Our tool for this week was Animoto, a website that lets you create cool video slideshows using pictures, videos, and text. It’s very easy to use; all you need to do is choose the theme and music, provide the pictures/videos/text in the order you want them shown, and Animoto will put them together for you! The themes are very vibrant and there are various types of music to choose from, so there is something out there to suit all of your purposes!
Here’s the bad news, though: you have to pay, which really stinks because Animoto used to be free. I first used it a couple of years ago for a different technology course, and even though we were limited to shorter videos and not as many themes, we were still able to make videos for free. Now, that’s no longer the case. To access Animoto, you can sign up for a pricing plan for either personal, professional, or business use. You can also sign up for a free trial if you want to try it out first.
But here’s the good news: if you’re an educator, you can get Animoto for free! All you need to do is apply as an educator and you can get free access to Animoto! It’s one of many reasons why being a teacher rules! 🙂
HOW TO USE ANIMOTO
USING ANIMOTO IN MY CLASSROOM
Animoto is one of my favorite tools that I have used in my technology courses. I love how easy it is to create engaging videos, and I can see many uses for Animoto in the classroom. Here are my ideas:
- An “About Me” video to introduce myself to students at the beginning of the year
- Having students make their own “About Me” videos at the beginning of the year
- Introducing or reviewing a topic in an attention-grabbing way
- Showcasing a club/extracurricular that I’m in charge of (I would love to run either an English-related club or something else fun!)
- An end of the year video/showcase of student accomplishments
- Assigning students to make their own video for a project or presentation
I could also use Animoto to make a video for my teaching portfolio, which I will be compiling next semester and using to (hopefully!) get a job.
I will definitely be incorporating Animoto in my classroom, both for my own use and for student assignments. It’s a fun and easy tool, and it’s a more engaging way to present material than a traditional PowerPoint or lecture. I think my students will have fun creating their own videos as well. Whether you’re an educator, a business owner, or just really like making cool videos, I definitely recommend Animoto!
MY ABOUT ME VIDEO
WordPress won’t let me embed from Animoto, so check out my About Me video here! I had a lot of fun making it, and I’m pretty proud of how it came out!