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.

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.

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.

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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