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Top Tools for Remixing

Remixing –- or combining different media to make or say something new -– is an essential 21st-century skill. It gets kids making things, thinking in new ways, and digging into the essence of meaning. These picks run the gamut and get kids tinkering with websites, collages, games, videos, and music.

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
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
Monster Exchange Visit Website: http://www.monsterexchange.org/
Draw, get descriptive with fun, kooky monster-based writing project
Grades 2-6
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 movie maker yields great results
Grades 3-12
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: 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 Not Yet Rated
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 music workstation unleashes the musician in us all
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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
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
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, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Project Spark Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Powerful, complex introduction to coding and game design
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Xbox One
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
MediaBreaker/Studios 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 Studio 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