Video Tools

What online video tools are available?

“The use of video in education is growing by leaps and bounds. Videos are used in classrooms to support student learning, they play a critical role in flipped learning, and they also figure prominently in teacher professional development. One of the best parts about educational videos? Educators can usually find a free high-quality video to suit any number of needs.” (eSchool News)

Today’s students were born into the video age. While producing videos was once equipment and labor intensive, not to mention expensive, today’s smart phones capture video anywhere and everywhere. If it is happening, someone is shooting video! The tools to create, edit and share videos are now readily available, inexpensive and, in many cases, free.

“Video sharing refers to websites or software where a user can distribute their video clips. Some services may charge, but the bulk of them offer free services. Many services have options for private sharing and other publication options. Video sharing services can be classified into several categories, among them: user generated video sharing websites, video sharing platform / white label providers and web based video editing.” (Wikipedia)

Video hosting sites allow users to upload video clips and store them on the hosting site’s server. This saves server space on the school’s or individual’s site or server and provides a central place to store videos. Video hosting sites also provide codes to share the video clips by a URL or embedded code for blogs, wikis and other websites. Generally, these sites allow users to rate videos, save favorites, and comment on any video clip. Little programming or technical skill is necessary to upload and/or display video clips using video hosting sites.

Other online video services allow users to record and/or edit videos online or convert other media such as graphics, slides, photos and music into video formats.

Note: Many online video tools are blocked by schools and districts. On the other hand, many are used to share student and teacher created videos!

School uses

  • Create promotional videos for the library media center, new titles, and special events
  • Post screencast tutorials for classes
  • Access commercial book trailers
  • Help students create original videos and mashups for classes and reports
  • Help students create booktrailers
  • Create booktalks and booktrailers
  • Post and share student and teacher produced book trailers
  • Post and share student video projects and reports
  • Show instructional videos
  • Help students to include videos in wikis, blogs and reports
  • Entertain teachers and students (video of the day or week)
  • Include video clips in presentations
  • Introduce research topics
  • Teach about video sharing
  • Teach about copyright and creative commons licensing
  • Bring experts and authors into the classroom
  • Produce smiles
  • Use in teacher training
  • Highlight special events
  • Link from curriculum pages created with teachers to curriculum related videos
  • Teach research skills
  • Learn new technology and professional skills
  • Share orientation videos
  • Archive student presentations for self-, peer-, teacher and/or parent review
  • Archive teacher/LMS presentations for self- and/or peer review
  • Provide anytime, anyplace professional development and tutorials
  • Share videos about how to do research, how to use library databases, how to do anything….
  • Flipping Instruction (What is flipping?)


Popular Video Sites

  • YouTube One of the most popular video sharing sites (and, sadly, most blocked) {watching, sharing]
  • TeacherTube Videos produced and/or uploaded by educators to be shared with educators [watching, sharing]
  • Vimeo A video-sharing website on which users can upload, share and view videos [watching, sharing]
  • SchoolTube Curriculum related videos produced by and for students. Moderated. {watching, sharing}
  • Kahn Academy A video library of over 3000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills.. [watching]

Best Sites

Many, but not all of the sites included in the above lists are included below.


  • Academic Earth is a very useful resource especially for those students who don’t get the opportunity to study in top-class, prestigious institutions. Academic Earth is an educational video depot for individual teachers and entire courses from top universities in the USA.
  • AFI ScreenNation A learning space from the American Film Institute. View instructional videos, browse short videos from others. Now a channel on YouTube.
  • Awesome Stories Focusing on history, biography, natural disasters, philosophy, the arts, and sports.
  • BigThink Thought provoking videos from the worlds of politics, academia, science, and business with the capability of accepting comments
  • Blip.TV Movies and video segments.
  • CommonCraft Popular videos explaining (in plain English) how things work.
  • Complabteacher This video resource features more than 4,000 educational videos with more than 8 million views
    (eSchool News)
  • Discovery Education Although DIscovery provides videos through a paid subscription service, they also offer some free teacher resources including video and video clips.
  • Educator:,com This site covers topics such as biology, physics, test prep, computer programming, and more. (eSchool News)
  • Explania Thousands of animated explanations, tutorials and instructional videos.
  • Have Fun Teaching – videos for early primary grades by topic: alphabet, shapes, colors, fitness, math, etc.
  • How Stuff Works is also another relatively popular video-sharing channel which presents a good case for being an alternative to using YouTube in the classroom. Even though it cannot be said to be an entirely-educational website, it still contains information that can be of use in the classroom.
  • Hulu TV shows, movies, movie trailers in a great viewer
  • John Locker – documentaries and educational videos
  • KarmaTube Inspirational stories demonstrating acts of kindness, beauty, and generosity.
  • Knowmia video lessons by teachers for high school students but available to anyone. Over 8000 videos available.
  • The Learnia Find, upload, share and use videos for teaching and learning with a social networking twist.
  • Learning Games for Kids These preschool and kindergarten videos run the gamut from color, the alphabet, letter sounds, counting, science, and science experiments.
  • LearnZillion 2000+ video lessons from teachers aligned to the Common Core State Standards
  • Library of Congress: Through the Library of Congress, you can find videos and other classroom materials for learning about American history.
  • Math A Tube Videos to help elementary students and their parents with mathematics
  • MIT Video Over 12,000 videos and over 100 channels for high school, college and professional development.
  • NASA TV: Tune in to NASA TV to watch launches, talks, even space station viewing.
  • NextVista for Learning View videos made by teachers and students.
  • SchoolsTube A place for schools to view and share videos.
  • Sqooltube Free videos for K-8 by subject area.

Snag Films Movies, small independent films and documentaries many of which are useful in education.

StumbleVideo From the StumbleUpon social bookmarking folks.

TeacherTube Math This video resource covers fractions, multiplication, and math from the elementary level up through college.

TED Talks Search the database of tallks from TED: Ideas Worth Sharing

WatchKnowLearn Videos from many sources organized by subject area


  • Animoto Upload photos, select music and Animoto renders a music video for you. Quick and easy. Also, check out the free Animoto for Educationprogram and features.
  • Binumi allows you to create and share videos using millions of royalty-free multimedia clips. (free and premium)
  • Biteable Just select an animation style from Biteable’s template gallery, edit the text and colours, the add photos and music. When your are done editing your video, click on ‘Email Me My Video’ and your video will be created in a matter of minutes.
  • GoAnimate creates animated videos. Choose your characters and backgrounds or use your own photos. Use their music and sound effects or upload your own.
  • IgniteCast Create multimedia using images, videos, powerpoints, screencasts, voiceovers, music, and more. Then upload your creations to IgniteCAST. You can share your content with the world or privately.Also, see BrainShark and VCasmo.
  • Kids’ VId Helps kids learn to use and share video as a tool for project based learning
  • Magisto Combine images and music to create a video. (Similar to Animoto).
  • Masher Mix your photos, music, text and special effects to create professional looking videos in minutes
  • Powtoon An animated presentation tool offering a variety of styles. Read how teachers and students are using Powtoon here. I made our Christmas greeting one year and it was easy and fun! You can export it as a video to YouTube, too.
  • Raw Shorts Create quick animated videos with your content from templates.
  • RenderForest Templates for creating quick videos. View them online with watermark for free, or pay to download in high quality. For some, you only need to add text; for many others you can upload photos. Use your own music or theirs! Here’s a 30-second video that was created just by filling in the blanks!
  • SharaLike Upload your photos to create a slideshow/ video! Choose from a variety of styles and use their music or yours!
  • Show Creates music videos with your own photos and video clips.
  • Stupeflix turns video clips, photos, music and text into videos.
  • PicoVico Creates videos from your photos. Import pictures from Facebook,Flickr or computer,and adds music and text to it.Export to YouTube or Facebook, embed it on your blog or webpage, or just share the link. Easy to use.
  • Videolicious Choose your photos and let Videolicious do the rest. Similar to PicoVIco and Animoto.
  • VideoScribe literally gives you a hand to create your video. You choose an image, place it on the canvas, click on the play button and a hand will draw the image for you. Add music from their library or import your own (must be a svg file–scalable vector image), or add pre-recorded voice and watch the story unfold! You can choose from a variety of hands, papers and drawing tools. VideoScribe will also let you place an image–that is, slide it into place instead of drawing it, similar to one of the animation techniques used in PowToon.
  • YouTube/Create Uploading and editing tools and a library of free music.
  • You Tube Sideshows Import your photos, sequence and add music. Post to YouTube (of course!)
  • WeVideo is a collaborative video building and editing site. There is a section just for K-12 education. Students and teachers can work together on the same video project, make changes, provide feedback, and explain their visual thinking during the creation process.
  • Wideo Upload photos, add animation and audio. Done!

Editing, Remixing & Enhancing

  • Blubbr Create interactive quizzes that are based on YouTube clips. Your quizzes can be about anything of your choosing. The structure of the quizzes has a viewer watch a short clip then answer a multiple choice question about the clip. Viewers know right away if they chose the correct answer or not. (Free Tech for Teachers)
  • Creaza Video and audio editing tools for students and teachers. “This site offers an integrated, web-based toolbox for students and teachers to house creative work, both at school and at home. The Creaza site has integrated into it’s fully developed thematic universes such as historical periods, fairy-tales, and fantasy worlds to name a few.” (Edudemic)
  • Educanon lets you design lessons based on videos from both YouTube and Vimeo, generate questions on the content of videos, and share it together with videos in a single lesson.
  • Edpuzzle allows you to use only what you need from any video, insert audio notes or record over a video with your voice, and add questions at any point in the video and track your students’ understanding.
  • Embed Plus Get the code to embed a video on your webpage; add enhanced features like real-time reactions, movable zoom, slow motion, annotations, chapter / scene skipping, and more to your video embeds. Create and embed playlists, too.
  • Loopster Online video editor: upload, edit, share. Reorder and slow or speed up video clips as well as add text, graphics, sound effects and fancy transitions.
  • Mad Video – Create interactive videos by adding text, links and other actions to your video or a YouTube video.
  • Masher Create videos by mixing together video clips, music tracks, and photos. You can use a”library of BBC motion gallery clips, Rip Curl and more. You can also “mash” your videos and photos with the masher library content, add text, music and special effects.” (Edudemic)
  • MoocNote is a free tool for adding timestamped comments, questions, and links to videos. To do this on MoocNote you simply paste a link to a YouTube video into the MoocNote editor. Once the video is imported you can start to add your comments, questions, and links. (Free Tech for Teachers)
  • Rapt Media Create your own interactive branching videos.
  • TeachEm allows anyone to create a class from YouTube videos by adding time stamped flashcards and review questions.
  • TED-Ed Make a lesson from any YouTube video using these tools.
  • ThingLink Video Add questions, links, photos, more videos, text and more to any video. See a showcase of examples here.
  • TouchCast is an entirely new way to experience video. Embed web links, documents, pictures and more into video presentations. Make video completely interactive. Touchcast offers templates and easy to use options. Users can create content online or use the Touchcast App for a full hands-on experience. Create and show videos on the Touchcast site, or opt to share via Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. Grades: 6-12 (AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning 2015)
  • Vibby Highlight, share and discuss the best parts of a video.
  • VideoAnt From U of Minnesota, this tool helps you add annotations, or comments, to web-hosted videos. VideoAnt-annotated videos are called “Ants”.
  • VideoNotes is a free Chrome extension that allows students to take notes on a video they are watching. The notes are synchronized with the video being watched. The good thing about VideoNotes is that it is integrated into Google Drive which means that students will be able to save their notes directly to their Drive account and access, edit, and work on them anytime they want. All the notes are time-stamped. (Educational Technology and Mobile Learning)
  • Video Toolbox Full-teatured online video editing.
  • Viewbix Add links,Twitter feeds, QR codes, related materials to existing YouTube videos. For example, this Grammar Girl video has been Viewbix enhanced with these features:
    • Call to action (Now You Try It button) opens a quiz
    • RSS and Twitter feeds keeps viewers up to date
    • YouTube channel showcases related videos
    • QR code provides a direct link to her website
    • List allows multiple calls to various landing pages
  • Weavly Mix and mashup videos, audio and gifs from YouTube, LoopCam and SoundCloud.
  • WeVideo Edit videos collaboratively online. Offers two different modes:
    • Storyboard – Great when you are getting started or moving quickly. Just arrange your clips in order. Trim. Add text. Apply a Theme and publish.
    • Timeline – Great when you want a bit more creative control. It gives you the ability to customize the timing and the style of text, transitions, effects and audio. It also has additional tracks for graphics and voice overs.
  • YouTube video editor Edit, trim, compile and publish your videos on The resulting video can then be embedded on your own website or blog.
  • YouTube annotations Add interactive commentary to your videos in YouTube.
  • YouTube Tools for Teachers and Students A Pinterest board full of tools!

Other Video Tools

  • AlarmTube Set a time and choose a video to wake up to! Classroom timer?
  • QuieTube This is a bookmarklet that, when you are on a video you want to watch, you click and it strips away all the content on the page except for the video. No annoying comments. No inappropriate suggested videos after. Just the video you want to show. (TeachHub)
  • NicerTube View YouTube videos without the ” fluff, distractions and sometimes-dodgy content around YouTube videos.”
  • Safeshare.TV provides a unique combination of the ability to view the video with minimum distraction as well as the ability to crop distracting scenes within the video
  • TubeChop allows you to easily chop a funny or interesting section from any YouTube video and share it.
  • YouTube Snips Download YouTube videos quickly.
  • Vialogues uses videos as teaching resources. You can upload your videos and start a discussion around them either privately or publicly.
  • ViewPure allows viewers to “purify” videos–watch them without dstracting ads or other page features.
  • Watch2Gether Enjoy the internet in-sync with others.. “You create your own, private screening room. You then share the room via a link with your group. They enter and you can watch the video, synced together. There is an option to create playlists and the chat feature works great for collaboration. (TeachHub)
  • Zamzar Download and convert video to a variety of different formats (Also converts other kinds of files to different formats)


  • Jing Lets you capture screen images and/or what you do on your computer as a video (using free downloadable software) and then share online–great for tutorials!
  • PixiClip lets you record a two and a half minute long screencast using either audio or text to narrrate. Upload images, draw sketches, and share replays with friends!
  • Screencast-O-Matic SImple screen capture device that produces screencasts–with or without sound–that can be embedded into your website without downloading software.
  • ScreenCastle Push button recording! Visit the website, click the start button and you’re recording. You have the option to enable voice recording for your screencasts. Screencasts made using Screen Castle can be viewed on the Screen Castle website or embedded into another website or blog.
  • Skitch Screen capture tool–capture an image or create a screencast. (free download)
  • One little twist on screencasting that I’ve found very handy is ShowMeWhatsWrong. When someone is having trouble doing something on their computer, you use the site to email them a special ShowMeWhatsWrong generated URL. They click on it, begin recording their screen, do whatever it is they are doing, and stop the recording. A URL for the resulting screencast–up to five minutes long–is sent to you so you can see exactly what’s happening and give them immediate help.

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