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What is Animoto?
Animoto provides an array of tools for creating videos in your classroom and is FREE to Educators. Animoto provides a more creative alternative to view and listen to slideshows. To use Animoto, you upload your photos, choose some music you like from their huge range of styles and artists, or use your own music or voice, and you get a professional slideshow.
Getting started with Animoto
Getting started with Animoto for Education is relatively easy. Visit the main Animoto for Educators site and click APPLY NOW. After you have submitted your application you will be sent an email with a personal promotion code. Your PPC will allow upto 50 students to use your PLUS account.
Animoto is very simple to us. Once you are logged in, click "Create Video" from the set of buttons in the upper left to begin, and choose a style for your video.
Animoto will then walk you through the three steps required to create a video. 1) Get your photos and videos, 2) Get music, and 3) Finalise with details.
Why use Animoto in the Classroom?
Animoto is a great way for students and teachers to quickly create a great looking presentations without the teacher having to spend a lot of time teaching students how to edit or manipulate presentation software. It is a tool that has applications across all areas of your school and curriculum. Completed videos can be embedded in VLE's or downloaded for in-class presentations! When using Animoto, compelling video shorts grab students attention, create curiosity, and use visuals to stimulate thinking about prior learning. Animoto will definitely help to bring your lessons to life.
Who can use Animoto in the Classroom?
Animoto can be used by teachers and students. Due to its simplicity, even young students can create awesome presentations. I recently saw some fantastic stories put together by students in Year 1.
What can Animoto be used for in the Classroom?
There are numerous ways that Animoto can be used in the classroom. Teachers can use it in all stages of a lesson and students can create slideshows to enhance their learning experiences. Here are a few ways that educators are using Animoto in their schools:
The following are great examples:
In summary, Animoto is a very powerful tool which should be a part of any educators toolkit. Its ease of use allows users to think creatively about how they wish Animoto to enhance the learning experiences which are occurring in classrooms. Enjoy creating some really amazing projects.