If I could only use 3 Web 2.0 tools with my students, I would choose VoiceThread, Ustream.tv, and Animoto. Three days ago, Animoto made huge inroads, and in my opinion, just got even better by giving its clients the opportunity to add short video segments. According to the folks from Animoto, you do not need a complex video editor; you just need to follow these simple steps:
1. Upload clips from your camera or phone (iPhone 3GS anyone??), or use some from our collection (thanks to iStockphoto and Getty Images).
2. Choose your highlights. You can choose highlights of up to 10 seconds each, though we recommend using only 3-5 seconds as that works best within the flow of an Animoto video.
3. Create the rest of your video as normal, and you’re done.
And that’s not all.
To celebrate the launch of the video clip feature, we’re holding a contest in which you can win an action-packed TRIP FOR TWO TO NEW YORK CITY! All you have to do is submit your best video. Sooooo easy. Here’s the deal: each week for five weeks, we’ll announce 2 finalists, and just for being a finalist you’ll get a Flip Mino HD (awesome) or a VholdR ContourHD helmet camcorder (really awesome). Then at the end we’ll announce the grand winner, which could be you!
For full contest details, head here: http://animoto.com/video/contest
I would be interested in knowing what your favorite Web 2.0 tools for students are.