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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 slideshows 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.

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Interactive video creator has great question variety

Bottom line: This tool strikes a nice balance, offering teachers an easy intro to interactive video mixed with a large set of features that can lead to increasingly sophisticated lesson design.


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

Bottom line: This is a valuable tool that teachers can use to flip classrooms or support student-led creation.


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.


Solid cloud-based editing site makes video creation simple and social

Bottom line: With two levels of editing tools and an easy-to-use interface, students of all ages should have no trouble creating and editing their video content to demonstrate learning.


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 and photo editor yields great results

Bottom line: High-quality moviemaker and photo editor has numerous uses for students' projects.


Create and edit sophisticated screencasts without breaking the bank

Bottom line: This is the most flexible screencasting tool, but it requires patience -- and perhaps a subscription -- to unlock all of its possibilities.

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.

AndroVid - Video Editor

Versatile must-have creation tool for classrooms using Android devices

Bottom line: Easy-to-use tool enables Android users to create movies or slideshows.


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.

Film It

A well-rounded, entertaining, hands-on intro to filmmaking

Bottom line: Chock-full of useful advice and hands-on activities that give students a realistic (and really fun!) overview of the movie-making process.

TouchCast Studio

Cool tool takes videos to the next level

Bottom line: It's a creative tool for teachers to make interactive video content and for students to present information, but teachers should monitor use.


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.


Cool coding tool tuned to teens' passions aids creativity

Bottom line: Women-created platform expands the traditional scope of coding to visual elements students interact with online everyday.

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