Each semester I have my preservice teachers create book trailers using Animoto software. (Animoto is tagged on this site) While Animoto offers FREE accounts to all, if you are an educator you get a FREE account for up to 50 students and you can renew it every six months. No trouble to you at all–they send you a renewal notification. I’ve used other slideshow software but none compare with the ease of use as Animoto. The educator FREE account allows your students up to six shows, each up to 10 mins in length. My book trailer assignment resembles a “book talk,” where the speaker invites a reader into the book without giving away the ending. Following our class presentations we talk about the educational possibilities of digital software such as Animoto. Here are some ideas this class suggested:
Teachers–you can create an Animoto to introduce a new content topic or theme–be original–hook them!!
Students–you can summarize content, reflect on content, create original responses to content.
Teachers–NO subject content area is left out–Animoto is not just for reading teachers–imagine the following:
Students write poetry and attach images and music…students react to historical events, summarize historical events, or current events….students create Animotos to introduce or summarize Science content…etc!!
As promised to my students, the following book titles were Animoto-ed by the class:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
Becoming a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The Short Bus by Jonathon Mooney
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Trouble by Gary D Schmidt
Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff
Bridge to Terabithia by Katharine Paterson
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Bird Child by Nan Forler
The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
…The Book Trailers follow…