Teacher Review for Animoto: Slideshow Maker

Simple tool to create cool multi-media presentations

Eric W.
Classroom teacher
West Ottawa High School Campus
Holland, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I first used Animoto to create a video component for my professional portfolio (required by my district). All I had to do was select images (or video) to include. I then interspersed text slides to explain my images. I plan to use it more with my students to practice digital story telling. Students will alternate text slide-image slide-text slide etc to create a digital story. They will have to carefully select images to add to their text to fully tell a story. We'll use this to enhance our understanding of the story structure.
My Take
Animoto is ridiculously easy to use. All I had to do was choose a few pictures to upload, add my text slides, and decide the order I wanted them to appear. Animoto automatically (customization tools are available) syncs the images, text, and music to create a video presentation. Students can create free, 30-second videos (limited to around 7 slides). Teachers (with a school email) can upgrade to the "pro" version which offers longer video and a greater selection of music. Text is limited to around 100 characters, but this can prevent students from creating dense, wordy slides (copy-and-paste addiction) and teach them to be concise.