I'm hearing lots of great things about Animoto. I would love to hear your favorite features and benefits of this tool. How does it make your work easier, help you connect with students, parents, or other educators? What have you created on Animoto that's been a big success?
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Animoto is a great time saver for those who like to create digital stories with their students. They can plan and create a storyboard, then locate images and video to go into their story. Using Animoto.com, students can quickly put together a video with fun transitions, their own music or preselected music, and add some text. It is a quick and easy way to make a great looking movie to share.
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I teach a pre-service educator course at a local college. Many of my students (future teachers) use animoto to create an "intro" video for their units, stringing together relevant images and sounds. A future Italian teacher infused her essential questions for the unit into a multi-media presentation. It was really neat - and she encouraged her students to create similar videos through each of her units during her student teaching.
I think you ned to talk to the other Christine. I tried bringing her up but it says e-mail address is not available. It sounds like Animoto is a good resource if you know about it and how to use it. The videos sound interesting.
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I also LOVE animoto- especially the free educator's account which not onlygives teachers unlimited access, but also allows student access so they can create their own Animotos!! I have used Animoto in several different ways and have found it to be very effective to engage students- specifically the visual learners. Some ideas I have incorporated include: introduce books, document field trips and class activities, introduce current events or a specific event in history, animate poems, review math concept (parallel lines, angles, etc.), document book lists by author, genre, etc. The biggest plus for me is the ease at which you can quickly create a slide show. I had 3rd graders this year creating animal Animotos according to habitats. The support from the folks at Animoto is also very good. Just as an FYI- an easy way to add text to any Animoto is to create it on a PPT slide, save it as a JPEG and then upload it into your Animoto.
Our teachers in the PowerUp21 Grant in SD are learning to use Animoto and loving it! Their assignment in the course is to create an animoto to summarize a book they were to read for the course. The need to find images and create short amounts of text causes them to reflect deeply about the book and create a very nice synopsis. Another high school teacher had her students read The Hunger Game, then as teams create their animoto as one of the teams in the story including tributes, muttations, the climax, and the outcome. The students did an excellent job of incorporating appropriate imagery, music, and themes. I am considering using it to create a Christmas card to place on Facebook and send to family members not in Facebook as a personal use. I have already created a family video from pictures my photographer son took.
Oh forgot to add... I also created a way for my grandkids to know how their great grandfather through pictures and sounds that I had recorded in the past, giving them a history timeline of my father's accomplishments in life. My daughter loved it and so did the grandkids.
I use it all the time and have made more than 90 videos. I started using it to highlight NYC shelter dogs that are on the euthanasia list. I share the videos via Twitter and Facebook, trying to find people who want to adopt or foster the dogs. I posted some examples below. I also used it to introduce myself to my students this semester. I'm teaching a hybrid university course. I really like how you can select music for the videos, and the program has a easy tool for editing videos that you upload. I used SCREENR to make short tutorials on how to use Animoto. I now have people making videos who don't know how to add photos to Facebook and who don't know the basics of cutting/pasting URLS to share websites online. Here are some videos I've made....
And my intro to my students.... After watching it, they said they can envision creating videos like this with their own students....
Here's one of the tutorials I made using SCREENR...
Here are two resources from ReadWriteThink.org about using Animoto: