Web Wonder Week #18 - Animoto
Experienced teacher and tech visionary Dan Roberts shares practical ICT ideas to use in the classroom. This week we’ve got a handy audio recording tool.
Animoto is a free website (well almost free, if you don’t create videos longer than 30 seconds) that allows you to create your own videos.
It is so easy to use, I set up an account and created my first video using a combination of images and video footage in about 10 minutes. There’s already a library of videos, images and songs on there or you can upload your own and then pick a style to complete your video. Once finished, you can share your video with others and then leave feedback on the site.
I used Animoto this week in one of my KS3 lessons; the students were asked to document their video game design (we’re doing visual programming at the moment in ICT) by taking a minimum of six screen shots of their game and then turning it into a video for others to watch. The whole process took them around 15 minutes, check out one of my student’s videos.
How to use Animoto in the classroom
1. Why not set a 30-second video challenge as a homework task? Students have to pick the most important points of the video to get their message across in just 30 seconds. Other students can then peer assess the videos.
2. Teachers can upload and create their own 30-second videos as part of a unit of work, it could be a way of introducing the ‘big picture’ of the topic and a starting point for discussions. You could then build up a whole series of these across a year.
3. As a school, you could create your own videos, maybe one for each subject. Ask students or staff to make a 30-second video advertising a particular subject and then put them on your school website.
If you have a go at using this site then please leave a comment telling us a little bit more about how you used it and what the impact on learning was in your classroom.
Who is Dan Roberts?
Dan Roberts is a former deputy headteacher at Saltash.net Community School and is now headteacher at the International School Seychelles.
Dan is known to many who have read his blog as the ‘Chicken Man’ thanks to his work in the Recharge the Battery science project, which began when pupils wanted to rescue battery chickens from a local intensive farm to live a free-range life at the school. This scheme became the basis for a unique curriculum which has since been disseminated around the globe by Microsoft.
In recognition of his work, Dan won the ICT Visionary Award at the 2012 TES Awards, where he was commended as, “no one-trick pony (or even a one-trick chicken), but a bold scavenger who explores all sorts of different technologies and discovers new approaches for other teachers around the world”.
Keep up with Dan in on this blog and on Twitter @TesEdTech