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In these short video tutorials from KQED learn the basics for how to use free online tools for teaching and learning. The following tools can be incorporated into the classroom to convey information visually, make persuasive arguments and allow for a variety of collaborative opportunities.

  • Exploring Social Media With #Hashtags

    Learn more about hashtags and to see them in action across different platforms with this video from KQED.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Make Short Social Video Loops With Vine

    Vine is a smartphone app for iOS, Android and Windows that allows you to make and share short looping videos. Vine’s approach is to keep video short and simple, limiting video clips to 7 second loops that fit nicely into social media contexts. To get started with Vine, you’ll need to download the app for your device and setup an account. Once you've done that, follow along with the video demonstration.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Write and Read Online With Medium

    Medium is a web based platform for reading and creating great writing. It has a beautiful, simplistic interface that’s free of distractions yet has just the right feature set to be a powerful tool.
    Grades: 6-13+
  • Make Interactive Mashups With Pop

    Pop is a smartphone app for making interactive media mashups and remixes out of GIFs, still images and short video clips.  Pop has a smart, intuitive approach that packs a lot of functionality into a deceptively simple package.  As of now, Pop is only available on iOS, but an Android version is on its way.  Pop is deeply social and allows users to create visual conversations riffing off of and remixing content from Pop to Pop.   To get started making your own Pops, go to the iTunes App store and download it for free by searching 'GoPop' and then follow along with the video.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Remix Websites With Mozilla’s X-Ray Goggles

    X-Ray Goggles is a tool that lets you remix live web pages right in your browser. This means you can start out with any website on the Internet and go right into its code to creating your own distinct version.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Collaborative Website Building with Tumblr

    Tumblr is a hugely popular, highly social blogging platform with an emphasis on images.  It is a great tool because it’s free, easy to use and a lot of fun.  Many Tumblr sites are dedicated to gathering and sharing images on a particular theme.  Lots of individual users use them for social networking, and it is also common for groups and businesses to use them as part of their online identity and for social marketing outreach.  With a little bit of extra know-how, Tumblr can be a powerful tool for collaborative website building.

    To get started, head over to, click the ‘sign up’ button and then follow along with this video tutorial.


    Grades: 6-13+
  • Using Google Forms and Spreadsheets

    In this KQED video tutorial learn about Google forms and spreadsheets, Google Drive tools for collecting, organizing and visualizing data.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Save Streaming Videos for Offline Use with Dirpy Studio

    This video demonstrates how to use Dirpy Studio, a free web-based tool that allows you to save online streaming videos as offline files.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Make Dynamic Video Experiences with Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker

    Popcorn Maker is a free online tool for creating enhanced web-based video experiences. It allows for simple edits, remixes, and mashups of online videos and enhancement with images, text, popups, links, and information from Wikipedia and Google Maps.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Make an Animated GIF

    Learn how to make an animated GIF with this video from KQED. Animated gifs (also pronounced jiffs) are a type of file that have been around for a long time but have seen a recent resurgence in popularity.  GIFs can be treated like still images in the way that they are uploaded and shared, but they are animated, so they can behave like tiny looping videos or slideshows. 

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Make an Infographic with

    Learn how to create an infographic using with this video from KQED. Infographics can be useful tools whenever you are trying to convey information that lends itself to visual representation. Infographics are especially good at making numerical data easy to see and understand. By creating an infographic, your information can come to life, tell a story, and make a more persuasive argument.  It is because of this that you encounter infographics in all kinds of situations from advertising and marketing to educational presentations and publications.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Make a Quick Video with MixBit

    In this KQED video learn how to make and share short videos with MixBit, an app and platform. MixBit, along with Vine and Instagram video, it is one of a number of new platforms that aims to make video sharing faster and easier within a social media context. What’s interesting about Mixbit is it’s emphasis on video editing and the fact that it lets users create remixes and edits from each others content.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Build a Wall Using Padlet

    Build a wall using the visual authoring tool, Padlet with this video from KQED.  The basic idea of Padlet is simple, yet powerful – it gives you a blank ‘wall’ where you can assemble all kinds of visual media. It’s a great way to create visual arguments, presentations, timelines or more. It’s also a great tool for collaborating because you can share a wall amongst various users. 

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Make a Popplet, a Collaborative Mind Mapping Tool

    In this KQED video learn how to use Popplet, an online tool for visually organizing your ideas and projects. This process is also referred to as ‘mind mapping.’ Popplet is available as a browser-based web tool or as an app for mobile devices and tablets. create connections and clusters between ideas or tasks on a virtual whiteboard. Popplet could be used to present your research on a particular subject.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Make an Interactive Timeline with Timetoast

    Use this short video from KQED to create an interactive timeline using Timetoast. 

    Interactive timelines are a great way to create dynamic projects exploring topics that lend themselves to a chronological presentation – topics could include a wide variety of content areas including history, of course, but also cultural and creative trends, personal timelines and more. The basic idea of an interactive timeline is that you organize information along a timeline based on dates, and that the elements you include are clickable, so that you can create entries on the timeline that expand and can be explored in more depth, and that can include dynamic media in addition to text.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • How to Make a Prezi™

    Prezi is an online tool for creating presentations that break free of the standard linear slideshow style of presentation that we often encounter. Instead of slides, Prezi presents you with a wide open canvas where you can organize and arrange your visual elements and then create a pathway for playback that zooms from one element to the next, creating a unique dynamic experience. Prezi offers a very robust authoring environment representing limitless possibilities for your creativity. In this video, we’re going to cover the basic tools to get you started.

    Grades: 6-13+