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5 Best Video Editing Apps for Kids

These video editing apps engage kids to write narratives, create storyboards, organize productions, and collaborate with peers, all of these being concepts that kids are encouraged to learn in school.

It's not uncommon for kids to use tablets or phones to create videos, creating stunning videos that are compelling, well-produced, innovative, truly social, and/or something worth sharing with the world isn’t so easy.

Making videos is a natural medium for this generation of students. Using video creation apps can really spice up the classroom and take the pressure off as a teacher. Having students make their own videos helps them to be in charge of their own learning. As an added bonus, using videos in the classroom helps school get just a little closer to a kid's real life.

Magisto - Magical Video Editor

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Magistro – Video Editor & Maker is a fun and easy way to automatically edit videos and photos and share them with your friends and family. Magisto will turn your video and photos into beautiful edited movies, complete with music and effects, in minutes. (iOS and Android)


( iPad - Free )

iMovie app helps you to make beautiful HD movies anywhere with iMovie, the fast and fun moviemaking app that puts everything you need to tell your story at your fingertips. Browse and play projects in the Marquee view. Create Hollywood-style trailers or sophisticated home movies in minutes.* And share your finished projects with the world — straight from iMovie. 


( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Toontastic 3D is a powerful and engaging tool for digital storytelling and provides kids with a set of digital tools to create their own cartoons. It's visually appealing, has great in-app support and sharing features, and relies on self-created animation and narration to tell stories. Toontastic 3D provides a stunningly easy way by how it makes the complicated process of creating an animated short movie so simple. 
The app allows kids to choose the characters and setting for each scene and animate their characters by simply shuffling them around with their fingertips as they naturally would when playing with, say, paper dolls. The app walks kids through the creative process with a plot/story arc template and concisely explains the fundamentals of storytelling (setup, conflict, challenge, climax, and resolution).
Toontastic 3D allows students to manipulate characters as they provide voice and narration for the story.  Toontastic 3Dmakes use of standard story templates that help guide students through the basic elements of plot (story arc) as they create their animated story.

Shadow Puppet Edu

( iPad - Free )

Shadow Puppet Edu is a utility app which allows students and teachers to make engaging presentations and slideshows out of photos, videos, sound clips and voiceovers. Users can start a new presentation, select their library of visual content, add animated text and background music and then record themselves going through the presentation, commenting on the images in front of them and using a range of annotative tools to give more visual feedback and a sense of interaction. 

Animoto Video Maker

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Animoto lets you quickly and easily combine text, images, and videos into beautiful videos. The app functions very similar to the website as students can use their iPhone to select from various multimedia (music, photos, and clips) and share their creations with teachers and classmates. Students learn how to create video slideshows by organizing multimedia into creative digital storytelling.  The app offers over 50 different video styles, hundreds of songs in a built-in music library and the ability to share via popular social media platforms.

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