TEACHER, AUTHOR, EDUblogger "I want to (read and) write books that unblock the traffic jam in everyone's mind." ~J. Updike
As you know, I have a passion for learning and discovery new technologies that can be infused into both instructional and student assessment practices. Although old hat to some, I stumbled upon ANIMOTO and I absolutely love it! The style and choice and ease of use makes this an excellent tool for your classroom. I used it as a hook to introduce my 7th grade Social Studies students to our Africa Unit. Now, I used it just as a “hook” but I can really see this also being student accessed and used as an end of unit assessment. Of course you’d need to match your content standards and clearly convey your rubric and expectations with your students ( that’s a given with any assessment project) but I can see them being totally engaged in it. Now, the online app is a FREE tool to use but you can , if you so wished, pay for the subscription to make other content available and to get rid of the ANIMOTO logo. Honestly, my kids didn’t seem to mind the logo. 🙂
Here is mine. Take into account I have only just begun to explore this cool tool!
Use Animoto with your students for classroom projects, lessons and more! It took just minutes to create a fun, engaging video that brought my lesson to life for the kids. Here is what their information page says:
Animoto provides an array of tools for creating videos in your classroom. Browse some of the features of our Plus account below then check out individual case studies to see how others are already using us.
Animoto automatically analyzes music, photos and video clips, and orchestrates a custom video, leaving you free to focus on the content and narrative of your videos.
Spotlight lets you give specific image added prominence and screen time in your video.
Mix relevant messaging, statistics and quotes among the pictures your videos to educate your audience and inspire them to action.
Animoto makes it easy to share your videos via email, on a blog/website, exported to YouTube, or downloaded to a computer for use in presentations.