Friday, October 19, 2012

Create Striking Videos with Animoto

Animoto is an engaging video presentation tool students can use to demonstrate their knowledge on virtually any topic.  Whether students love to perform in front of the camera themselves or prefer to use images and video from Animoto's wide selection, students can create eye-catching and informative videos within minutes. 

Another advantage of Animoto is the fact that there is no longer a need to purchase expensive equipment and software to create great looking videos with your students.  Using pictures, video clips and music, Animoto's simple interface allows students to create engaging educational videos in no time.  

How to Get Started:

Click on the link below to access Animoto's Helpdesk.  There you will find an excellent video and screenshot tutorial to help you and your students get started.

Animoto HelpdeskTutorial

NOTE: Educators with an Animoto account already can apply for an upgraded AnimotoPlus account which allow students to create full length videos rather than the free 30 second clips.  It is important to note that it may take a couple of weeks to receive the Animoto Code. 

Sample Classroom Activites:

1.  Geography - Below is an introductory video on ecosystems and biomes I used for my Social Studies 10 class to demonstrate the expectations of this assignment.

Sample Ecosystems & Biomes Video

2.  Extracurricular Wind-up Video - After learning about Animoto in our class, a former student of mine created a video about his rugby team's playoff run.  I have also used Animoto to sum up my basketball team's season.

3.  Demonstration tool - use Animoto to breakdown step by step a sport skill or how to properly conduct a science experiment or cooking technique.

NOTE: It is important students are taught copyright guidelines especially in regards to music selection.  Please refer to my previous post for details - Creative Commons, Copyright & You.

I am positive student engagement and motivation will be high when creating videos using Animoto.  Click here to give it a try!

This post originally appeared on The De-tech-tive 4 Teachers.

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