Teacher Review For Animoto

Great site for creating slideshows

Carly M.
Media specialist/librarian
Dundee Elementary School
Omaha, NE
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
The 6th grade class created "Book Trailers" using Animoto. They watched several examples, wrote a script, and then were able to create a video using Animoto. The purpose was to create interest in their book of choice, and they worked on using snappy text and great visuals to get their classmates' attention.
My Take
Overall, I love the simplicity of Animoto. The features are very easy to use, and the music and transitions are timed perfectly to go with their slides. This allows students a chance to showcase their creativity in so many ways. Plus, with 30 free student accounts you can't beat the price. One thing that could be changed is to allow more text on a slide, or to be able to change transitions. Many features are built in to Animoto, which makes the choices for students limiting. But overall I love it!