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!
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.
..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!