Pondering the Possibilities of Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker

Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker is a great tool for annotating and remixing audio and video content from the web. If you have used Camtasia or Adobe Flash before, you’ll see some similarities (e.g. layers). If that’s all foreign to you, it’s still easy to learn.

Popcorn Maker lets you add text, pop-ups, images, Wikipedia, Googlemaps and more to a selected audio or video clip. Here are some of the possibilities for its use:

  • Do you use screencast tools with limited editing capabilities? Popcorn Maker can expand your editing options. Take a screencast tutorial you’ve already created and annotate it with text, pop-ups, images, or links. You can even pause the video at strategic intervals to have students complete a specific task.
  • Remix a news clip video. Identify biases and half-truths. Pause and include a link for students to explore that gives an opposing viewpoint. Better yet, let students remix news clips as an evaluation exercise.
  • Popcorn Maker is perfect for digital storytelling.
  • Have students remix a SoundCloud with images, text, links, etc… This promotes multimodal literacy.

Check out this Popcorn Maker tutorial from School Library Journal.

Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker | screencast tutorial from School Library Journal on Vimeo.

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