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Websites and Apps for Making Videos and Animation

From slide shows and stop-motion animation to short films and remixes, video-making is a tried-and-true way to get kids engaged in building, demonstrating, and sharing knowledge. These video and animation apps and sites offer user-friendly tools and features that make it more fun than ever to get kids' productions created, edited, and polished. 

If your students are making videos in classroom, then they're probably also watching videos in the classroom. If so, check out our tips and resources for how to Get Students Thinking Critically About Video.

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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
ABCya Animate Publisher: ABCya.com
Easy-to-learn tool empowers beginning animators
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Toontastic Publisher: Launchpad Toys
Writer, actor, director: Kids play all parts in riveting storytelling tool
Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
VoiceThread Visit Website: https://www.voicethread.com
Easily collaborate and create with voice, video, or image
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price $79/year
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
TeleStory Publisher: Launchpad Toys
Direct and star in zany TV shows with fun, easy-to-use movie maker
Grades 1-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Zaption Visit Website: http://www.zaption.com/
Interactive video tours, especially in Presenter mode, boost engagement
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
LEGO® Movie Maker Publisher: Lego Systems Inc
Stop-motion animation app has limited features, may inspire creativity
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
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
Common Sense Rating 4
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
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
Explee Visit Website: https://explee.com/
Build slick, engaging whiteboard animations with Web-based tool
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Project Ed Visit Website: https://contests.projected.com/
Aspiring filmmakers converge to create video content for the classroom
Grades 7-10
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Generator Visit Website: http://generator.acmi.net.au/
Well-rounded, hands-on intro to filmmaking
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Animoto Visit Website: http://animoto.com/
Snazzy video slideshows a snap to create
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
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 Publisher: TouchCast
Cool tool takes videos to next level, but some privacy concerns
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free
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
Capzles Visit Website: http://www.capzles.com/
Dynamic slideshows combine photos, videos, text, and music
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4