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Media Tools / Gizmos / Applications / Sites

Creative Commons (CC-Liscenced Legal Media) and WikiMedia (Free Legal Media Use/Community)

Search Creative Commons   /   Videvo: Free Stock Footage  /   /  Archive.Org (old education clips for creative/critical remix) 

iMovie or Windows Movie Maker (PC): Create video works, documentary films, visual essays, cinematic works (any genre), poetronica, experimental films. For newer PCs/Windows, you can edit/creative video films using Microsoft Photo.

Shotcut: Free Cross Platform Video Editor

Knowledge Visualization, Mapping, Timelines

Google Maps and Tour Builder (for Place-Based Digital Stories)

NFB-Stop Motion App / NFB Education Site: See also Stopmotion Magazine / Bruce Bickford / N. McLaren, Neighbors

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.

iBook Author: Interactive multimodal publishing: integrates texts, images and graphics (knowledge visualization and modelling), video works, audio soundfiles, interactive min-presentations, 3-D modelling tools. Mac only.

BookCreator Much less powerful than iBook author but works for PC and Macs.

Ren Py Visual Novel and Game Creator 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.

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 (App: same developer as Super-8) is a silly, incorrect app that allows you to add spider attacks, explosions, avalanches and meteor strikes (and so on) to your narrative.

Glossary of Technical & Aesthetic Film Terms:

Open-Broadcast Software (Screencapture / Streaming – Free)/ Jing (free) or  Camtasia (free trial only) ; Apowersoft (free) or Screencast-O-Matic (Free).

HP5 Interactive Video Tools

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 bendingDatamoshing Glitch Art


Gimp (Free, Powerful)

PhotoShop Mix

Digital Storytelling: Serious Comics / Interactive Story-Telling / Remix Culture

iPad Comic Makers: Apps I have used for Visual Essays, ‘Serious Comics’ and Zines include Halftone 2 and ComicBook! … Both enable you to import your pictures and posterize/cartoon your image (or with several similar apps, you can select template backgrounds, cartoon characters, etc).

Place-Based Inquiry, Mapping, and Narrative Tools: GoogleEarth Tour Builder 

Storytelling with Maps/Tour-Builder FAQ (Collaborative Tours)

Twine is an easy-to-use browser-based gizmo for creative interactive, non-linear narratives (multimodal stories, poetry, essays, or really any genre) and interactive narratives games.

Comiclife is a very dynamic platform for serious comics/cartoons. You can select a version for ipad/iphone or a more comprehensive version for downloading on your computer (mac and PC) Free trial, but not expensive.

Krita – Free Art and Comic-Book Maker. Good stuff.

Resources for Graphic Novel Creation and Making Comics

Klynt: HTML 5 Digital Storytelling   Hype: HTML 5 Digital Storytelling

Splice (Mobile Video Editor)

Machinima: Create a video narrative or document using video games, etc, as your source (remix culture).

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.

Did the LOMO Save Photography? (BBC) A LOMO ‘affinity group’ (Gee, 2003) appeared in the early 1990s, advancing the experimental, democratic aesthetic associated with Lomography.

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.

Hipstamatic (Lomo/Holga-style with light-leak effects) & LO-Mob (Retro-Filters)… on and on…

Collage Makers: PhotoShop Mix & Gimp (Free) Befunky has site and app. Paper and scissors still work very well, with a digital picture chaser, as does Photoshop Touch.

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 bendingDatamoshing Glitch Art

TechSmith (Including Camtasia, Jing, Slide Capture, Multimodal Presentations, etc)

Splice (Mobile Video Editor)

Course WikiMedia Tool

Audio Tools (Soundworks Composition, Editing, Remixing, Publication, etc)

Propellerhead (Suite of Desktop and Mobile Music-Making and Remix Apps) 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)…

Staffpad: Interactive composition and musical notation (real-time knowledge visualization tool)

MPC Sampling/Composing with Tablet App Version iMPC (iTunes)

Tenori-On / Tenori-On for iPad (Soundworks Composition based on innovative Tenori music hardware). Super.

Caustic for Android and for Ipad  (Inter-expressive Keyboard, Beat, Editing Grid, MPC interfaces, Synth-based sound modifications, etc). Caustic is super.

ToneMatrix Matrix-based Looping (just so-so)…but free.

Synthstation (Soundworks Composition – Inter-expressive Keyboard, Beat, Editing Grid, MPC interfaces)

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


USC Game Innovation Lab



Twine / Twine on Gamasutra (Open Source Tool for Developing Non/Linear Narratives/Games)

Codea: iPad game maker / code-learning



Scratch  (MIT Site – Coding)

Mindmapping Tools & Multimodal Presentation Media (can also be used for collaborative work)

Prezi / Mindomo

General Media / Multiple Uses

Nearpod (Interactive Presentation Tool with quiz games, polls, feedback systems etc.)



Explain Anything

Padlet (Interactive Virtual Wall)

Camtasia (Screen Recording)

Screen Capture Tools (Webpage with Links)

Lightbox (learn to code)

Hour of Code (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.

Makey-MakeyArduino /  maker kits

Participatory Cultures: Wiki Media and Community-Created Sites

WikiSpaces & / Wikia – Start your own Wiki (fan-powered wikis, special interest wikis, educational wikis)

Fanfiction   /   Top Fanfiction Portals    /  Deviant Art (Fanfiction)

Hit Record  / Find a Creative Challenge


Media Smarts Media / Digital Media Fundamentals / Teacher Resources

Media Smarts / Media Smarts Ontario [Expectations by Content Area – See Left Navigation Bar]

This is a quick introduction to the SAMR Model, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. It is not meant to be an in-depth view of the model.

Knowledge Visualization and Info-Graphics

Data Visualization Tool Kit and Data Visualization Models

Reality Ignite / Card Deck

New London Group (1996). A Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: New London Group. Harvard Educational Review

New Learning: Transforming Designs for Pedagogy and Assessment (Website)
Multimodal Media Glossary (Glossary of Terms for Multimodal Literacies)

Everything is a Remix (Fun videos on remix, remix culture, and creativity – and good model for digital storytelling)

Natuaural and Responsive Ecology Lab (Sounds/Smell) Edward Tufte (Beautiful Evidence) / Ward Shelly (Art Maps)

Multimedia/Interactive Documentary

Bear 71

7 Deadly Digital Sins

Digital Teaching/Learning Tools / Media / Gizmos

MIT Media Lab and DML and Learning Through Digital Media

MIT App Inventor

Modeling Use of Digital Timelines: 21st Century Learning Project
Created for EDUC 3770

Scalar: Open Source Collaborative Multimodal Media Publication  Scalar Showcase/Models

iPad for Education / iPad Learning Apps

Lightbox (learn to code)

Hour of Code

Statistics GameGuess the Correlation

Tynker (learn coding)




iMovie / Apple: Digital Stories, Movies, Documentations, Slide/Image Import, Themes, Voice-over, Audio/Soundtrack, etc)

NFB-Stop Motion App / NFB Education Site

Windows Movie Maker (PC) Free w/ Windows (Movie, Slide/Image Import, Themes, Voice-over, Audio/Soundtrack, etc)

Videvo: Free Stock Footage



REMIX Culture

“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 — Miller says — 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)

Below is an example of a Info-Graphic (from Collective Commons). If you click the image, you will go to the site where you can read about commons licensing, permission, and use…

Connected Learning

Multimodal Animation/Presentation

Multimedia/Interactive Documentary

Bear 71

7 Deadly Digital Sins

Interactive Simulations for Science and Math