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Top Tools for Remixing

Remix –- or combining different media to make or say something new -– is an essential 21st-century skill, and something kids do naturally, because it's fun to riff on existing media, add your own spin, and create something fresh. Teachers can harness this creative impulse, and focus students' natural tendencies toward remixing on classroom activities that build critical thinking skills, help students learn new technical skills, and encourage them to make productive, critical contributions to the world. Through remix, students create but also think in new ways, and dig into and explore the essence of authorship and meaning. If you're looking to bring remix culture into your classroom, these picks are a good place to start whether your students are interested in video, games, music, memes, or just about any media you can think of.

Faces iMake - Right Brain Creativity Publisher: iMagine Machine LLC
Collage-maker teaches symbolism and revs up creativity
Grades Pre-K-6
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 3
PlayART by Tapook
Mimic and remix the great masters in playful but limited art tool
Grades K-4
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Nearpod Publisher: Panarea
Interactive, multimedia slide shows engage students and provide feedback
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Chrome, Apps for Windows, Mac Apps
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Scratch Visit Website: http://scratch.mit.edu/
Jump-start future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Aurasma Publisher: Aurasma
Augment reality with innovative, somewhat clunky tool
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
EdPuzzle Visit Website: https://edpuzzle.com/
Crop, customize, and remix online videos for your classroom
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Green Screen by Do Ink Publisher: DK Pictures, Inc.
Versatile, easy-to-use moviemaker yields great results
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
TES Teach with Blendspace Visit Website: https://www.tes.com/lessons
Create multimedia lessons with engaging but not-so-interactive style
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Codesters Visit Website: https://www.codesters.com/
Differentiated text-based coding makes for truly authentic experiences
Grades 4-8
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Algodoo Publisher: Algoryx
Sandbox tool enables engaged, conceptual physics inquiry
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
GarageBand Publisher: Apple
Amazingly powerful audio workstation unleashes creativity
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac Apps
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
LittleBigPlanet 2 Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Accessible yet deep game creator will dazzle and challenge
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price 19.99
Platforms PS3
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Mozilla Thimble Visit Website: https://thimble.mozilla.org/
Inspiring platform teaches coding through remixing
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Audacity Visit Website: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Free online music-maker also a lesson in open-source software quality
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Mozilla X-Ray Goggles Visit Website: https://goggles.webmaker.org/
Remix tool reveals code, can strengthen kids' understanding of the web
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Office Mix Visit Website: https://mix.office.com/
Transformative PPT add-on gives a personal touch to flipped lessons
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Skitch Publisher: Evernote
Add a hint of fun to note-taking or annotating images
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
Animoto Visit Website: http://animoto.com/
Create snazzy video slide shows with simple, flexible features
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
MediaBreaker Visit Website: https://mbstudios.thelamp.org/
Free video-remix tool boosts media literacy, presents some challenges
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
TouchCast Publisher: TouchCast
Cool tool takes videos to next level, but some privacy concerns
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated