COOL TOOLS FOR LEARNING: CONTENT CREATION WITH ANIMOTO

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DR. HILLER A. SPIRES

PROFESSOR & SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW



I. What is Animoto?

Animoto enables users to share their photos and videos online. Simply upload photos and videos from your computer or grab them from Facebook, Instagram, Picasa, Flickr or elsewhere then select a video style, choose music, add a few words and share it online for others to view.


II. How can I access Animoto?

Go to animoto.com and register.

We recommend you sign up for Animoto for Education; however, it takes several days to process your registration. Educators can apply for a free account for use in the classroom. Its powerful features can be used to create presentations incorporating images, video clips, music and text.

The PROMOTION CODE [ until December] for an Animoto For Education account is:
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III. Animoto Examples: Beginning with the End in Mind


IV. Key Features

  • Animoto is intuitive and easy to use. It is easier and faster than creating a PowerPoint.

  • There's a great selection of images and music on the site or you can upload your own images.

  • You can add text (title slides) to the presentation.

  • No limit to how many videos you can create.

  • Animoto for Education has many features that can be tailored to your content area.


V. Tutorial



VI. Mini-Task

Using Video to Learn Academic Content--Web 2.0 style

In this segment you will work with a partner to create a content related short video using Animoto


With a partner(s) create a 30 second video related to academic content that you teach. You can use Flickr Commons (www.flickr.com/commons) to find photos. Some suggestions for content clips are:

  • Book Trailer

  • Public Service Announcement

  • Literary Elements

  • Grammar Mini Lesson

  • Dramatize a poem

  • Favorite scene from a book, play, or movie

  • Story Remix

  • Math Puzzle

  • Historical Story

  • Applications of Mathematics



VII. Reflection

  • What did you learn?

  • What were you surprised about?

  • How can you use this process with your students?

  • What are the potential intellectual gains for your students?


VIII. Additional Resources