Thursday, July 2, 2009

Animoto and free / licensed media resources

After looking at Animoto as Nancy suggested, take a look at the Children's Crusade example ( I think it is a good example of how we might teach media literacy by focusing on the power of carefully selected images and limited text.

Related to that, you might want to look at some free media resources. Sounds Aboundz is a great tool to purchase for royalty free music and GarageBand loops offer the ability to create original music, but there are other sources on the web you might want to check out.

Creative Commons Search ( does the same type of searching as the search box in Firefox for CC. It searches multiple sites. provides links to music under Creative Commons licenses.

FreePlayMusic ( has free MP3 music downloads.

The Internet Archive ( has video and audio in the public domain or under different types of licenses.

BlipTV ( has video, some with Creative Commons licenses (largely TV shows).

FindSounds ( is a search engine for audio.

Stock.xchng ( has over 350.000 quality stock photos by more than 30.000 photographers.

SoundSnap ( has sound effects that can be downloaded for a monthly fee.

Are there any others that you use?

1 comment:

  1. Just checked out the Animoto video---loved it! Have seen similar things done in Garageband, but this looks like it might be even easier.