Teacher Review For Animoto

Great way to incorporate music and visuals for an anticipatory set!

Shari M.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used Animoto in various ways, but my students really enjoy Animoto when I use it for an anticipatory set. For example, here is a video (link) I created as an anticipatory set for the novel Bud, Not Buddy depicting setting (Great Depression) https://animoto.com/play/uME5HkmFnABGj6e1t4066A When the video started, you could hear a pin drop in the room...students were completely engrossed in the video, they loved it, both visuals and the music. It lead to high level discussion about the time/era social barriers etc.; students rolled the discussion into creating Cinquain poems depicting setting (great depression). POWERFUL tool! I've also used for class overviews and Back to School Night so parents would be able to have a snap shot of what goes on in our classroom.
My Take
Animoto is an incredible teaching tool. It is very easy to manipulate (upload jpg), create an order or random view, and add music - that's it! I like that the tool is easy for students to use therefore, the mechanics of the tool do not get in the way of the expression. BE CAREFUL how long you make the video, unfortunately, I had to sit through a professional development wherein the presenter had a 15 minute Animoto that liked to bore everyone in the room to tears! It doesn't take much to get your point across - just remember, quality, NOT quantity!