Here goes my first Animoto. I hope you can see it too. I’ll do one for my sister and her crafts.
I really liked the tool…all of them. You can have great activitites in the classroom. And for all levels. They can be used as warmers, or as a starter for a topic discussion, also to wrap up a lesson and review some new vocabulary and expressions. I think theat the way er can use these tools are endless….we just have to use our creativity and adapt according to our students level and age. They can also be used as tools to a project, students create their own videos based on the content and directions of the teachers.
I’d like to share two tools I’ve used personally and in the classroom.
I’m not new to using Animoto.. only the 30 sec video option though. So, I was very pleased to see you could sign up for the Educator’s account for
full-length videos. The best feature is being able to import your photos or videos from Instragram (yay!), Flickr and Picasso.. definitely sources that
I use for my photo storage. I only wish that you didn’t have to import an entire folder and go back to delete them from your project. While my movie
is of my dog- in the classroom, we actually do alot of collaborative -group work projects. The 4th grade is getting ready to present a “Living Museum” as an extension of the Biography unit. Every 4th grader researched a famous person and then, dresses the part and reads their script as if they are that person. The Living
Museum is set up in the gym and cafeteria to allow all the students to present at one time. Parents, teachers and students randomly walk around to visit
each presentation. I could see recording their presentations and taking photos.. then using animoto as a culminating project afterwards.
This videostory is about my akita, Tula and her cousin, Norwood.
Or here’s the link:
The second tool I used wasn’t listed.. Glogster. For one of my reading groups, we read a story comprised of several short chapter stories. The theme was to predict why the book was titled, SPRAK and predictions were made after the chapters. At the end, each student choose a story to summarize, read it from the teleprompter
app off my ipad while I recorded them from my iphone, and we used the videos to create a presentation of the book on Glogster.
Take a look.
Special Educator gr. 3-5