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).
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.