Teacher Review For Animoto

Simple and eye-catching

tomkim
Classroom teacher
Burgundy Farm Country Day School
Alexandria, VA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
My Rating 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Homework
Individual
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
For simple/straightforward presentation projects. The themes and animations lend themselves to material that is creative or emotive. Animoto presentations are like little movies, without pauses between slides. As a result, they don't really promote public speaking skills or audience feedback. Keep that in mind.
My Take
It doesn't have the flexibility or power of something like Keynote, Powerpoint, or even Google Presentation, but Animoto turns that limitation into a strength. Kids can easily put together a straightforward presentation with stirring music, nifty (but not overly busy) animations, and pre-packaged themes. They often are surprised by how good the outcome looks and feel a sense of pride in that. Making student accounts is currently a little hacky, and the management features for teachers are not great, but Animoto's a great go-to for quick presentation projects.