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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 Stop-Motion Studio Publisher: EDOKI ACADEMY
Ideal, easy-to-use way to help kids learn basic animation
Grades K-2
Type App
Price $3.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Toontastic 3D Publisher: Google Inc
Flexible tool hands kids the reins for creative animated storytelling
Grades K-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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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
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Shadow Puppet Edu Publisher: Seesaw Learning Inc.
Resource-rich video slide-show maker a gem for a variety of classrooms
Grades 2-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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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
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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
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Animatic Publisher: Doodlely Inc.
Ultra-simple starting point for animation has its uses
Grades 3-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
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Creaza Cartoonist Visit Website: https://web.creaza.com/en/
Versatile cartoon creator for silly or serious storytelling
Grades 3-9
Type Website
Price $200-$999 per year
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Screencastify Visit Website: https://www.screencastify.com/
Easy screen-recording tool facilitates outside-the-box teaching
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Animation & Drawing by Do Ink Publisher: DK Pictures, Inc.
One-stop animation tool for beginners through experts
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price $4.99
Platforms iPad
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Binumi Visit Website: www.binumi.com
One-stop shop for creating and assigning beautiful video stories
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Explain Everything Classic Publisher: Explain Everything, Inc.
Classic version of dynamic presentation tool still excites
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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GoAnimate for Schools Visit Website: https://goanimate4schools.com/
Make professional-looking animations with easy-to-use tool
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try
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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
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AndroVid Video Editor Publisher: zeoxy
Versatile must-have creation tool for classrooms using Android devices
Grades 5-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, Kindle Fire
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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
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EdPuzzle Visit Website: https://edpuzzle.com/
Crop, customize, and remix online videos for your classroom
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free
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Explee Visit Website: https://explee.com/
Build slick, engaging whiteboard animations with Web-based tool
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
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Flipgrid Visit Website: http://flipgrid.com/info/
Pose questions, spark thoughtful video responses with stellar tool
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
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Generator Visit Website: http://generator.acmi.net.au/
Well-rounded, hands-on intro to filmmaking
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
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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
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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
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MediaBreaker Visit Website: https://mbstudios.thelamp.org/
Free video-remix tool boosts media literacy, presents some challenges
Grades 8-12
Type Website
Price Free
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TouchCast Publisher: TouchCast
Cool tool takes videos to next level, but some privacy concerns
Grades 8-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad
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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
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Capzles Visit Website: http://www.capzles.com/
Dynamic slideshows combine photos, videos, text, and music
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
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