How I Use It
The students I used it with used it as a quiz to reflect their understanding of themes in the Play "A Doll's House". Students had to choose at least seven images that reflected/represented their chosen theme, along with appropriate commentary to support their findings.
The students seemed to enjoy it. The teacher I worked with on the project hosted a student contest for the most unique videos to keep it interesting.
The tool offers both free and for fee options, though the free content is enough to whet your appetite and explore movie making in less time and with less effort.
Overall, the product worked quite well. Many of the students continued using Animoto to produce content for their class projects in other subjects. If you set up the class beforehand, it will save you time once you introduce it to students.
I love Animoto. I find it to be a user-friendly, easy to adapt tool to use with students to create visually appealing video based on subject content.
The process: Create an account log-in and apply for an Educator Account. This enables your students to make videos longer than the default account 30 seconds. You can then create sub-accounts for your students/classes on the front end, and each time they create content, you get an email link to their video.