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Paint like Picasso or Draw like Da Vinci? Online artpads

There are a number of free online tools which let users create artworks on screen as if using paper, brush or pencil.


ArtPad is a simple to use free tool which lets you choose the size of brush or pencil, the colour of choice, and then to create an artwork of your own. For what looks like a basic tool there are quite a number of options available from a simple interface. In addition, once you have completed your artwork you can click on the replay button to see an animation of how you created the artwork – great as a demonstration tool for teachers or pupils to show how an effect was achieved. You can control the speed of the replay and pause it as required if highlighting a particular aspect of the artwork. You can save the work for later editing, and copy the link to the created artwork for sharing elsewhere. As a collaborative art creation tool you can share a link to your work with others and they can continue working on a painting – there are also undo options. There is a help page with tips and hints for creating artwork, with additional links to ideas for working in the style of famous artists.


Sumopaint is a  free online art package with a comprehensive set of creation tools. While it is able to be used at a basic level with ease, Sumo Paint also offers a wide selection of brushes, all of which can be used either with a computer mouse, tablet, or interactive whiteboard. The brush tool’s option bar has controls for setting the brush diameter, opacity and flow, and also includes scattering, random rotation, gravity (the gravity option smoothes the drawn line to curves). The option is available in Symmetry and Brush tools., blend modes and brush effects including smoothing, bevel, wet edges and ink. The eraser tool also has a wide selection of brushes which supports scattering, random rotation and gravity effects  (the gravity option smoothes the drawn line to curves). There are also controls for the eraser tool for diameter, opacity and hardness for adjusting the level and size. The ink mode lets the user adjust ink wetness with the mode value slider. The ink mode can be applied to the brush, ink, pen, symmetry and all the shape tools. Sumopaint’s smudge tool has a big selection of brushes and a possibility to use the following blending modes: Normal, Lighten, Darken. For primary teachers using this tool in a mathematics setting the symmetry tool and its multiple properties lets users experiment with the symmetry points, gravity and modes. While Sumopaint is a very comprehensive, yet easy to use tool, there is a comprehensive series of tutorials, including a wide range of video tutorials which serve to explain how each tool is used, as well as inspire users to explore possibilities to develop their artwork. Sumopaint can be used to create artworks from scratch or can open existing images in many formats, which can then have effects applied or elements added or edited. And everything created can be saved in several image formats. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/NAEoeWnYYvI" width="425" height="344" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /] Sumopaint has a gallery of artworks created by users, and there are links to a huge number of videos by users showing how they created their artworks.

Aviary Education Phoenix Art Package Image Editor

Aviary Education Phoenix art package (image editor) is part of the Aviary suite of creative tools. This image editor is aimed specifically at schools (so teachers can create a private class area if desired, or the tools can be used entirely without registering – either way it is all free). The education version of Aviary has a gallery of creations only added by other education users. Features of this tool include a Move Tool letting users Move items, especially Text objects, Clone Stamp Tool which lets users Clone selected parts of an image, Liquify Tool to let you reshape the image by dragging the cursor, blur Tool, Sharpen Tool, Dodge and Burn Tool (controlling exposure in selected areas), Smudge Tool, Colour Replacement Tool to anable changing one colour to another in selected areas or across the entire image, Eraser Tool, Shape Brush, Paint Brush Tool, Gradient Tool to Fill an area with a customizable gradient, Fill Tool, Shape Tools, line tools,  Transformation Tool, Magic Wand Tool, Resize, stretch or rotate the current selection, Distortion Tool, and more. There is a wealth of tutorials and video guides which can be sorted by difficulty level.


Sketchfu is a very simple art tool which lets users draw or paint with a limited set of tools. The facility to undo and to replay the process of how an image was created (and at choice of different speeds) makes this a neat tool for classroom use to demonstrate a process in creating a particular effect in an artwork.

Draw Island

DrawIsland is an online drawing tool with a basic range of tools, simple to use, yet from which quite complex pictures can be created. There is no gallery of creations by other users. Users have a range of tools from which to choose, with choices for these to refine their appearance. created images can also be downloaded to a PC. 

Primary Paint

Primary Paint is a paint pad which can be used by one user alone but is specifically set up to encourage and enable real time collaboration in creating a piece of art by a teacher and pupils. That means that with pupils on several PCs or devices they can all be working on the same creation at the same time, each pupil able to see immediately any change that another pupil makes. When you create a Primary Paint pad a unique workspace is generated which is then shared with the pupils thus ensuring only your pupils can work on the image. When each pupil enters the work area they simply add their first name and Primary Pad then assigns them a colour against their name so that changes made by that pupil can be readily identified. There is a collaborative area for sharing messages so that pupils can suggest ideas, or a teacher might guide the process by typing steps or suggestions.

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Kerpoof Make a Drawing or Picture

Kerpoof Make a Drawing or picture – two tools which are specifically aimed at children where a teacher can create an account along with pupil login details to save their work in a safer environment. The Drawing tool is suitable for all ages while the Painting tool is targeted at younger pupils where pre-made shapes or images can be included and adapted within creations. The suite of tools has lesson plans and teacher notes to support teachers in using these tools in a classroom setting.

Shawn Avery has created video introductions to both of these tools here.

So at whatever level of artist you are now there are free online tools to help bring out that artwork.

Hear! Hear! Tools for Creating and Editing Audio Recordings in the Classroom

So you want to make an audio recording? Here are some free tools to help you do that in the classroom.


http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ – Audacity is free software to download which lets users record and edit audio in order to create mp3 files for use on websites, blogs, podcasts or anywhere online.

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:

  • Record live audio.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
  • And more! See the complete list of features.

From @bevevans on Twitter come the following suggestions for ideas to use Audacity in the classroom:  Use audacity to edit story into bits, then ask children to edit then back together.   Or use Audacity to guess the film only from soundtrack or dialogue; or use Audacity filters to give characters different-sounding voices in a recording by pupils.

http://kerileebeasley.com/2009/04/08/10-great-ways-to-use-audacity-with-your-students/ Here is a link to some interesting ways to use Audacity in the classroom from @klbeasley on Twitter.

Audacity has tutorials on its own website at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual-1.2/tutorials.html

http://www.mulryne.com/howto/create-audio-recordings-with-audacity-part-3-simple-multi-tracking/ Kevin Mulryne has produced a series of quick Audacity tutorials – this one shows how to combine several audio tracks one of top of the other.

There are free tutorials with videos at http://www.how-to-podcast-tutorial.com/17-audacity-tutorial.htm

For a useful series of tutorial and examples showing Audacity in use (along with scripted dialogue and soundtracks) click here: http://www.personal.kent.edu/~gmote/audtuts/

Ideas colated from various contributors by Tom Barrett can be found here: https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dhn2vcv5_440hp3mqqfr

How to remove noise in Audacity http://noodle.mx/blog/2010/09/01/tap012-how-to-remove-noise-with-audacity/

Click here for the Audacity tutorial, from the EduBlogs Teacher Challenge site, which provides ideas for use in the classroom as well as links to resources for getting started using Audacity.


For an alternative online tool for creating and editing audio files click here to visit FileLab Audio Editor.


More Resources

For many more resources on creating audio, whether tools to create and edit, examples of how they can be used in schools, or tutorials, have a look at the audio & podcasting resources here from WebTools4u2use

AudioBoo – one of a number of free online tools which let you upload pre-recorded audio mp3 files (such as created using the likes of Audacity) or record straight to the site either via a mobile app or via their website (or via email or over the phone). The player is there automatically on the site so your audience can just click play and the audio can be heard – you can add an image and location map to the post too. And you can share the link to your audio file/podcast with others either as a direct link in an email to others or as a link on a website ior blo, or you can take the embed code from your uploaded file so that the player appears on your blog or website page. Where you are recording live with no editing, or uploading previously created and edited files then AudioBoo provides a useful tool for sharing audio files.

6 Useful Free Audio Editing tools for Teachers – a list collated by Med Kharbach of audio editing or manipulation tools, in which he describes their relative features. This includes Audacity, Wavosaur, AudioBoo, Audio Expert, FileLab, and Aviary Myna.

Ideas for using audio in class

Interesting Ways to Use Audio in Class is a collection of ideas shared by many teachers about how they have used audio in their classrooms. This contains tips, ideas and links to resoures.

Images free for Pupil Projects

How often do you look for images for classroom projects, presentations, blogs and websites?   But of course you are concerned that you don’t want to use images in your work you may not have permission to use.  Using a search engine like Google to find an image does not tell you whether it is free for your use.  You could use an image search tool such as Flickr (and this post shows how to find images where users have given permission to use them, and also shows tps for how to easily attribute the images used).

Many people now upload images and apply a Creative Commons licence to their images granting use to others – for a full explanation of what that means, as well as a link to a Creative Commons image search tool, click here.

What does Creative Commons mean? – this is a visual infographic poster about what the various types of Creative Commons licences mean for users of images with each designation.

Simple CC Flickr Search is a search tool by John Johnston for user-uploaded shared images on Flickr where the images have been uploaded by users as being Creative Commons – on this search site all you do is enter the search term, then choose your selected image, and the embed code which appears for your use on a website or blog or elsewhere will include automatic attribution text for that image to the source of the image. There is also a Stamp tool which lets you copy the image with a panel along the bottom which provides the source attribution – useful for adding to print documents. And in addition when you find an image there is a link to further edit the image in an online image editor.

And below are some image collections for education – each site clearly states how the images can be used, and how they should be credited.  And they all have categories of images as well as being searchable.

http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic98.htm Teacher Tap resources – this provides links to a variety of Public Domain, Copyright Free, Open Source, and Student Use Images and Media.   Not all the resources are copyright free, but most allow student to use and cite the projects in their assignments.  Read the copyright sections at each site to determine exact restrictions.  The site also links to http://www.pdimages.com/web9.htm which provides a useful guide to the use of images and the law in the USA – while details vary from country to country the guide provides useful information to consider.

http://imagebase.davidniblack.com/main.php Image Base – collection of free to use high-quality images in searchable categories by David Niblack.  You can use the images for whatever you want, personal, commercial or non-profit use for free.  All you have to do is attribute the creator David Niblack.

http://www.openclipart.org/ Open Clipart Library – an free to use searchable archive of clip art that can be used for free for any use.  Search by category or use the serach box to find what you need.

http://www.school-clip-art.com/The clip art images you find at School-Clip-Art.com are provided free for educational use. Teachers can use them for worksheets, Lesson Plans, Quizzes, Web sites, and other classroom needs. Pupils can use them for their homework assignments and Web sites too.  When using clip art users are asked toprovide a link back to http://www.school-clip-art.com giving credit for the clip art used.

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/clipart/ The Clip Art Gallery on DiscoverySchool.com has a wide range of images by Mark A. Hicks. Permission is granted to download no more than ten different clip art images for non-revenue-producing use on hard copy documents or on Web sites with the following restrictions:  Any reproduction must be unaltered from its original downloaded form. This includes, but is not limited to, colouring, cropping, or editing.  Any use of clip art images on Web sites must credit Discoveryschool.com and include a link to the Discoveryschool.com Web site. Credit must read – “Clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on DiscoverySchool.com”

http://www.shambles.net/pages/school/clipart/ an extensive collection of links to websites of clip art for education by Chris Smith.  Each collection is described along with helpful comments about the type of collection and conditions of use of each site.

http://www.edupic.net/index.html EduPic – William Vann’s Graphical Resource of free photographs and graphics for education.  All of the images are free to use by teachers and their pupils without seeking specific permission.  This is a teacher-designed free resource for teachers and pupils.

http://copyrightfriendly.wikispaces.com/An extensive list of copyright-friendly resources with helpful guidance about uses of images in projects.

http://www.phillipmartin.info/clipart/homepage.htm Free Clip Art by Phillip Martin  specifically for your classroom, newsletters, or wherever you can find a non-profit use.  Grouped in categories, or by A-Z or searchable.

Pics4Learning http://www.pics4learning.com/ is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and pupils. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Permission has been granted for teachers and pupils to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.  Pics4Learning is developed as part of the Partners in Education program by Tech4Learning, and the Orange County Public Schools Technology Development Unit.

http://bevevans22.posterous.com/ Bev Evans has created a site full of images, which she has created free for use by schools, in a variety of categories, by curricular area, topic, seasonal or current events.

The E2BN / NEN Gallery is a community resource, built and maintained by the education community for the education community.  http://gallery.nen.gov.uk/index.php The Gallery is a growing collection containing around 52,000 Image, Audio and Video resources covering a wide range of topics relevant to the curriculum. Its purpose is to provide a free repository of high quality materials copyright cleared for use in teaching and learning.

All of the resources in the gallery are archived at the highest quality available so they can be used on whiteboards, printed materials, animations and for any other educational application. Medium resolution versions of every file are also made available for review and preview. All of the resources are copyright cleared so they can be downloaded, edited and re-purposed for educational use, both within the classroom and at home. The gallery is free to browse and explore online, the resources are browsable by topic and searchable by keyword, phase and subject. As the resource is web-based it can be accessed at school and at home by teachers and pupils. Everything placed within the gallery is moderated before being made live by a team of regional moderators and trusted educational professionals.

There is a teacher’s area that contains guidance documentation, copyright information and case studies of use. By registering users can create and save their own collections, create slideshows of content, and submit resources for moderation and publication.

Stock.xchng is a free to use searchable database of around 400,000 photographs – all free. You can browse through categories or type in the search box to find the image you wish.

Video Editing with Windows Live Movie Maker and More

If you have Windows 7 then you can download Windows Live Movie Maker for free.   It works in a different way to the previous version of Windows Movie maker and so the following should help show how to make use of this tool.

For information about Windows Live Move Maker and to download the software if you have Windows 7 then click here: http://explore.live.com/windows-live-movie-maker

For notes about the full features of Windows Live Movie Maker click here: http://www.moviemakerpreview.com/About.aspx

For tutorials on using Windows Live Movie Maker see below:

Step by step guide


Getting started with Windows Live Movie Maker


Add transitions, pan and zoom effects in Windows Live Movie maker


Adding titles, captions and credits in Windows Live Movie maker


Mark Brumley shared the steps to combining Powerpoint with Windows Live Movie Maker – where Powerpoint is used to create graphcially interesting slides, these are converted to images which are then imported into Windows Live Movie Maker – all explained here http://h30411.www3.hp.com/discussions/1012081

If you wish to use Windows Live Movie Maker to create a stop-motion animation then this video shows how to adjust the timing of each image:


Click here for further resources about using Windows Live Movie Maker to create stop motion animation and for examples created with pupils.

http://moviemakerined.wikispaces.com/ Mark Wagner has created a wiki called Movie Maker in Education which has resources and ideas for using Windows Movie maker in an education setting.  Although this is aimed at the previous version of Windows Movie Maker most links and ideas are still relevant and can be adapted.

The ACMI has produced a useful free online interactive storyboard creator which could be handy for pupils planning their film-making.

The Teaching Ideas site has a great collection of resources to support film-making and animation production in the classroom, including lesson plans, posters, display material and more.

“Lights, Camera, Engagement – three tools for creating classroom video” is a post by Ron Peck describing each of three processes which can help engage pupils in learning about their chosen topic through creating videos in different ways: one way is to use Animoto, another is to create a video in the style of Common Craft videos, and the third is to create a Choose-your-own-adventure style video. The process for each is clearly described, and there are helpful links to resources to support teachers.

Other Movie-Making Tools

MuveeCloud is a free online tool (with premium options) where you can upload images or video from multiple sources usch as direct upload or from photo or video sharing sites, and then edit and create a video which you can choose to share privately, embed in a website or blog, or upload to other sites such as YouTube.

WeVideo is a free online tool for creating videos (with premium additional features) where you can upload from computer or mobile devices, edit, and share via various options.

Animoto lets you upload images, video, and add transitions with provided music tracks to create impressive videos such as that created by Simon Haughton featuring every pupil in Parkfield School saying one word.

Ten Ways to create Videos without installing software is a post by Richard Byrne which describes ten tools which you can use to create videos online without the need for installation of software.

7 web-based tools for creating short video stories – free online tools which let users upload images, text and audio (whether narration or music) to create video slideshows. this post is by Richard Byrne.

Excellent Guides and Tutorials to help kids make engaging educational movies – a post by Med Kharbach providing links to resources about techniques for taking video, editing the created video, and sources for music and sound effects.

Video Editing – free online tools

Jaycut http://jaycut.com/ was a free online video-editing tool which let you upload your own video clips, photographs and audio and create your own film. At the moment Jaycut is not available. Alternatives are below:

WeVideois an online free video editing tool which can be used by multiple users collaboratively – there are options to pay for additional features.

FileLab is an alternative to Jaycut which lets Microsoft Windows users upload video or audio to this online tools where video or audio can be edited

Ten Ways to create Videos without installing software is a post by Richard Byrne which describes ten tools which you can use to create videos online without the need for installation of software.

Pixorial is a free online tool for uploading video and undertaking basic video editing, trimming and adding music. There are also premium options, including for more storage.

Add animations to your photographs with Lunapic

Add animated effects to your pictures, edit, crop or apply a wide range of filters using the free online tool www.lunapic.com

You can choose from loads of effects, such as rippling water, or rotating dice animations as well as various static effects.  And for every result you can further refine the animations or the images with extensive editing tools.

You can even change the background to be a specific colour, or pattern or an image of your own.

You can also create animated slideshows with a variety of transitions.

Need to Edit a PDF? Free online Tool

How often do we all find a pdf that requires us to fill in boxes or which needs a small amendment?  The PDF is a convenient way for websites to share documents with us regardless of whether we have the software which created it on our computer.  The PDF can be opened on computers and the document will look the way the original creator wanted it to look.

A handy free online tool to then fill in boxes with your own text or white-out sections is PDF Escape:


PDF Escape lets you upload a PDF document without having to register or save the document (but you can do so if you wish to save a draft version online to work on later).  Then you can choose the text tool to add text wherever required or use the whiteout tool to cover up information you wish removed.  Then simply save the completed edited document back to your computer.

Neevia Compress PDF – so, having created a PDF you find the file size is too big to email elsewhere or upload online? Then this free online tool, Neevia Compress PDF, will let you upload your PDF file and reduce the file-size (you can make choices as to quality) for instant download. The tool also has the facility to convert documents to PDF online, and to merge or change the print size of PDFs.

Sejda lets you upload one or more PDF files and then merge, split, protect or rotate them.

Image Manipulation Tools

There are many image manipulation tools available for teachers, or their pupils, to use.  Many of these for free. Some require software to be downloaded and many are able to be used online. Schools use images in so many ways – both in print form and for use on websites, blogs, or elsewhere.

Here are some of the free online tools which, depending on the task, might be found to be useful.  As with all online tools if thinking of using with pupils a teacher should check out these tools to ensure their suitability.  Some tools have online galleries of created work and so caution would always be required:


– create your own images from scratch (painting, drawing or using shapes) or use the effects filters with existing photographs – site includes tutorial video.  Also has neat variable symmetrical lines to use when creating images.

FotoFlexer.com image editor

PhotoVisi.com – make collages online from your photographs

AnyMakingapply a series of effects to your photographs or use one of the editing tools, all online.

www.dumpr.netupload a photograph or use from an online source and then apply many effects.

Photoshop Express Editor is an image editor with a comprehensive suite of tools and effects. Just upload your image and get started. there are tutorials on the site too.
www.ImageChef.com Embed your text in an image of your choice with imagechef.com

– choose from a bank of images and add your own text to make it look like it is part of the original image

Word Mosaic created using http://www.imagechef.com/ic/word_mosaic/

Make a Gif – upload a few of your own pictures to create an animated image

GifMagic is a site which lets you upload an existing animated gif (or add a link from one already online) and then edit it or apply various effects/add text.

FotoTricks – Upload photo and add comic bubble and many effects

Pizap http://www.pizap.com/ Add fun effects to your photographs

ROFLBOT is for adding text to a picture – do it all in your browser

PicMonkey has a whole host of tools for editing images, all online, for free. You can also apply a wide range of effects and borders.

Create and embed Flickr slideshows in blog, website or Glow page in 3 steps

Online Image Generators for creating website/blog buttons, backgrounds, images, etc.

Pixisnap – create mosaics or collages images from your pictures

http://aviary.com/tools/image-editor – Phoenix image editor from Aviary suite of tools – includes extensive video tutorials

http://www.pixlr.com/ Pixlr has two different online versions, Express (which quickly lets you resize an uploaded image, crop it, and apply any number of effects – including kaleidoscope illustrated here), and Pixlr Editor which is fully featured including multi-layers (so you can edit each layer independently).

http://www.blockposters.com/default.aspx – upload your photograph and enter how big you wish to print your image, and blockposter will divide the poster up into segments to print out one segment at a time and join together – any size – great for classroom walls.

www.lunapic.com can be used to create animated slideshows with a variety of transitions from your own images, or animations sich as rolling dice or rippling water.  And it has an image editor to let you vary animations and edit images further.

www.juxio.com/beta/index.php Juxio – upload your photographs, choose a template, then create a poster of your images

http://www.funphotobox.com/ Fun Photbox lets you add many effects to your photographs as well as create an animated gif image for uploading onto webpage or blog.

http://www.festisite.com/text-layout/ Festisite – create images from text – rebus, spiral, heart, maze and more.
http://www.myspacegens.com/handler.php?gen=animatedimage – Animated Gif Maker from MySpaceGens lets users upload up to 50 photographs, control the speed, the length of time  individual images are displayed, the overal size.  User caution is advised for classroom use as there is pop-up advertising in creating the animated gif, but there is no advertsiing on the finished animation.

http://www.getloupe.com/ Loupe is a free online tool which lets you create a collage of several images in a shape chosen from templates. The images can either be selected from your PC or can be from a website, an online storage space or from images which appear when you enter a search term in the serach box. When the images chosen appear on the list you can then de-select those not required. Collage images created can then be downloaded.

PhotoFunia – has a wealth of choices for manipulating your images. You can choose from a range of imaginative backgrounds into which your image will be automatically inserted (e.g. as part of a painting, wall display, book cover, television screen, shop front and many, many more). Many of these are animated. In addition there is a wide range of filters to apply to each image from jigsaw, broken glass, sepia and many more. There is also an animated gif created where you can upload a series of images to make an animated image. This site also has apps for mobile phones with seveal of these features.


Canva Photo Editor – a free online photo-editor where you simply upload your photograph and can then crop, resize, adjust colour, brightness, rotate or flip the picture or apply a series of filter effects. And then simply download the image.

Here are some of the programs installed on all PCs in all Falkirk primary schools:

Free downloads:

• Picassa 3 – free from http://picasa.google.com
• Microsoft Windows 7 Paint – included with Windows 7 operating system
• Microsoft Windows 7 Snipping Tool – included with Windows 7 operating system

Commercial products:

Microsoft Office Picture Manager – included as part of Microsoft Office – useful to resize an image or to crop an image.
RM Colour Magic http://www.rm.com/shops/rmshop/product.aspx?cref=PD1105
ComicLife  – www.complasq.com

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