With Clip from Spiral, teachers can turn any public video into a live chat with questions and quizzes. When a Clip is running, teachers can provide instant feedback and see how the class is performing.

Essentially, Clip allows teachers to discover curriculum relevant videos on Youtube, then play them in a safe environment where students can add comments in a live feed.

In addition, you can add questions or multiple-choice quizzes, review on the whiteboard, and save the results.




Here’s how to get started with Clip

Open Clip from the Spiral Homepage or search for a relevant clip in the public library.

(* we have curated videos based on all 16,000 lessons relevant to the US curriculum)

Once you’re inside Clip, you can start to plan

  1. Paste a link to a Youtube video or enter a topic to search.
  2. Enter the video of your choice. Select and click ‘use’ to choose that video.
  3. Click ‘GO’ to start the activity.

Using curriculum relevant videos to teach with Clip

In the setup mode, you can play the video and either pause or click a question or a multiple choice at the point you want the students to answer.

Set Your Questions

Here you have a choice to either ask and open (opinion) based question or a closed question where you will be able to mark the answers.

  1. Click Question and insert the question in the dialog box.
  2. Click save and continue.
  3. A marker will appear on the video timeline where the video will pause on playback giving the students an opportunity to post an answer from their personal device.

Setting questions on a video


Set Some Multiple Choice Questions

  1. Click multiple choice
  2. Enter a question and some answer and tick the right answer
  3. Save and continue

Setting multiple choice questions on a video

Repeat the above selections throughout the video.

In between questions and multiple-choice the students will be able to comment on a live feed. You can choose to switch this off during playback.

Students commenting on a video in class


Once prepared, you can review and save Clip to “My Activities” or click ‘GO’ to launch straight away.


Students visit http://gospiral.ac on their personal device and enter the session code. You will see their names appear on the whiteboard as they log in.

Students joining a video lesson

Play the video, students can comment as the video plays, or by selecting “Hide Feed” – you can wait until the video pauses and the questions and multiple-choice for the students to see an answer box on their device.

Students commenting on a video

The counter will tell you how many have responded – you can review the answers or the live feed comments at any point during Clip Activity.

If you have chosen a closed question, click on one of the right answers and all the other answers will automatically show correct with a tick message pinged to the student device.

Closed question on a video

Multiple-choice review shows the results and pings a message back to the student’s device to give them their feedback.

You can review the comments at any stage of the Clip activity:

Multiple Choice Questions on a Youtube video


Click ‘Finish’ to end the activity – a page showing the video and all student contributions is there for you to save and share with your #PLN.

Assessing students understanding of a video


Ready to give Clip a try? If you want to give it a whirl with a ready made example, give this Clip lesson on Five Basic Cooking Skills a try at: https://spiral.ac/sharing/b15bmay/five-basic-cooking-skills