Welcome to our classroom toolbox page. In the Toolbox, you will find a variety of tools and resources we have used in class. I have grouped them in categories to hopefully make it easier to find the right tool faster. If you find a tool you think should be added to the toolbox, send me a link!
Adobe Creative Cloud Software – During the COVID-19 pandemic, Adobe has made it possible for my students to download the Adobe Creative Cloud software to their personal computers at home. This is fantastic if you have a MacOS or Windows computer at home. Students, you must use this link I have provided and your Adobe account that you have already created in class.
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Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under the Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist – even for commercial purposes. (Online Resource)
Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Pexels license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages. (Online Resource)
Unsplash is a platform powered by an amazing community that has gifted hundreds of thousands of their own photos to fuel creativity around the world. So sign up for free, or don’t. Either way, you’ve got access to over a million photos under the Unsplash license—which makes them free to do-whatever-you-want with. (Online Resource)
Thousands of free stock videos, motion graphics, music tracks, and sound effects, all in one place. (Online Resource)
We’re proud to be one of the largest video communities in the world. Our growing collection of high-quality footage makes filmmaking easy and affordable. Plus, most files are free to download and free to use. You’re making the world a more beautiful place. We’re just here to support the cause. (Online Resource)
Adobe® Audition® software includes thousands of uncompressed, royalty-free audio sound effects and music loop files. These files have been grouped together by type and style into ZIP archives that can be downloaded. (Resources)
Fully mastered tracks for your productions that you won’t find anywhere else. 100% original content by Hollywood industry professionals. No attribution required. (Online Resource)
Here you can download royalty free stock music for YouTube and your multimedia projects. Bensound.com has been created by Benjamin TISSOT also know as Bensound, a Composer and Musician based in France who has been creating music for more than 10 years. (Online Resource)
Here, you can find royalty-free music for your YouTube videos or projects (blog, vlog, podcast, social network, etc.). All we ask is to put the attribution in the credits. More info about the attribution can be found on every track’s page. The free music on this website is not a subject to any copyright issues. (Online Resource)
Graphic Design Tools
Whether you are an illustrator, designer, web designer or just someone who needs to create some vector imagery, Inkscape is for you! (MacOS, Windows, & Linux)
This is the official website of the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP).
GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows and more operating systems. It is free software, you can change its source code and distribute your changes.
Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins. (MacOS, Windows, & Linux)
Krita is a professional FREE and open source painting program. It is made by artists that want to see affordable art tools for everyone. (MacOS, Windows, & Linux)
The super fast color schemes generator! Create, save and share perfect palettes in seconds! (Website, iOS app, Chrome Extension)
The next generation Online photo editor. Experience smarter and faster photo editing. Pixlr X is the only photo editor you need for quick yet professional edits. Designed with just the right amount of easy to navigate photo editing tools, you are about to experience the next best online image editor built with cutting edge technology. (Online Tool, iOS App, & Android App)
We believe the best way to bring personality and performance to websites and products is through great design and technology. Our goal is to make that process simple, by offering an intuitive and robust collection of open source designer web fonts. By using our extensive catalog, you can share and integrate typography into any design project seamlessly—no matter where you are in the world. (Online Resource)
The fonts presented on this website are their authors’ property, and are either freeware, shareware, demo versions or public domain. The license mentioned above the download button is just an indication. Please look at the readme-files in the archives or check the indicated author’s website for details, and contact him/her if in doubt. (Online Resource)
The Wick Editor is a free and open-source tool for creating games, animations, and everything in-between. It’s designed to be the most accessible tool for creating multimedia projects on the web. (Online Tool)
An easy, intuitive tool to make 2D hand-drawn animations. Lightweight and easy to use so you can focus on animating and not what button to hit next. Seamlessly switch between raster and vector workflows, allowing you to sketch, ink & paint on the go. Pencil2D is completely open source and free to use, even commercially! (MacOS, Window, & Linux)
Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline. (MacOS, Windows, & Linux)
Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder. Developed by a group of volunteers as open source. (Windows, MacOS, & Linux)
TwistedWave is a browser-based audio editor. You only need a web browser to access it, and you can use it to record or edit any audio file.
All the audio is stored and processed on the server, so you don’t need to download anything, or save your work when you are done. Close your browser window and your work is saved. Open TwistedWave somewhere else, and all your audio files, with the complete undo history, are still available. (Online Tool)
Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments. Check out the Song Maker experiment, which lets you make and share your own songs.
BeepBox is an online tool for sketching and sharing instrumental music. All song data is contained in the URL at the top of your browser. When you make changes to the song, the URL is updated to reflect your changes. When you are satisfied with your song, just copy and paste the URL to save and share your song! (Online Tool)
Below is an example song created in BeepBox by Martin Engelbrecht.
Storyboarder makes it easy to visualize a story as fast you can draw stick figures. Quickly draw to test if a story idea works. Create and show animatics to others. Express your story idea without making a movie. (MacOS, Windows & Linux)
Shotcut is a free, open source, cross-platform video editor. Major features include support for a wide range of formats; no import required meaning native timeline editing; Blackmagic Design support for input and preview monitoring; and resolution support to 4k. (MacOS, Windows & Linux)
We designed OpenShot Video Editor to be an easy to use, quick to learn, and surprisingly powerful video editor. (MacOS, Windows & Linux)
Innovative tools for editing including the revolutionary new cut page, visual effects, motion graphics, color correction and audio post production, all in a single application! (MacOS, Windows & Linux)
We provide the video making community with thousands of free professional-grade production resources, and also distribute exclusive content that is the most affordably priced in the industry. (Online Resource)
Code Editor. Free. Built on open source. Runs everywhere. (MacOS, Windows & Linux)
The collaborative browser based IDE. Replit is the best tool for quickly starting, sharing, and developing projects in any programming language, right from your browser. (Online Tool)
This is a great resource for learning about web development. (Online Resource)
A public platform building the definitive collection of coding questions & answers
A community-based space to find and contribute answers to technical challenges, and one of the most popular websites in the world. (Online Resource)
Resources for developers, by developers. (Online Resource)
A pixels test to quiz your knowledge.
It’s all about the Pen Tool.
The Kerning Game
A Color Matching Game
A game where you help Froggy and friends by writing CSS code!
Your job is to stop the incoming enemies from getting past your defenses by using CSS code.
A simple but fun way to learn CSS for beginner coders. There are 32 levels that will teach you the basics of how CSS selectors work.
Helps you improve your Swift skills by training in challenges with others.
Offers up fun free open-source Swift programming games to help coders learn more.