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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From a distance…collaboration

It began, quite unintentionally, with the picture below. I took it on a road trip Friday and posted it to my facebook page with just one tag line …The orchard sleeps…

My distant writing group friend added two more lines….in winter’s gloom under a crescent moon…And, said, keep it going. The resulting conversation:

me: trees whisper tales of Spring

of blossoms snuggled in a winter wrap

of deep roots tangled in Summer’s dreams

she: one small bird perches at dawn

me: threads her way through forks of trees

through thickets of sticks

weaving her own tales

against the landscape of winter

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Writing off of photos is one of my writing invitations on my writer’s notebook page on this blog. Photos inspire. Digital devices and social media allow us to virtually sit beside friends to collaborate visions and words, to create shared works.

Teachers–had the digital world of today existed back when I shared daily existence with sixth graders, you bet I would have encouraged this kind of collaboration.

You see two images here: the first is the photo that started it all; the second is a quickly-sketched notebook entry of the resulting poem.IMG_1007 IMG_1345

OneTrueMedia–About Me

OneTrueMedia

I created this 30 second digital post to introduce you to me–as an example of how quick and easy it is to share digital stories. The 30 seconds was a slight limitation as I could have added more—but it would be long enough for students. What a great way to share a poem. And, it is free–to have more than 30 seconds, you need to upgrade. But, this is typical for many, if not most, of the digital tools sites.