Teacher Review for Animoto

Easy way to let your kids know that you think they're cool enough to put in a video.

Leila P.
Classroom teacher
Friendship Christian School
Raleigh, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used Animoto videos as attention-grabbers for new units. I would download a few unprotected images that related to my unit and upload them into Animoto, choose my music, and download the resulting movie. My students loved these videos! I also used them to document our time together as a class. I would capture memories with my camera and at the end of a quarter, throw together a quick movie in Animoto. It was a great way to summarize that unit of learning and show how we had grown as a class. Seeing themselves in a movie made the students feel special and it reminded them that what they were doing was worthy of commemorating.
My Take
The 21st century learner is a visual learner. Our job as their teachers is to create a sensory-rich environment for them. But what teacher has the time to create original movies in iMovie or Windows Movie Maker? Animoto uses a simplified platform for creating videos. Users upload their photos or videos, choose their catchy music and other details like speed and transitions, and, voila! A movie is born.