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Websites and Apps for Making Videos and Animation

Teachers know that video making is a tried and true way to get kids engaged in building, demonstrating, and sharing knowledge. These apps and sites feature user-friendly tools and features that make it more fun than ever before to get kids' productions edited and polished.

1.
Easy Studio - Introduction to Animation Publisher: Les Trois Elles Interactive
Ideal, easy-to-use way to help kids learn basic animation
Grades K-2
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
2.
ABCya Animate Publisher: ABCya.com
Easy-to-learn tool empowers beginning animators
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms iPad
Graphite Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
3.
Toontastic Publisher: Launchpad Toys
Writer, actor, director: Kids play all parts in riveting storytelling tool
Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad
Graphite Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
4.
VoiceThread Visit Website: https://www.voicethread.com
Easily collaborate and create with voice, video, or image
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
5.
TeleStory Publisher: Launchpad Toys
Direct and star in zany TV shows with fun, easy-to-use movie maker
Grades 1-5
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
6.
Shadow Puppet Edu Publisher: Shadow Puppet Inc.
Resource-rich video slideshow creator a gem for elementary classrooms
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Graphite Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
7.
Creaza Cartoonist Visit Website: http://www.creazaeducation.com/this-is-creaza/Cartoonist
Versatile cartoon creator for silly or serious storytelling
Grades 3-9
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Graphite Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
8.
Green Screen by Do Ink Publisher: DK Pictures, Inc.
Versatile, easy-to-use movie maker yields great results
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
9.
Animation & Drawing by Do Ink Publisher: DK Pictures, Inc.
One-stop animation tool for beginners through experts
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
10.
GoAnimate for Schools Visit Website: http://goanimate4schools.com/
Make professional-looking animations with easy-to-use tool
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
11.
Mozilla Popcorn Maker Visit Website: https://popcorn.webmaker.org/
Impressive free tool for teaching video editing, remix, and fair use
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
12.
PowToon Visit Website: http://www.powtoon.com/edu-home/
Super-cool presentation tool relies on teacher for classroom relevance
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
13.
WeVideo Visit Website: http://www.wevideo.com
Solid editing site makes video creation simple and social
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Graphite Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
14.
AndroVid Video Editor Publisher: zeoxy
Versatile must-have creation tool for classrooms using Android devices
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, Kindle Fire
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
15.
iMovie Publisher: Apple
Pro-quality HD movie maker is easy enough for beginners
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
16.
Project Ed Visit Website: https://www.projected.com
Aspiring filmmakers converge to create video content for the classroom
Grades 6-9
Type Website
Price Free
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
17.
EdPuzzle Visit Website: https://edpuzzle.com/
Crop, customize, and remix online videos for your classroom
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
18.
Generator Visit Website: http://generator.acmi.net.au/
Well-rounded, hands-on intro to filmmaking
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
19.
Animoto Video Maker Publisher: Animoto Inc.
Slick video-slideshow tool lets kids tell stories and share them
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
20.
Animoto Visit Website: http://animoto.com/
Snazzy video slideshows a snap to create
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
21.
Explain Everything Publisher: MorrisCooke
Powerhouse tool for creating stellar multimedia presentations
Grades 7-12
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
22.
TouchCast Publisher: TouchCast
Cool tool takes videos to next level, but some privacy concerns
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
23.
Vidcode Visit Website: http://www.vidcode.io/
Cool coding tool tuned to teen girls' passions aids creativity
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
24.
Capzles Visit Website: http://www.capzles.com/
Dynamic slideshows combine photos, videos, text, and music
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Graphite Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
25.
Vyclone Publisher: Vyclone Inc
Video tool teaches basic recording skills, collaboration, and teamwork
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows Phone
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4