Teacher Review for Animoto: Slideshow Maker

A quick way to produce engaging videos

Christy W.
Classroom teacher
Nipher Middle School
Kirkwood, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
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
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
My students used Animoto to a create digital story about one specific aspect of the Holocaust (Kindertransport, Anne Frank, liberation of Bergen-Belsen, Elie Wiesel's journey, hidden children, stories of resistance). After researching their topics, choosing appropriate photos, writing a simple, yet powerful story or poem, my students turned to this website to put it all together. In the end, the videos were powerful and heartfelt. Many students were moved to tears. The videos helped personalize a time in history that is often hard for students to wrap their head around. When students come back and visit, they almost always talk about the videos they created.
My Take
Beautiful graphics and simple set ups make creating videos fun for all students. It gave students a chance to be creative while learning more about technology (uploading photos, adding music, inserting text, reordering photos, cropping video clips, etc.) We created longer videos using an educator's account. I do suggest that before you have students create videos, you should make one of your own. You'll be hooked!