & Play enabled?

Pause & Play will be available on all future Week in Rap videos, and we’ll gradually add the mode to additional units every week. Here’s the most up-to-date list, and check back here for updates!

As always, we value your feedback and want to know what you think about updates to Flocab. Please consider taking our Pause & Play survey, which is also accessible right from the unit page.

Emily Gover

Emily helps lead up Flocabulary's content marketing and community efforts. Outside of the Flocab office, she can be found listening to podcasts, watching Scrubs for the nth time in a row, blogging, traveling, tweeting, or belting out karaoke. She is fluent in memes and gifs, and her favorite Flocab video is "Dracula Junior."

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