3 Fun Web Tools That Let You Remix Web Pages

What if you could look behind the scenes of a web page? What if you could easily make a video mashup or a fun meme? There are a few web tools from Mozilla that are definitely worth trying out. They may be some of the most fun and interesting tools you’ll try today. In fact, I could see any of these options becoming a fun tool to bring into your classroom of eager students. Imagine assigning students with a project (project-based learning anyone?!) to create a mashup of videos that tells a story, explains a key concepts you’re working on, or something historical.

There’s no limit to what you can do with these three resources. Use your imagination and you can check out a bit more about each tool below.

X-Ray Goggles (view tool)

X-Ray Goggles allow you to see the building blocks that make up websites on the internet. Activate the goggles to inspect the code behind any webpage, then remix elements with a single click, swapping in your own text, images and more.

You can build:

  • a custom homepage for the New York Times
  • an alternate version of a controversial webpage
  • a funny remix of your best friend’s favourite site
  • and more!

Thimble (view tool)

Thimble makes it ridiculously simple to create and share your own web pages. Write and edit HTML and CSS right in your browser, then instantly preview your work. Host and share your finished projects with a single click. Perfect for beginners and experts alike.

You can build:

  • a personalized greeting card
  • an online poster for your favourite movie
  • a hilarious meme
  • and more!

Popcorn Maker (view tool)

Popcorn Maker helps you easily remix web video, audio and images into cool mashups that you can embed on other websites. Drag and drop content from the web, then add your own comments and links —all within your browser. Popcorn Maker videos are dynamic, full of links and unique with every view.

You can build:

  • an animated gif with sound
  • a documentary with dynamic links
  • a video profile to introduce yourself to the world
  • and more!

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