Animoto in Education

Cross-posted on Cliotech

I have been playing around with Animoto since it launched in Beta. Although I used it for personal projects, I tended to avoid it when working with my students because of the user fees and the problems that arose with multiple users signing in on the same account from the same computer lab.

So, I heartily welcomed the news that Animoto is following the path of many Web 2.0 applications in creating a better way for educators and students to take advantage of its services.

Check out the Animoto Education Program. Here is what Joyce Valenza had to say about it:

“I like this tool for any projects for which we’d formerly create a collage–the gathering of multiple pieces to create new context. Imagine a collage showcasing student work or art, gathering historical images and relevant music or soundtrack to introduce a time period, paintings and sound to introduce an artist or artistic movement. You could easily use it to promote school programs or activities.”

Thanks, Animoto, for recognizing the educational potential of your application! Here is their overview:

Since launching our site in August, we’ve heard countless stories about how useful Animoto has been as a tool for educators to use with students. While we never originally thought Animoto would be something that could be used in the classroom, we’ve been both surprised and inspired by hearing how effective Animoto has been. We’ve decided we feel like this is one area we can do our duty to “give back” a little.

If you are interested, we can give you a “Classroom Code,” that’ll give your students free All-Access (unlimited full-length videos) for free upon signing up with this code. And you can use Animoto with your students however you wish. Keep in mind that videos cannot only be viewed full-screen, but they can also now be downloaded.

We’ve heard this is often more conducive for class presentations because you can view videos without being dependent on an internet connection and without the “Distractions” of the website.

The only thing we ask is that you keep us posted with the creative ways you find to use Animoto in the classroom. Our goal is to put together a collection that becomes a hub of sorts for teachers who use web 2.0 technology in a clever, innovate & fun way.

I’ve already sent the e-mail to request my class code.

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