Teacher Review for Magisto

Quick and Easy Video Snapshots

Susan W.
Classroom teacher
Mary of Nazareth Catholic School, White Oak, Pennsylvania
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My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used Magisto with my 8th grade technology class. They used it for their final 8th grade project. Since they are graduating I have them make a story about their time at our school. They were to incorporate multimedia with their stories. We used the free version so they could only upload 10 photos, but that was sufficient for this project.

Some students enjoyed using Moviemaker and creating elaborate presentations. My less tech oriented students used Magisto to turn pictures into a movie/slideshow with minimal knowledge and effort.

But please do not underestimate the ability of this program. My students enjoyed it and they felt they had accomplished something worthwhile when finished.

The quick procedure is as follows:
1.Choose photo files from hard drive or Google Drive.
2.Choose a style or feel for the video.
3.Choose a soundtrack for the video.
4. Name the Video
5. Create (You will receive and email when your production is finished.) It is as simple at that.
My Take
I liked this product as a teaching tool, For the students that are not creative and cringe at the thought of an art or multimedia project, this is for that student.

It is easy, it is fun, and the students feel they have created a worthwhile product at the end of the session.

I do have a note for teachers/students who like a lot of control over their creative projects. This software is very plug and play. The free account has limited (but very good) choices but does not allow for individual creativity. Choose another program for students that desire more than just minimal creative control.

I have one tip. Make sure all the photos are facing the same way before the movie is created. This saves editing time later. Some of my students did not preview their photos before importing. This created some confusion and stress initially. But in the end the students and I were very pleased with their finished products.

I would recommend this site to other teachers.