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Best Interactive Video Apps and Websites

Whether you and your students are making interactive videos, or you just want to create interactive video lessons, there's no shortage of apps and web-based tools to help you. A host of video creation apps offer everything from cartoon and stop-motion animation to video slide shows and even video creation combined with coding skills. Beyond creation, why not repurpose some of the great video content that's already out there? A handful of these apps and sites give you the power to annotate and remix others' creations.

Once you've found a great interactive video tool, head over to our Teaching Strategies page, which will help you Get Students Thinking Critically about Video.

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Simple design makes it easy to jump into interactive video

Bottom line: With features that are both basic and useful, it's an easy tool to learn; adding interactivity to video is a snap.


Provide instant feedback with collaborative, multimedia assessment tool

Bottom line: Engaging, easy-to-use tool that supports both formative and summative assessment while allowing for student collaboration.


Crop, customize, and remix online video content with interactive tool

Bottom line: As a flipped classroom or student creation tool, there are lots of opportunities for use, but teachers will need to be creative if they want students to engage.


Easy screen-recording tool facilitates outside-the-box instruction

Bottom line: If you have access to Chrome, Screencastify is an easy instructional tool that lets teachers and students communicate in new and creative ways.


Free online video library keeps it short and sweet

Bottom line: Quickly search quality videos and create video quizzes to engage students and enhance learning.

Comment Bubble

Customizable video-response tool allows easy, if limited, student feedback

Bottom line: A simple, easy way to add student-friendly assessments to online videos, including quick, customizable responses (e.g., "I get it") or short comments.


Video-sharing tool lets kids combine original and web-based clips

Bottom line: An easy-to-use video tool with collaboration features that enhance creativity, but look elsewhere if you're looking to teach teens to cut video.


Targeted discussions can help make video content more interactive

Bottom line: This time-based video discussion tool increases interaction for traditional, flipped, or blended classrooms, but might offer more in the way of built-in instruction and assessment features.


Free video-remix tool boosts media literacy, presents some challenges

Bottom line: It's not without its challenges for teachers, but at its core MediaBreaker is an easy-to-use and free tool for teaching critical media-making and literacy.

Tools for Video Creation

Toontastic 3D

Flexible tool hands kids the reins for creative animated storytelling

Bottom line: Despite some lack of variety and simple drawing tools, Toontastic 3D remains a terrific, versatile storytelling tool.


Photo- and video-editing tool captures the world with a cartoon lens

Bottom line: Engaging tool may require a focused prompt to get kids thinking about how to use the available options.

Shadow Puppet Edu

Resource-rich video slideshow maker a gem for a variety of classrooms

Bottom line: Easy-to-use free tool is a must-have for elementary classrooms; just keep an eye on sharing and privacy.

Green Screen by Do Ink

Versatile, easy-to-use moviemaker yields great results

Bottom line: High-quality movie maker has numerous uses for students projects.

Stop Motion Studio

Simple, straightforward approach to quickly creating basic animation

Bottom line: Simple tools and helpful tips allow kids to quickly start creating stop-motion videos.


One-stop shop for creating and assigning beautiful video stories

Bottom line: Set students up for storytelling success with quality content and tools in a safe environment.


Solid editing site makes video creation simple and social

Bottom line: With three levels of tools and an easy-to-use interface, kids should have no trouble creating content here.


Movie editor will satisfy beginner and intermediate creators

Bottom line: Despite some limitations with editing, it’s the perfect tool to get teachers and students started with digital video production.


Basic video-slideshow creator introduces kids to digital-design concepts, techniques

Bottom line: Offers an engaging way for kids to enhance their work with photo and video elements.


Well-rounded, hands-on intro to filmmaking

Bottom line: Generator is chock-full of useful advice and hands-on activities that give kids a realistic (and really fun!) overview of the filmmaking process.


Create snazzy video slideshows with simple, flexible features

Bottom line: Slick music videos and slideshows are easy to make, but students need more controls to personalize them.


Create and share videos with cool effects, tons of language options

Bottom line: This slick video creation app is fun, empowering, and accessible in lots of languages, but be careful with sharing.

Vigo Video

15-second video and slideshow creator has potential for classroom use

Bottom line: This is a simple tool for creating and sharing presentations, but teachers will need to be vigilant about monitoring classroom use.

TouchCast Studio

Cool tool takes videos to next level, but some privacy concerns

Bottom line: TouchCast is a creative tool for students to use to present information, but teachers should monitor use.


Cool coding tool tuned to teen girls' passions aids creativity

Bottom line: Learn-to-code programs for youths often too narrowly define what can be done with code; Vidcode expands the options, helping girls see code's value in culture and express themselves.

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