I like free. I especially like free when it involves a cool tool like Animoto. You can sign up for a free Animoto Plus Account at http://animoto.com/education/classroom Be sure to use your school e-mail address to sign up for a new account. An educator account will allow you to create Plus accounts for students and also gives you a Plus account to use. You will need to apply for the educator account every six months, but it is definitely worth it. I can’t explain what Animoto does, so here is an Animoto of one of my class rocket launches:
There are 47, “Styles” to choose from which are basically what is playing behind your pictures. You add the pictures that you have downloaded from the Internet or that you have taken with a digital camera. Finally add music and then publish it. Voila!
Students LOVE to use animoto! One of my favorite thing to do is have them find appropriate pictures for vocabulary words. One unit this works particularly well in is when we talk about Biomes. I have students find pictures representing the climate, plans and animals that live in that particular biome and a map of where that biome is. The students have fun, and share their project on their own Google Site.
Have you had the opportunity to use Animoto in your classroom? If so, how did you use it? If not, how do you see yourself using it in a lesson? Let us know in the comments.