How I Use It
My students completed an individual novel study in my class. In order to go beyond the basic book report, I assigned a book trailer as the culminating activity. I demonstrated the Animoto app as one possible place to create the trailers, but I allowed my students to use various tools for their creations. After the demonstration, my students were excited about using the app, and most of them chose this tool in order to create their trailers. Instead of having formal presentations, we created QR codes of our videos and had a gallery walk of all the trailers created. The students loved the lesson from start to finish, and it was easily their favorite assignment in my class this year.
I love that this app can be successfully used with students with a wide range of technology skills. The students who are not very technology savvy can choose to utilize one of the premade templates to create a snazzy, impressive video very easily. For the students who are a little more experience using technology, the slides on the app can be totally customized. I also like the fact that the app is free (with opportunity to extend content with a subscription). I do wish that students were able to customize the music used on the slides with the free version, as this was important to my students.