How I Use It
It will take you a little while to set animoto up. You have to create an account for yourself and then google alias accounts for your students (basically your gmail account + alias for each student, which routes the emails to you). Once you've done that your students are able to login and use this product for free- which is fantastic! Your students can make some truly fantastic videos using this resource. One idea is to have students create an "autobiography" of themselves as a way to introduce themselves to the class. Another idea is to have them create a video on a content area, such as "Me as a reader", detailing their development within this context.
It will take some time to set this resource up and additional time to teach your students how to use it- but once you've done these two tasks, this is an amazing resource for students to synthesize and demonstrate their learning. Great tool to play around with during the summer break to familiarize yourself before the school year starts! :)