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Four Features that Make Panopto an Ideal K-12 District-Wide E-Learning Solution for a Post-Pandemic World

As a district IT professional, you likely oversee dozens of schools and their technology. You’re expected to ensure the schools’ K-12 e-learning technology is user-friendly, educationally worthwhile, and cost-effective. 

But you face challenges like cyber security and privacy concerns, and YouTube functionality issues, and those challenges have only been magnified as the pandemic has made effective e-learning essential for every school and every student. It’s critical that school systems like yours have streamlined, easy-to-use technology in place so students can continue to advance academically, whether they are learning remotely or within the physical classroom.

You need a single K-12 e-learning solution that works across your entire district, not a makeshift combination of imperfect tools that causes you to be constantly putting out fires. Panopto is that single solution. Panopto provides the features, ease of use, and security you need to help your district’s teachers and students succeed in the (hopefully) tail end of the pandemic and beyond.

Read on to learn about four of our features that make Panopto an ideal K-12 e-learning solution:

Video quizzing

More than ever, K-12 e-learning solutions need to make it easy to deliver comprehension quizzes so that teachers can keep tabs on their students’ progress. Our interactive video quizzing technology allows teachers to create and publish quizzes with multiple choice, true/false, and multi-select checkbox questions. Panopto’s quizzes encourage active participation in the learning process, which is especially key when schools have to remain flexible in accommodating remote and in-person learning. 

Additionally, since each student’s answers are recorded and aggregated for review, video quizzes provide teachers with a way to track student progress and adjust lesson plans accordingly. Many teachers are finding that the same sorts of topics and concepts their students would easily comprehend in the classroom require additional reinforcement and clarification in a virtual learning environment. Tools like video quizzes make it possible for teachers to uncover those insights.


Mobile accessibility is more essential than ever for both teachers and students thanks to the unique challenges presented by COVID-19. Fortunately, Panopto’s mobile apps for iOS and Android enable access to the complete video platform, including recording, video management, search, playback, and sharing.

Some families do not have enough computers in their households to provide every child with their own desktop or laptop for virtual learning. Many students are using devices like smartphones and tablets to access their lessons and homework, and your school’s e-learning solution needs to make that experience as seamless as possible.

Panopto’s mobile capabilities make it easy for teachers to create, manage, and share videos from anywhere, and allow students to access those videos and submit their assignments from any device.

Screen recording solutions

When students need to learn remotely, teachers rely on technology to provide a rich, interactive learning experience. Screen capture and recording with Panopto Capture and Panopto Express make this easier by allowing teachers to screencast and walk students through their presentations as if they were all in one room. Teachers can choose to capture multiple screens, record from multiple cameras, or add their own audio and video via webcam.

From teaching students how to use online programs to sharing a presentation with supplementary online material, screen recording allows classrooms to continue to function in a virtual environment without significant sacrifices to the quality of education students receive.

Media library portal

Panopto’s video content management gives you all the functionality of a YouTube channel, but with the security, customization and scalability your school system needs now that online learning has become a greater part of both virtual and in-person classrooms. YouTube consistently falls short for K-12 e-learning needs due to poor security, a lack of control over ads, and insufficient management options that don’t work for a school or district with a lot of content.

In contrast, Panopto’s portal makes it easy for teachers to create an accessible library of all of their lessons, class presentations, student assignment videos and more. It includes important secure features not available on YouTube, like chapter markers within long videos, robust search capabilities, high-quality transcription services and the option to attach files as either links (Google Docs, Google Slides, etc.) or downloads (PDF, Powerpoint). These features make it easier than ever for students to engage with video content and review reference sections.

Panopto’s media library portal also offers security features that allow media specialists and librarians to properly include licensed and copyrighted video materials. On YouTube, the use of these materials could breach the school’s licensing agreements and intellectual property protections. Finally, it’s important to note that Panopto never includes ads or external “related content,” which can make an already distracting e-learning environment even more cluttered and confusing for students.


If you’re ready to see how these features can streamline your K-12 e-learning experience for your school district during this challenging time and beyond, sign up for a free trial. If you have more questions about how Panopto can work for you, don’t hesitate to contact us.