Someone had mentioned this site in their blog, but I thought I would discuss it a little more.
Here is Animoto in 60 seconds- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-apaZXsQrQ
Animoto is a website that allows the subscriber to upload videos, pictures, and music to be placed within a themed template. The user can add captions and title text slides throughout the show. The site is free to create 30 second videos and is inexpensive to subscribe to for a year. The free versions provides limited templates and some preloaded songs.
There is Animoto Education available. This version is also free. This will allow the teacher to create individual students accounts. The accesses on these accounts are the same as the regular free version.
Ways that I've used it are:
- Design quick engagement videos to introduce a lesson or unit
- End of the year slideshows.
Example: This past year, my class was studying regions. As a class we visited each region through a variety of activities. Each lesson started with the students showing their boarding passes and boarding the plane. They watched a short video simulating a plane ride and landed in the region. Before leaving the plane, they would watch an Animoto that welcome them to the region. Here is the Northeast region: http://animoto.com/play/h4LvW6tFtwRrzcvb1w7w6Q
For additional examples visit
- · http://animoto.com/education/classroom . (View the Civil Rights Video)
- · http://animoto.com/blog/education/book-trailer-videos/
- · http://teachweb2.wikispaces.com/Animoto (Also gives an overview of Animoto)
- · http://www.readwritethink.org/professional-development/strategy-guides/bringing-lessons-life-with-30885.html (Also gives an overview of Animoto)