Teacher Review for Animoto

Digital storytelling in 30 seconds.

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
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
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Getting started with Animoto is as simple visiting their website and registering (students will need an email address). Try the lite version first. This version allows for 30 second videos and a handful of themes to choose from. Students can pull pictures from a variety of sources including Facebook and Flickr, along with a host of other photo hosting sites. Students can also upload directly from their computer. To complete the project, simply add a selection of music and a small amount of text. This site can be used for a variety of subjects. Consider using Animoto 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 generates a simple, performance-based product that makes assessment fun for everyone.
My Take
Animoto makes telling a story simple with its easy-to-use video maker. The program simplifies the video creation process with compact yet purposeful features that make a high-quality, 30-second finished product from still images. Sharing videos is a one-button snap and choices include popular social media outlets, email and text. Pro features include more music, more themes, longer video time and the ability to download your video as a MP4 or ISO. 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 is a worthwhile choice.