Teacher Review for Animoto: Slideshow Maker

Student friendly way to make multi-media presentations to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of almost any topic!

Katrina M.
Technology coordinator
Leggee Elementary
Huntley, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Students used this to create advertisements for a setting in a book. One thing that didn't work well was they filmed their whole video first, and then had to edit it into 10 second chunks. We learned afterwards to film separate, 10 second or less sections. Students also used this to create a presentation showing where they live (their town, state, country, continent, etc.). They included pictures from Google Maps and text. This was very easy for them to do, and created a much more interesting final product than a paper flip book with illustations cut out of a worksheet (as had been done in previous years).
My Take
Animoto is a great tool that can be used in many different ways, in all subject areas. I like it because it is a creative tool that doesn't serve just one purpose. Once students learn how to use it, teachers could easily use this as one choice for students to present their learning and understanding of almost any topic. It allows for creation and choice in the classroom.