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Free Online Resources to Spark Creativity

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Name of websiteType of MediaDescriptionLink to site:Sign in requiredDownload of freeware requiredSample media made from this siteTutorial
Name of websiteType of MediaDescriptionLink to site:Sign in requiredDownload of freeware requiredSample media made from this siteTutorial
3D Snowflake Maker Image Editing/Drawing mesmerizing snowflake designer http://www.zefrank.com/snowflake/ No No   
Ahead Multi-media/Mix Interactive web layout; something like a web-page Prezi http://ahead.com/# Yes No   
Animoto Video/Presentation beautiful slideshows for your photos or short video clips; library of music available for your use; free 30 second videos included, or free videos for teachers who apply; ability to download videos or share privately http://animoto.com/ Yes No Living History  
Architect Studio 3D Image Editing/Drawing for the future architecht and designer http://www.architectstudio3d.org/AS3d/home.html No Yes   
Art.com Art pad Image Editing/Drawing Simple digital drawing and painting that becomes animated when you are done.  http://artpad.art.com/artpad/painter/ Optional No "Be Creative!" (sample)  
Audio Boo Audio Free 3 minute recordings; Can easily share the link, or "embed" the audio player on your website or blog. Can also add a pic. and a geotag on a map. Other options include emailing the "boo" or phoning it in.  Audio Boo  Yes No Asim's Wii (Personal Narrative writing assignment turned into Audio / 
AudioPal Audio http://www.audiopal.com/editor.html AudioPal Optional No Teacher Sample of assignment directions / 
Aviary Multi-media/Mix Full suite of media making tools; more complex tool for older students http://www.aviary.com/ No No   
Aww: A web whiteboard Image Editing/Drawing Simple drawing tool; Like a web whiteboard http://awwapp.com/ No No   
Be Funky Image Editing/Drawing Easy, creative image editing tool for beautiful effects/digital art http://www.befunky.com/ No No Be Funky samples in a Picasa web album  
BgPatterns Image Editing/Drawing a tiny web app for making background patterns in a few clicks. Fun, beautiful, and easy http://www.bgpatterns.com/ No No   
Big Huge Labs Image Editing/Drawing "Flickr Toys" - helping you do cool things with digital photos http://bighugelabs.com/ No No   
Blabberize Video/Presentation Make hilarious talking pictures that you can share easily, embed, or download as a quicktime movie. Great for teaching point of view, or character development Blabberize Yes No http://blabberize.com/view/id/254333 / 
Block Posters Image Editing/Drawing In 3 easy steps, you can upload your photo, blow it up larger than life, crop it into squares, and then download it as a .pdf which can be printed in 8.5x11sheets to make a giant mural. http://www.blockposters.com/default.aspx No No   
Bomomo Image Editing/Drawing interesting digital drawing tools to make shapes and digital drawings; fun and easy http://bomomo.com/ No No   
Bookr Writing free tool for making photobooks with Flickr images; search Flickr for images within the application, add text, and publish http://www.pimpampum.net/bookr/ Yes Yes Food Vocabulary Book: sample  
Build Your Wild Self Image Editing/Drawing wild avatar maker; fun and easy; great for K-5 http://buildyourwildself.com/ No No   
Clevr Image Editing/Drawing Stitch together several photos into a panorama with hotspots; easy share/embed options http://www.clevr.com/ Yes No   
Closr.it Image Editing/Drawing Zoom and share your images. Place to upload and embed, etc. http://www.closr.it/ No No http://www.closr.it/show/NBdgdcex4nv  
Collage Machine Image Editing/Drawing make easy collages with shapes and pictures that are provided http://www.nga.gov/kids/zone/collagemachine.htm No Yes   
Color Scheme Designer Image Editing/Drawing a color wheel to help you match complementary colors for design http://colorschemedesigner.com/ No No   
Crayola Creative Fun Image Editing/Drawing draw, color, write books, a set of creative tools for kids http://www.crayola.com/creative-fun/ No No http://www.crayola.com/play-zone/play.cfm?siteID=1&appID=2#/STORY / 
Creative Kit - Picasa Web Albums Image Editing/Drawing Cloud-based photo-editing inside of Picasa Web Albums https://picasaweb.google.com/home Yes No Silhouette Silhouette Tutorial using Creative Kit 
Dabble Board Image Editing/Drawing virtual white board that will help you visualize, explore and communicate and share ideas http://dabbleboard.com Yes Yes   
Deviant Art Muro Image Editing/Drawing Create original drawings with multiple layers, backgrounds, filters, and brushes. http://muro.deviantart.com/ No No   
Digibody's Caricature Maker Image Editing/Drawing Avatar maker http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2011/09/1-avatar-generators-for-pupil-profile-pictures/ No No / / 
DoInk Multi-media/Mix vector-based drawing and animation tool; favorite of the kids http://www.doink.com/ Optional No "Bee Positive" Sample animation / 
Doodle Too Image Editing/Drawing collaborative doodling if you don't mind the ads http://www.doodletoo.com/#/lobby No No   
Draw a Stickman Image Editing/Drawing fun, interactive drawing/animation tool http://www.drawastickman.com/ No No   
Dreezle Image Editing/Drawing Online paint program. It’s very basic, but easy. Makes custom stamps too. http://www.dreezle.com/ No No   
Dumpr Image Editing/Drawing fun effects for photos http://www.dumpr.net/ Optional No   
Educreations Video/Presentation Recordable whiteboard for your whiteboard or iPad http://www.educreations.com/ Yes Optional   
Face Your Manga Image Editing/Drawing Avatar Maker http://www.faceyourmanga.com/editmangatar.php No No / / 
Fakebook Writing Make a fake Facebook page for your favorite historical or literary character as a way to demonstrate learning. Fakebook Optional No   
Flame Painter Image Editing/Drawing make beautiful, original digital fire paintings http://flame.escapemotions.com/ No Optional Flame Painter samples in a Picasa web album  
Flickr Poet Writing is a quick way of turning a poem, sentence or chunk of random text into a sequence of Flickr photographs. Flickr Poet No No Sample Flickr Poem in Pictures  
Flixtime Video/Presentation similar to Animoto, but you get free 60-90 video slideshows; large library of music to choose from, can easily download videos, share privately, or embed http://flixtime.com/ Yes No student sample: social studies "report" / 
Fluid Painter Image Editing/Drawing beautiful digital painting with liquid strokes Fluid Painter No No   
Fold a Story Writing collaborative digital storytelling; monitor for inappropriate samples on the site; great concept http://foldingstory.com/ Yes No   
Fotobabble Audio Add audio to any photo; easy to share/embed; also a free smartphone app. http://www.fotobabble.com/ Yes No Fotobabble/Psykopaint Sample (by me)  
Fun Photo Box Image Editing/Drawing make funny pictures with your photos http://funphotobox.com/tools.aspx No No   
Gickr Image Editing/Drawing make animated .gifs, or moving photos http://gickr.com/ No No Sample Cinemagraph / Animated .gif  
Gimp Image Editing/Drawing free alternative to Photoshop http://www.gimp.us.com/ No Yes   
Glogster Multi-media/Mix interactive, multi-media poster with hotspots  http://edu.glogster.com/ Yes No What is Web 2.0 (sample Glogster by me)  
Google Presentation Video/Presentation All inside of your free gmail account, write using Google Docs., Make online presentations, upload any type of file, Create unlimited free websites, post pictures, videos, + Much More  / Yes Yes "Free Online Tools to Spark Creativity" Google Presentation / 
Google Sketch Up Image Editing/Drawing 3D modeling for everyone; make 3D drawings or animations http://sketchup.google.com/ No Yes One image made using Sketch Up Tutorial of how to use SketchUp with K-5 kids + how to make animations 
Graffiti Playdo Image Editing/Drawing a wall (online) where you are actually allowed to spraypaint your graffiti/street art http://graffiti.playdo.com/ Yes Yes   
Harmony Image Editing/Drawing Make beautiful drawings and doodles; the screen is blank, just draw; easy and fun http://mrdoob.com/projects/harmony/ No No   
HeroMachine 2.5 Superhero Generator Image Editing/Drawing Avatar Maker http://illustmaker.abi-station.com/index_en.shtml No No / / 
Image Mosaic Generator Image Editing/Drawing Make free mosaics with your photos http://click7.org/image-mosaic-generator/?create No No   
Incredibox Audio "human-beat-box" music making app. http://www.incredibox.fr/ No No My sample screencasted + sound flower installed  
iNudge Audio Now everyone can make music! Easy to make, and easy to share or embed.  http://inudge.net/ No No My quick sample  
Jackson Pollack Image Editing/Drawing Make beautiful paint splatters http://jacksonpollock.org/ No No   
Jaycut Video/Presentation online video editor; great features and ability to add voice overs http://jaycut.com/ Yes No   
JellyCam Video/Presentation stop-motion maker http://www.jellycam.co.uk/ No Yes   
Jing Video/Presentation Make pictures or "screencast" videos of your computer screen to make technical tutorials that are easy to share http://www.techsmith.com/jing/free/ Yes Yes   
Kaywa QR Code Generator Multi-media/Mix QR Code Generator/Reader http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ No No   
Kerpoof Multi-media/Mix draw, make a card, write books, animate, make movies, a whole creative suite for kids http://www.kerpoof.com/ No No   
Knovio Video/Presentation Add web cam video or audio to your PowerPoint Presentations Knovio Yes No   
Little Bird Tales Multi-media/Mix digital storytelling tool; make virtual books with turning pages, text, pictures, and add audio voice overs within the app. http://littlebirdtales.com/ Yes No Francisco's Life by Victor, Age 4 Demo. video 
Lunapic Multi-media/Mix Add fun effects or turn photos into animations; easy share http://lunapic.com/editor/ No No   
Magnetic Poetry Writing Use virtual magnetic words to create poetry. Take a screenshot to save w/out login, or log in to download. Magnetic Poetry No No   
Magnetic Poetry - Kids Poetry Page Writing Virtual Magnetic Poetry for primary kids Magnetic Poetry - Kids Poetry Page Optional No   
Mr. Picasso Head Image Editing/Drawing make fun, Picasso style avatars http://www.picassohead.com/create.html No No   
Mug Tug Sketch Pad Image Editing/Drawing Online Drawing/Paint Program http://mugtug.com/sketchpad/ No No / / 
Mutapic Image Editing/Drawing online picture generator for creating original art http://www.mutapic.com/ No No   
My Brainshark Video/Presentation online video presentations: add voice to Power Point, Narrate a document, upload a video, make a photo album, produce a podcast; easy sharing; great for digital storytelling http://my.brainshark.com/Home.aspx Yes No My Brainshark - sample video  
My Fakewall Writing Make a "fake" Facebook profile page for a historical/political figure, literary character, etc.; A great way to synthesize student learning in a creative way. http://www.myfakewall.com/ Yes No Ben Franklin  
My Oats Image Editing/Drawing beautiful digital drawing tool for cool designs and patterns http://www.myoats.com/create.aspx No No   
Myths and Legends Multi-media/Mix Make your own interactive storybook using your own images or drawings, clipart, and add text, animations, and audio http://myths.e2bn.org/index.php Optional No   
Neave Interactive Multi-media/Mix Digital Playground of interactive tools, toys, apps, and art ttp://neave.com/imagination/ No No   
OdoSketch Image Editing/Drawing absolutely beautiful digital drawing tool http://sketch.odopod.com/ Optional No   
One Million Monkeys Typing Writing collaborative storytelling http://www.1000000monkeys.com/ Yes No   
Photoshop.com Image Editing/Drawing Easy online photo editor http://www.photoshop.com/ Optional No   
Picnik Image Editing/Drawing digital drawing made fun and easy; nice effects, easy share; can also use photos already on the web http://www.picnik.com/ Optional No Teacher and student Picnik samples in a Picasa web album How to make silhouettes with Picnik - by me 
Pixton Image Editing/Drawing Make your own comic strips http://www.pixton.com/ Yes No   
Portrait Illustration Maker Image Editing/Drawing Avatar Maker http://illustmaker.abi-station.com/index_en.shtml No No / / 
Powtoon Video/Presentation Make beautiful animated presentations Powtoon Yes No   
Prezi Video/Presentation Like a fancy, zooming Power Point where you can also embed media. Consider using it to animate text, poetry, or other creative purposes. http://prezi.com/ Yes No  How to Make a Prezi - teacher sample and tutoria 
Psykopaint Image Editing/Drawing Beautiful digital painting made easy; supports and has many different brush styles to explore; This one is great! http://www.psykopaint.com/ No Optional Psykopaint sample / 
Quick Screenshare Video/Presentation Free easy screencasting (video of your computer screen) http://quickscreenshare.com/ No No   
Ransom Note Generator Image Editing/Drawing Make cut and paste mix and match letter notes easily. Ransom Note Generator No No Sample  
Reasonably Clever Avatars: Legos Image Editing/Drawing Avatar Maker http://illustmaker.abi-station.com/index_en.shtml No No / / 
Reasonably Clever Blockheads Image Editing/Drawing Avatar Makers http://www.reasonablyclever.com/mini-mizers/blockhead/ No No / / 
Record Mp3 Audio The easiest way to record and share audio: you can download file as an audio file, or share with a link.  http://www.recordmp3.org/ No No My sample  
Repper Patterns Image Editing/Drawing Make beautiful patterns using photos or designs; easy and fun http://repperpatterns.com/ No Optional Repper Patterns Sample / 
Schwup Video/Presentation make online photo albums or music video slideshows from your photos and short video clips with; share privately, or on Facebook, or with ability to download the video; simple to use http://www.shwup.com/ Yes No My sample project using family pictures  
Screencast-o-Matic Video/Presentation Easy screencasting; Can send directly to YouTube or download to your computer http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/screen_recorder Optional No   
Screenr Video/Presentation Twitter users can make free 5 minute screencasts (videos of your computer screen) that are easy to share on Twitter or YouTube or to download as Quicktime movie files to edit later. Consider using this tool for creative purposes. http://screenr.com/ Yes No Student sample using Screenr and DoInk for digital storytelling  
Simple Diagrams Image Editing/Drawing application that allows you to make visual diagrams with clean line drawings that help you to better explain your ideas; drag and drop pictures also included; simple and pretty http://www.simplediagrams.com/free.html No Yes   
Snow Days Image Editing/Drawing beautiful, easy "cut-out" snowflake maker; include messages, download your flake, part social http://snowdays.popularfront.com/ Optional No Sample snowflakes from this site  
Soundation Audio Music making in the cloud; free instruments, beats, loops, etc. to mix and match. You can also record your own voice singing. You can download the song when done, or easily share the link or embed on your site or blog Soundation Optional No Sample song made  
Splashup Image Editing/Drawing Full image-editing program http://www.splashup.com/ Yes Yes / / 
Storybird Writing collaborative storytelling; Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print. Read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards. They’re curiously fun. http://storybird.com/ Yes Yes The Dreamweaver (featured sample) Storybird Quick Tour 
StoryJumper Writing publish your own children’s book, print or share as a virtual book that can also be embedded. Use their clipart or your own images; add your own text  http://www.storyjumper.com/ Yes No Yes, but.. And so... teacher sample  / 
Sumo Paint Image Editing/Drawing next best thing to Photoshop; for photo editing and digital painting; also makes beautiful kaleidoscopes and 3D figures; supports layers http://www.sumopaint.com/home/ Optional Optional SumoPaint samples in a short video How to make kaleidoscopes 
Tagxedo Multi-media/Mix Mix writing and digital art with word clouds made in beautiful shapes; consider using poetry or writing samples to mix with this, or to add the image as a prompt for a report for various subjects http://www.tagxedo.com/ No Yes Just one sample Tips/screenshot tutorial on how to make a really cool Tagxedo with ideas on how to integrate into the curriculum 
The Scibbler - by LeFrank Image Editing/Drawing beautiful spiderweblike drawings that are created from your doodles; easy and fun http://www.zefrank.com/scribbler/ No No   
Thumba Image Editing/Drawing Online image editor http://www.thumba.net/ No Optional   
Tikatok Writing Bookmaking, free to share online, can use your own photos/drawings or use their clipart; more structured “story sparks” help younger writers get started (fill in the blanks) or less structure for older ones; easy sharing/embed options http://www.tikatok.com/ Yes No student sample  
Toon Doo Image Editing/Drawing make your own comic strips http://www.toondoo.com/ Yes No   
TuxPaint Image Editing/Drawing free digital art software for children http://www.tuxpaint.org/ No Yes   
UJam Audio Now everyone can make music;UJAM is a cloud-based platform that empowers everybody to easily create new music or enhance their existing musical talent and share it with friends. http://www.ujam.com/ Yes No Student sample made by a second grader http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyK2mmFvutk 
Virtual Eternity Multi-media/Mix moving avatar https://www.virtualeternity.com/ Yes No / / 
Vocaroo Audio  http://vocaroo.com/ No No My sample, made in less than a minute  
Voice Thread Multi-media/Mix VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies. http://voicethread.com/ Yes No My sample: a collaborative discussion around a quote and digital scrapbook page  
Voki Multi-media/Mix Talking avatars Voki No No   
Vuvox Multi-media/Mix create interactive moving photo collages; add video, audio, text; can be embedded and shared easily http://www.vuvox.com/ Yes No Vuvox sample: San Francisco Ferry Building  
WeeMee Image Editing/Drawing Avatar Maker http://www.weeworld.com/ No No / / 
We Video Video/Presentation Collaborative, online video editor http://www.wevideo.com/ Yes No   
Wordle Writing Beautiful word clouds - easy to use http://www.wordle.net/ No No Sample wordle of names of favorite free resources  
Zooburst Writing digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books. http://www.zooburst.com/ Yes No Erosion: Student Sample  
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