Tools for Making Videos

Videos are a fantastic format for introducing new concepts and snagging students’ attention. In fact, we always recommend starting your collections with a video as part of the "Watch, Read, Do" model.

Great video tools



Jing is a fantastic, free tool that let’s you film short screencasts (videos that capture what’s happening on your computer screen). Starting out your collection with a screencast can be an extremely effective way to grab your student’s attention. The moment they hear your voice they’re much more likely to pay attention! Screencasts can also be a great way to explain a complicated resource.

Jing is free and very simple to use. The only catch? Your videos must be less than 5 minutes long. When you’re done filming, upload the video to and embed the URL in your collection. Learn more about using Jing in Gooru with this collection.


Popcorn Maker


Popcorn Maker is a free tool released by the non-profit organization Mozilla. With Popcorn Maker you can “remix” media you find online. For example, let’s say you found a youtube video about the D-Day invasions of Normandy. With Popcorn Maker you can add pop-up text, links to relevant Wikipedia articles, and a satellite map of the beaches where the Allied forces landed. When you’re done, you can embed your project in your collection.

Learn more about using Popcorn Maker in Gooru with this collection.



Here’s a free, simple tool that students love. Let’s say you’re teaching about Louis Pasteur. With Blabberize, simply find a picture of Pasteur, and record yourself speaking. Blabberize will animate the picture so it looks like Pasteur is talking. Simple, silly, and surprisingly effective.


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