Mozilla Popcorn Maker

 
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Learning(i)

Robust online video editor teaches responsible remix.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

As part of Webmaker.org, Popcorn Maker explicitly promotes kids' digital authorship.

Violence

There's no violence in Popcorn Maker, though users are free to bring in whatever web content they want to use. Parents should be mindful of kids' media use in Popcorn Maker just as they would be whenever their kids go online.

Sex
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Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Popcorn Maker and Webmaker.org champion kids' use of technology to produce, rather than only consume, digital media.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

To save work in Popcorn Maker, kids have to create a "Persona" account with Mozilla. However, Mozilla, the parent organization of Popcorn and Webmaker, is dedicated to online privacy and user rights, and its Persona service is extremely private and only requires an email address (such as a parent's) for verification. No other personal information is required. Parents and educators should remind kids to be careful about what personal information they include in their websites.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Popcorn Maker is an online video editor that lets kids pull in content from sites like SoundCloud, Vimeo, and YouTube to remix with pop-up word balloons, thought bubbles, images, maps, social media feeds, and summaries of Wikipedia articles. Kids can use the "pop-up" elements of Popcorn Maker to overlay a base layer of media -- like a song or video -- with related ideas or research about the topic at hand. Kids need a Mozilla "Persona" account to save work, but Persona only requires an email address (like a parent's) and no other personal information. Kids can remix other users' Popcorn videos and publish their own for sharing and remix, as well.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • storytelling

Math

  • arithmetic
  • measurement

Social Studies

  • citizenship

Arts

  • film
  • script writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • decision-making

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations
  • brainstorming

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions
  • following codes of conduct
  • honoring the community

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will love becoming curators, directors, and producers as they remix audio and video from the Web with their own multimedia content.

Learning Approach

This fun, hands-on approach is a great way for kids to learn the basics of video editing and the concept of fair use.

Support

While this is an exceptional online application, editing video has a steep learning curve that's a bit hard to climb.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • storytelling

Math

  • arithmetic
  • measurement

Social Studies

  • citizenship

Arts

  • film
  • script writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships
  • decision-making

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations
  • brainstorming

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions
  • following codes of conduct
  • honoring the community

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn how to edit and remix online audio and video by combining sources from the Web with other events on a timeline. Kids can also learn about the concepts of fair use and copyright as they create new products that enrich the original sources and add their own analysis, commentary, creativity, or criticism. Drawing comparisons between video editing and the writing process, kids can think about strategies that make for useful planning, drafting, and revising. Popcorn Maker teaches kids the basics of video editing and supports learning how to remix online content in responsible, educational, and transformative ways.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sansing

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What's it about?

Using POPCORN MAKER's sidebar, kids can grab an audio or video link online and import sound or video into the editor as a \"media\" base layer for remix. After that, kids can add \"events\" like pop-up word balloons, pictures, and maps to enrich or comment on the original media. Kids can remix others' video projects to create remix \"chains.\" With a Persona account, kids can save and publish their work for others to share and remix, as well. Kids can also upload their own sound or video files to the services that work with Popcorn Maker and then use the application to edit, add to, and publish those works online.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Popcorn Maker is a surprisingly robust video editor for a web app and its remix tools are fun and unique. The app pulls web content into the "media" layer quickly. Its overall design is very similar to that of other computer-based video editing programs, so the basic technical skills kids develop on Popcorn Maker -- like ordering layers and changing timings -- will transfer to other settings.

Editing video takes a lot of time and patience, and kids will need to root around some to find out how to tweak timings and set up particular events. That said, Popcorn Maker is definitely not the most difficult video editor to use, and it's a great, open and free place to begin teaching kids how to edit and remix responsibly.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss how to create something new and educational or transformative from other pieces of media.

  • Families can also talk about the kinds of information that are okay to share in online videos and the kinds of information that should be kept private.

  • Explore remixing favorite video clips and songs with your kids.

Website details

Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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