Teacher Review For Animoto

Fun video creation tool.

Mara G.
Classroom teacher
Greenbush-Middle River Senior High School
Greenbush, MN
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects World Languages
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
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
Homework
Individual
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used Animoto for themes of a book report, presentation of photo-based projects, and scrapbook type projects. Students love the easy set-up to Animoto videos and yet it is easy to see the different between good projects and bad. I have also used Animoto to create a lesson video as a teaser or attention-getter. Animoto is not the best tool for a detailed project with a lot of writing, however. It is better for photo and video.
My Take
Animoto is a website that allows you to upload photos and videos that are then played as a video with effects and music. Text can also be added. Free videos are limited to 30 seconds but teachers can request a code for an educator account that will allow students to make longer videos. A simple video can be made in literally minutes, or students could spend a whole day tweaking the details. There is a music library included or you can upload your own music. Animoto keeps the videos private on its website, only accessible with a link or if they have been shared somewhere else by the creator. Videos can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or emailed.