YEAH!!!! I am so excited to write this post.
I read this on Digital Passports:
We’re pleased to announce a new service exclusively for teachers. Animoto for Education (http://education.animoto.com/) gives teachers, grades K-12, unlimited access to the full range of Animoto’s services, both standard and premium, for free.
Animoto is a Web 2.0 application that allows users to create professional-looking videos in minutes by uploading photos, choosing those that they want to spotlight, and selecting music from Animoto’s extensive library or uploading their own music. Animoto works its magic adding very slick transitions and professional effects to the video. It’s somewhat similar to the “movie wizard” options on popular video editing programs, though Animoto’s effects are very high quality. Each video has its own unique URL address and embed code. With one click Animoto will post videos to popular blog and social networking sites and, with the plus verision (FREE for educators!), they can also be downloaded as high-quality video files.
You can learn more from the Animoto for Education FAQs page. Here are some highlights:
- Yes, children under 13 are allowed to use the service if the teacher establishes dummy e-mail accounts. *
- Students can work on Animoto project simultaneously with the Animoto class option.
- Students will be able to make full-length videos and will be able to download them.
- Videos are not searchable on Animoto. So, student created content is private (although, each video does have a unique URL address and can be embedded if desired.)
- Teachers will be provided with a classroom code to share with their students.
* Here is what Animoto suggests as an option for the dummy e-mail accounts:
You can register at Animoto numerous times using your own e-mail address by doing this:
All activity at our website under these accounts will be sent to your original, derivative e-mail (i.e. email@example.com). This way, you’ll be able to
give each student a unique Animoto account, while also being able to monitor
their account’s activity.
Here is an example of an Animoto video that I created in just a few minutes to share the DEN pre-conference event at NECC this year.
How might you use Animoto with your students? The possibilities are limitless. If you are teaching geometry, why not have your students take photos of all the right angles they can find in their bedrooms and create videos with the images. Or, consider the images a visual vocabulary lesson. They could take photos of examples of specific types of flora they are studying in science or take photos of that illustrate principles of physics in action. One of my friends used Animoto to create a welcome video to post on her class wiki to introduce her students to what they will learn in 7th grade language arts: http://abowman.wikispaces.com/.
I would love to learn how other educators have used or are planning to use Animoto as an instructional tool and/or learning activity.
Thanks to Discovery for partnering with Animoto and, most of all, thanks to Animoto for recognizing the tremendous educational potential of their product and making it available for all teachers and students to use.