Tools, Apps & Texts

Web Video Argument Remixes

Students use Mozilla Popcorn Maker to identify, build on, or take apart arguments posted in online videos. [2018 NOTE: Replace Popcorn with tools with features for annotating video — like Screencastify, Loom, EdPuzzle, or on mobile devices Explain Everything.

What’s Popcorn

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.

Use Popcorn to identify, build on, or take apart an argument

Level 1 Remix: get to know how to use Popcorn, and review elements of an argument

  • state the argument using pop-up text
  • define a counter-argument to this argument using text
  • state whether you agree or disagree using pop-up text

Level 2 Remix: use Popcorn to develop your thinking into a strong, layered argument

  • add images and videos on top of the video that will help someone understand the argument
  • find video(s) that take a point of view on an issue you care about
  • “fact-check” the videos by adding pop-up text and links
  • point out facts vs. opinion using media tools
  • make pop-up notes about the tactics someone is using to make their argument
  • add support to the argument using pop-up text, quotes, or links
  • counter arguments with pop-up text, links, or by adding other videos around them
  • build a mashup of argument clips from different videos that support your point of view

Student instructions for Mozilla Popcorn Maker

  1. For the introduction work in groups of 2
  2. Go to this sample argument related to the Donald Sterling case and click REMIX
  3. Go to and click “Sign In”, add your email and create a password; Then check your email and confirm that you signed up for the account by clicking the Popcorn Maker link.  IF you don’t have an email, you can work in Popcorn, but you will not be able to save your work.
  4. When you are finished, click “Save”, then click “Present” in the upper right, and copy/paste the address of your project into a comment on this page.

For additional Help go to this tutorial video: (the REMIX function seems broken, so just watch the video)

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