Amazing fun with Animoto

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…

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Hatchet (1)

Hatchet (2)

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 Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

Becoming a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Becasue of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

The Short Bus by Jonathon Mooney

ENJOY!!

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Animoto

The videos below were created on Animoto where educators can get a free 183 day account for you and/or students to create videos. What a quick and easy way to start digital storytelling! Animoto videos, without your free educator code can run 30 seconds. With your code, around 3 minutes. I assign an Animoto video project for my university preservice teachers as a way to experience digital storytelling.

For your viewing below are three projects that I created. One is titled Domino, and the explanation is below. The second is one I created as a demo for my preservice students–on Mind Mapping. The third one is an intro video that I made prior to meeting my students this fall. This is a GREAT way for students to introduce themselves.

The possibilities for using Animoto with writer’s notebooks are endless. Select an entry and develop it with images and selective text choices. It is the perfect medium for poetry as the Animoto slides do not offer many characters–students would need to condense text and work very thoughtfully on word choice.

If you “youtube” Animoto, you will find that many teachers have students use the videos to create “trailers” for novels they have read. What a great alternative to the more traditional book talk. Create curiosity, yet don’t give the ending away…

So many more possibilities!!! I’m sure you are thinking of some right now–if you are, send me your ideas!

About Domino….

Domino was the class guinea pig in my graduate student Anita’s first grade. Anita was enrolled in my Language Arts class and was keeping a writer’s notebook for the first time, as well as implementing writer’s workshop in her classroom. To build confidence of the emerging writers, she visited one writing group each day and composed a shared writing with them. One group wanted to write a story about Domino; other groups followed. The teacher suggested a “plot”–she wondered aloud…What do you suppose Domino does when we go home at 3:00…..? The end result was a class book about Domino’s “secret adventures,” with a chapter composed by each writing group. You might wonder why the text of the chapter pages is NOT in the children’s own writing….they insisted that the teacher type it up and spell it perfectly so that it looked like a “real” book. The video only allowed for me to share a couple of the pages from the Domino book.

Animoto is quick, easy, and allows for creativity. I made this clip in 15 minutes….

The Secret Adventures of Domino

Mind-Mapping is not just great fun because you get to color and draw–it is also a process used by many huge corporations as a way to think non-linearly, or “out of the box”–and an excellent alternative assessment.

Mind Map

..and..my Hello video

My Literate Life

Finally–saving BEST for last—a project one of my current students, Michelle, created–I think you will find it fascinating!

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