New London Group (1996). A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: New London Group. Harvard Educational Review
Keywords: Multimodal Media Glossary (Terms for Multimodal Literacies)
Remix Culture / Legal Resources
e-Learning (HTML 5) Common Authoring Tools for eLearning Design
Techsmith (Camtasia, etc)
Klynt (HTML 5)
For more, click here: Or do a search for elearning authoring tools
New Media Production Tools
Windows Movie Maker (PC) Free w/ Windows (Movie, Slide/Image Import, Themes, Voice-over, Audio/Soundtrack, etc)
Twine is an easy-to-use browser-based tool for creative interactive, non-linear narratives (multimodal stories, poetry, essays, or really any genre) and interactive narratives games.
Ren Py Visual Novel and Game Creator
Vidibox.com Compose video/soundworks by recording, sampling & remixing. Not just for VJs – limitless possibilities for multiple genres – buggy in record mode. Does not enable image files to be imported, but you can save images as movies (in iMovie, etc) and then import image in video format (image + time). VidiBox tutorials.
iBook Author is a free tool enabling users to write their own multimodal poetry, stories/books and curriculum materials, etc. Can be saved and distributed outside of iTunes U, but requires a Mac/iPad for reader download. It CAN be saved as PDF for Windows/PCs, but much interactivity is lost and format is distorted (as a PDF). Enables video-embedding, image-editing, lots of ‘widgets’, 3-D modelling display, and plenty of serious design features for maximizing multimodal aesthetics.
Super-8 (App) supports retro film aesthetic (e.g, in the tradition of older documentary films, family movies, including frame stutter and light-leak distortions).
Action Movie Effects (same maker as Super-8) is a silly, incorrect app that allows you to add spider attacks, avalanches and meteor strikes (and so on) to your narrative.
Glossary of Technical & Aesthetic Film Terms: Filmsite.org
Open-Broadcast Software (Screencapture / Streaming – Free)
Audacity (Free) Edit, hack & tinker with your Audio-files (Remix/Mashup, Glitch-ify, Tempo Edit, Distort and Elongate, ect)…or use Audicity for Databending > see also: Circuit bending / Datamoshing / Glitch Art
Gimp (Free, Powerful)
PhotoShop Mix & Gimp (Free) Paper and scissors still work very well, with a digital picture chaser, as does Photoshop Touch. Check out PhotoBlend (Double-Exposure), Typography Editors (Create Posters, Add Text to Your Images, and Create Faux-Magazine Covers, Image/Text, etc).
Comiclife is a great platform for serious comics/graphic texts. Powerful and Free.
Krita – Free Art/Multimodal Text Maker.
Klynt: HTML 5 Digital Storytelling (Free Trial)
Splice (Mobile Video Editor)
Before LOMO-Imitating digital Apps & Retro-Filters, there was actually a Soviet-made 35mm film camera, the LOMO – ‘the original camera app’. Remarkable night and low-light shots, surreal colour saturation, and real organic vignetting. Gestural fun, invites experimental attitude, and (not infrequently) great results: the original improvisational, DIY/chance-operations action-camera aesthetic for anyone.
Camera+ Image Editing with Filters (including Lomo). Also good for preparing images for iMovie or cartoon-makers, etc… Introduces camera users to darkroom terminology, image-editing terms, photography aesthetics, and classic camera models.
Scratch by MIT Media Lab
From what we can gather from their website, Scratch is a creative tool that helps users create content that is beyond the barriers of traditional page-turners. Scratch users can create interactive stories, animation, music, and art, then share their creations on the web.
Scribjab ScribJab is a multilingual tool to create and share digital stories in 2 different languages.
Audio Tools (Soundworks Composition, Editing, Remixing, Publication, etc)
Propellerhead (Suite of Desktop and Mobile Music-Making and Remix Apps)
Audiotool.com Cloud-Based Composing/Mixing & Sharing (with server-side software). Free
Soundcloud and MixCloud (Free Publication/Sharing and Social Media Sites). Synthtopia Site for new digital tools, app reviews, models, technique-sharing. CCmixter Resource site for ‘remix culture’. Looping Tools (Resources for Digital and Analog Looping Tools & Techniques)…
Loop with Loopy (Music, Sound, Voice, etc, Looping Gizmo).
Compose music through a digital art-game: Elecktroplankton (Requires secondary recording tool or audio-bus since there is no internal recording tool or ‘save song’ function). See Tenori-on (below) for more powerful production app that supports recording and saving of song files + community-based real-time play.
Audiobus ‘Meta-App’ for app-to-app connection (bussing) or using external microphone, voice, instruments in app-to-app configuration (e.g., Garageband, Loopy, etc).
Game Design / Makers / Tools
Codea: iPad game maker / code-learning
Scratch (MIT Site – Coding)
Learn to Code
Lightbox (learn to code)
Processing.org (learn to code and create multimodal documents through free open-source software sketchbook – a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual/multimodal documents and artworks.
MIT App Inventor Start making apps today.
Codea: iPad game maker / code-learning
General Media / Multiple Uses
Articulate Storyline – Multimodal Presentation Tool
Apowersoft (Screen Recording)
Camtasia (Screen Recording)
Screen Capture Tools (Webpage with Links)
“Everything is a sample, everything is waiting to be sampled; and everything is renewed when it is sampled, broken down, reconstructed and recontextualized. If architecture is, as they say, frozen music, then music is liquid architecture. Music fills and reconfigures space, puts it into motion. All that is solid melts into software — actually, into free software or shareware…Paul Miller’s lecture envisioned — but also pragmatically demonstrated, in brief — the utopian potentialities of postmodern culture. Remix/Remodel. Deform in order to Transform.”
– Steven Sharivo on DJ Spooky (Paul Miller)
- Everything is a Remix (Video Series: remix as means/metaphor for a general theory of creativity). See Whitehead (1929) quote above.
- Embrace the Remix (Video)
- Transformative Networks Journal: Remix (Webpage: offers terms, definitions, videos, examples of remixes, recuts, appropriations, fan remixes, etc) see also Critical Remix (example from Feminist Frequency).
- Remix Studies.Org
- Total Recut (Site dedicated to Remixes, Re/Cuts)
- YouTube Channel dedicated to mash-ups, remixes, and ‘cultural jamming’.
- Re-Examining the Remix, Lessig (Video)
- Mark Ronson Sampling Video/Meta-Ted Talk
- DJ Spooky Paul D. Miller (website and articles by)
Winner, L. (1980). Do Artifacts Have Politics.
Bijker, W. (2010). How is Technology Made? That is the Question Cambridge Journal of Economics 2010.