Animoto is one of the best ways to quickly and easily make videos online using any device. As such, it's a great free tool for teachers to use inside the classroom and for remote learning. Of course, it's also useful to help students create videos as another way to communicate and develop in the learning environment.
Being simple to use is one thing, but knowing the best features and tricks to make sure you get the most out of this video editor is another matter. While the layout of Animoto is super minimal, there are more complex tools and techniques that make it a very powerful platform.
Here are the best Animoto tips and tricks for teachers so you can get the most out of using videos inside and outside of your classroom.
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One great feature of Animoto is its ability to let you create videos by simply dragging and dropping media. This can be video clips, from a phone or tablet using the app, or already created content.
For students, there is a fair amount of media available on the free version of the Animoto account. While there is a lot more in the paid versions, you need not necessarily pay to get great images and videos.
Some top places to source video and picture content are NASA, the Library of Congress, and the education specific Pics4Learning.
Alright, perhaps skydiving imagery is a bit much. But the idea is true enough -- take your class on a field trip and have them record the experience to edit later, for example.
From a tour of a museum to a visit of an historical site, by tasking your class with creating a video at the end, they're committed to capturing video and images while remembering the key points of the trip. Requiring text to be overlaid can be a way to further ensure they're learning.
During remote learning, students could be asked to walk around their neighborhood and create a video about nature or even their own personal experiences.
Another great feature of Animoto is the ability to upload your own music. While the platform does already have a selection of tracks available, you can always add your own original work.
Any students capable of making music can add their own soundtrack to a video. For example, on a project, if you organize groups with a musical student in each, they can have the task of creating the music.
You can also take advantage an easy-to-use third-party app, such as Apple's GarageBand, so even novices can get started learning to make their own music for the videos.
One great way to use video is to show parents and guardians what their child is up to in class. This could include a video focused on a single child for a day, or a larger-scale video that follows an entire class over a term. (Just be cognizant of and comply with all the related privacy laws and restrictions!)
Whichever you pick, all you have to do is record videos in class and take photos. Then upload them to Animoto for an easy edit of a video that can be quickly shared with families so they can see how their student is doing. Parental engagement could even be encouraged by setting a task to be done at home that involves family responses to certain tasks.