Tech Tuesday #3: AnimotoSeveral years ago as a young (cough, cough), enthusiastic English teacher, I threw myself on the digital storytelling bandwagon. With all the patienice we could muster, my students and I muddled our way through learning Microsoft PhotoStory and Movie Maker. Although rather intuitive and simple, PhotoStory lacked the dynamic movie feel whereas MovieMaker's constant bugs and importing and rendering headaches often left us short of a final project.
(Enter Animoto.) In the summer of 2007, my husband, Phil, and I went to Europe. When we returned, Phil surprised me one day with a really cool video of our pictures set to music with animation and design incorporated. (See our European Vacation below:)
It didn't dawn on me then that I could use this fun little tool as a vehicle for digital stories and multi-media presentations. As a FREE web-based tool, Animoto allows you to import photos and video, add text, and music, to create a visually dynamic video. Today, we see examples of Animoto videos all over the web. Students, teachers, and librarians are utilizing this free and intuitive tool to create book trailers, present information, and produce engaging multi-media projects over a number of different topics. Those of us trying out VESTED can create quick "Views" using animoto as we introduce new concepts and units. Students could then use it to "Extend" their learning by creating a video of their own.
Additional pros include::
- WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get)--all features, options, and tools are present on one screen--no hunting involved
- Publishing options: you can share through social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), email the link, copy and paste the link, or download the video as an mp4