Teacher Review for Animoto: Slideshow Maker

Simple digital storytellling tool

Laura F.
Assistant Principal
Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School
Oak Lawn, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Great with General
Special needs
Low literacy
Advanced learners
How I Use It

Getting started with Animoto Videos is as simple as downloading the free app and registering the product.

If students already have pictures taken and videos recorded on a device, then video creation is fast.

Since the practice of telling stories spans across content areas, this app can be used for a variety of subjects.

Consider using Animoto Videos to record a lab experiment in science.

For history class, create a video biography of a historical figure. Depict a new ending to a book in language arts.

In art class, use as an end-of-the-year portfolio evaluation of student work.

Whatever your content area, Animoto Videos generates a simple, performance-based product that makes assessment fun for everyone.

My Take

There are many digital storytelling products on the market that are laced with bells and whistles and are powerful tools for students to use.

But as teachers know all too well, creation with these products can take time, which is always a valuable commodity in the classroom.

In the course of a packed curriculum, time is limited.

The beauty of Animoto Videos is its ability to simplify the process of creation with compact yet purposeful features that make a high-quality, 30-second finished product worth sharing. Key features include the ability to embed a song, add text and select from multiple video output styles.

Sharing videos is a one-button snap and choices include popular social media outlets, email and text.

The step-by-step process makes teaching the tool itself unnecessary as students are guided through the entire process. If you are looking for a simple video creation tool that works seamlessly with student-generated content, then Animoto Video is a worthwhile choice.