Teacher Review For Animoto

Awesome Animoto

Tracey W.
Media specialist/librarian
P.S. Is 54
Bronx, NY
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 2
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
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Scholars used Animoto to make PSA after researching pollution and recycling in their community. Everyone was able to navigate and become fluent in this tool. Children of all abilities used text, found and added pictures and music. It was very helpful to have an editing process where users could preview, solicit criticism and make changes. Scholars partnered up and helped their classmates improve their movies. At first, importing pictures was a little tedious, but children quickly got the hang of it after trial and error. There are many different free templates available, however, the nicer templates are not free.
My Take
This is a great teaching tool that introduces scholars to the movie making process. Animoto prepares users to be able to use the more complicated Movie Maker or iMovie later in their academic career. Animoto is fun, quick and stress free. This tool is suitable for every type of user from the novice to the expert. Templates and music have lots of variety. More advanced users are able to learn how to download their own music or import personal pictures should they so desire. Animoto could better serve educators by offering a two minute free education version, instead of just 30 seconds. Children really liked having the capability of making e-cards for special days / events. This is a must have in any school library or classroom.