Teacher Review for Animoto

I have been using this website for years with middle school and high school students and LOVE it.

Donna M.
Classroom teacher
Vista Visions Academy
Vista, United States
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My Subjects Science, Health & Wellness
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
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use it in science class with middle and high school students. I know students have used it as young as fourth grade to present information. In Science, student have presented a culminating project, they have argued their point of view and they have shared a procedure, investigation and results through Animoto. As a teacher, I have used it to introduce a unit and engage students. The amount of text that can be included is very limited which can be a challenge for students. They are forced to be succinct.
My Take
This is a great presentation tool, allowing students to create professional looking videos with very little effort or technology skill. The emphasis can be placed on the content, rather than leanrnng the technology. Students can take photos or videos of their own work and include other images to present their ideas or show their learning. They can include captions or a limited amount of text to explain their ideas. The paid programs allow work to be saved to You Tube or Vimeo,