Showing posts with label Animoto for Education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Animoto for Education. Show all posts

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Create Valentine's Day Video Greetings With Animoto's Sweetheart Video Themes

Valentine's Day is less than 48 hours away. If you need a quick way to send for your kids or students to send Valentine's Day greetings to family members, take a look at the Valentine's Day themes offered by Animoto. Have the kids grab a handful of family pictures and put them together with some cute text to form a video greeting that can be emailed to family members.
Applications for Education
In addition to being helpful in bailing me out on Valentine's Day in the past (that's a story for another time) I've always liked using Animoto as a way to introduce some basic video creation methods to students and teachers. I often use Animoto at the beginning of my introductory workshops on classroom video projects because it gives first-timers a quick boost of confidence before we delve into more challenging video creation projects.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Animoto Now Offers an iPad App

This week Animoto, my "old and reliable" video creation tool, released a new iPad app. Animoto has offered an iOS app for years, but it wasn't optimized for iPad use. The new Animoto iPad app is optimized for iPad use and brings with it all of the great features that I love about Animoto. Just like on the web version of Animoto, on the iPad app you simply select pictures to use in your video then add a sound track to them. If you want to add a some text, you can do that too.

Animoto allows you to create 30 second videos for free. To create longer videos you should register for a free Animoto for Education classroom account.

Applications for Education
Animoto lies somewhere between a PowerPoint presentation and a full-fledged video is the audio slideshow. Creating audio slideshows can be a good way to add meaning to slides that otherwise might not mean much without a presenter.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Make Videos On Animoto for Android

I'm not sure how I missed the news earlier, but today I discovered that Animoto now has an Android app. The Android app, like the iOS app, allows you to create simple yet beautiful videos on the go. I installed the app this evening and quickly put together a short video using the images from my Instagram account. You don't have to use Instagram images you can also import from your phone's image gallery and a number of image hosting sites. The limitations that you experience with free Animoto accounts online apply to the Android app too.

My sample video (truly just a random selection of images and music for the purpose testing the app) is embedded below.


Make a video of your own at Animoto.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for an Android app that your students can use to quickly create videos, give Animoto for Android a try. You could use Animoto for Android to do what I had some teachers in St. Clair, Minnesota do today. They created short videos to introduce themselves to their new students. Of course, your students could do the same to introduce themselves to their new classmates.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Use Instagram Images in Animoto Videos

This afternoon I gave a brief demonstration of Animoto to a wonderful group of educators in an Ed Tech Teacher workshop. It was the first time that I had used Animoto in about a month or so. When I went to add images to my video, I noticed the new option to import images from your Instagram collection. While I don't have enough pictures in my Instagram account to make it worth while, this could be a fantastic feature for some people.

Applications for Education
Animoto has long been one of my favorite tools for to show to educators and or students who have never made a video before. It's easy to get them started and quickly producing nice-looking videos. One of the things that I always stress when I show Animoto to educators is that they need to guard against getting sucked into the visual effects and look for content and process. By that I mean we need to have conversations with students about storyboarding, the symbolism and power of imagery, and the power of sound tracks to influence how we feel about what we see.

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Last-Minute Valentine's Day Project

In case you forgot, tomorrow is Valentine's Day. If you need a quick way to send for your kids or students to send Valentine's Day greetings to family members, take a look at the Valentine's Day themes offered by Animoto. Have the kids grab a handful of family pictures and put them together with some cute text to form a video greeting that can be emailed to family members.

Applications for Education
Aside from possibly bailing you out for Valentine's Day, I've always liked using Animoto as a way to introduce some basic video creation methods to students and faculty. I often use Animoto at the beginning of my introductory workshops on classroom video projects because it gives first-timers a quick boost of confidence before we delve into more challenging video creation projects.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Animoto Launches a New iPad and iPhone App

In my email this morning I received the news that Animoto has released a new free app for creating videos on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. The app will allow you to do all of the things that you can do on the Animoto website to create a video. Plus you can take pictures and videos on your iOS device and import them directly to your Animoto project. Of course, as with any good creation app, you can share your videos from your device to your favorite social media outlets.

Applications for Education
I often refer to Animoto as a gateway to "real" video projects. Animoto makes it very easy for anyone to create a great-looking video. I've found that once that confidence is built, teachers and students are then willing to try more difficult video creation projects. If your school is using iPads but having trouble getting buy-in from some faculty members, have them give the Animoto app a try and see if those people then become more willing to try other apps.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Have Students Send Video Greeting Cards This Year

One of the things that I remember doing at this time of year in elementary school is creating greeting cards (complete with glitter and lots of glue) for family members. I'm sure my mother still has those in a box somewhere. Fast forward 25 years (yikes!) and I'm sure young students still make glittery, gluey greeting cards. But now they also have digital greeting card options.

As they have in previous years Animoto has a selection of holiday themes for creating video greeting cards. Most of these themes are part of Animoto's "pro version" but as an Animoto for Education user you and your students can access them without additional cost. I've included my sample greeting card below. If your students are creating greeting cards you might encourage them to use pictures of their families, neat school projects, and a title slide with a greeting for mom, dad, and other family members.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Webinars for the New Animoto

Earlier this week Animoto introduced a new editing interface for its very popular video creation service. One of the new features that I really like is the expanded view for media sorting. Another nice new feature is the ability to see the text you type on each slide before submitting it for rendering. To help users get familiar with all of the new features Animoto, this week Animoto hosted a series of webinars. There is one more scheduled for tomorrow at 1pm EDT. All of the webinars have been recorded and are available here. I've embedded the recording of one of the webinars below.

The New Animoto Creation Process (10/4/2011) from AnimotoPro on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Stupeflix for Education - Registration Now Open

Stupeflix, an easy to use video creation tool, is now offering Stupeflix for Education. Stupeflix for Education is currently looking for beta testers to use Stupeflix for Education for free in their classrooms. The sign-up form is live now on a first come, first served basis. I asked Felix Fidelsberger if Stupeflix for Education would be free after the beta period and he said that they haven't worked out whether or not it will remain free. In fact, they're hoping that beta testers will offer them some insight on that issue.

If you've never tried Stupeflix, I recommend giving it a try. To create a video using Stupeflix all you need to do is upload some images, add text (optional), then select a sound track. Stupeflix will handle the final production of transitions and timing.

Applications for Education
If you're looking to try a video production project with your students but you don't have editing software or you just want an easier to use tool, Stupeflix could be the choice for you.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Six Easy Ways for Students to Create Videos Online
FlixTime - Quickly Create Short Videos
Stupeflix Wows the Crowd!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Animoto Adds New Elements

Dead-simple video creation service Animoto recently added four new elements to their offerings. For quite a while Animoto has offered backgrounds and "frames" for your videos. Now added to those options are the elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. While not ground-breaking additions to the Animoto service the new elements may be of interest to students who are tired of the same old video backgrounds.













If you would like some ideas for using Animoto in the classroom, please visit the following posts:
Animoto for Education - The End of Boring Slideshows
Animoto in the Special Education Classroom
Video Holiday Greetings Courtesy of Animoto
Using Animoto (and Glogster and Wordle) to Learn
Where I Live... Another Use for Animoto
A Student-Parent-Teacher Lesson Plan

Thursday, November 5, 2009

LIFE Photographs Now Available In Animoto

Animoto is one of my favorite tools for students to use to create stunning multimedia projects. Last week Animoto announced a partnership with LIFE to bring new collections of imagery to Animoto users. Animoto users can find images from LIFE in the categories of Travel and Animals. LIFE is also using Animoto's technology on their website to create great videos like this one about ducks.

Applications for Education
The partnership between Animoto and LIFE makes great animal and scenery photography available to students. The animal photography could be used by elementary school or middle school students to create presentations for science classes in which they're studying animals.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Animoto Now Accepts Video Clips! This Is Awesome!
Animoto for Education - The End of Boring Slideshows
Animoto in the Special Education Classroom
Video Holiday Greetings Courtesy of Animoto
Using Animoto (and Glogster and Wordle) to Learn
Where I Live... Another Use for Animoto
A Student-Parent-Teacher Lesson Plan

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Animoto Now Accepts Video Clips! This Is Awesome!

I just received a very exciting email from the guys at Animoto. Animoto now accepts video uploads. This means that now you can mix and mash pictures, text, audio, and video to create exciting high-quality videos. Since its launch, Animoto has been one of my favorite tools for students to use in my classroom. The addition of video clips makes Animoto even better than ever. Click here to learn more about Animoto's newest feature and see sample videos that utilize video clips.

To learn more about using Animoto in education, please see these previous blog posts:
Animoto for Education - The End of Boring Slideshows
Animoto in the Special Education Classroom
Video Holiday Greetings Courtesy of Animoto
Using Animoto (and Glogster and Wordle) to Learn
Where I Live... Another Use for Animoto
A Student-Parent-Teacher Lesson Plan

Friday, August 7, 2009

How-to Week, Day 5 - Using Animoto and VoiceThread

This is the last day of How-to Week on Free Technology for Teachers. Earlier this week we looked at how to create a wiki, how to create a blog, how to use Drop.io, and how to create a website. Today, I want to show you how to use two of my favorite resources, Animoto and VoiceThread.

Animoto makes it possible to quickly create a video using still images, music, and text. In the video below I explain how to create your first Animoto video.
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Below is the video created in the how-to video above.


VoiceThread is another of my favorite tools because you can use it create online demonstrations or host conversations around an image, document, or video.
In the VoiceThread below, Diane Krause explains how to create a VoiceThread.


In the VoiceThread below, you can learn how to use VoiceThread's video doodling feature.


Here are some previous posts about Animoto and VoiceThread:
Animoto for Education - The End of Boring Slideshows
Where I Live... Another Use for Animoto
Connecting Classrooms Through VoiceThread
A Student-Parent-Teacher Lesson Plan

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Something to Watch for from Animoto

In an article on TechCrunch about Animoto's most recent round of funding, it was hinted at that there are some more improvements coming to the video creation service. The most exciting of those prospects is the capability for inclusion of video clips within the video you're making. In other words you could mash-up still images, image captions, video clips, and music into one high-quality video. Watch this video from the Webby Awards for an idea of what this possible feature could look like.

On a related note, if you, your students, or your children are looking for a last-minute Father's Day idea, Animoto has created some Father's Day card templates that you can use to create a Father's Day video. You can read more about that on the Animoto blog.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
The End of Slide Shows - Animoto
Animoto for Education
Stupeflix - Free Video Montage Creator

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Astronomy Images for Animoto Videos

It's no secret that I think Animoto is a fantastic tool for students and educators to use to create great-looking video presentations. Today, in my email I had a message from Animoto reminding me that NASA Images can be used by students and educators in Animoto videos without restriction. Almost all of the images in the NASA Images collections are in the public domain so you can use them in places other than Animoto, but since the folks at Animoto reminded me of this, I thought I should mention them.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Compfight - Creative Commons Image Search
Find Creative Commons Images on Yahoo Search
Photos 8 - Thousands of Public Domain Images

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Animoto Makes Improvements

Animoto has been featured on Free Technology for Teachers many times over the last year and is included in Twelve Essentials for Technology Integration. And just when I think Animoto has reached the zenith of awesomeness, they make more improvements. In an email that I received today from Animoto I learned that they have made infrastructure improvements that will improve upload times and decrease buffering times. These improvements should make for a better user experience at times of peak activity on the site. The Animoto video player has also been improved for ease of use.

Applications for Education
For some ideas about using Animoto in your classroom please read any of the blog posts listed below.
Animoto in the Special Education Classroom
Using Animoto (and Glogster and Wordle) to LEARN
Where I Live... Another Use for Animoto
New Use for a Favorite Resource
Animoto for Education - The End of Boring Slide Shows

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Create and Send a Free Mother's Day Video e-Card

Mother's Day (in the US at least) is just four days away. If you're considering having your students make Mother's Day cards, consider having them make video Mother's Day cards by using Animoto. If you have access to a scanner, students can bring in photos to scan. If you don't have access to a scanner, you can have students create drawings online (there are five good tools here) and use those drawings in their videos. Here is a sample Mother's Day video card created by Animoto. By the way, I'm making one for my mother (I'll be buying flowers too, I'm not that cheap).

Here is a related blog post that may be of interest to you:
Video Holiday Greetings Courtesy of Animoto

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Animoto in the Special Education Classroom

For the last two weeks I've been promising to post a link to the Animoto videos that my special education students recently made. You can view the videos here. I was going to just post the link on Twitter, but on Twitter I cannot share the full story of using Animoto with my special education students.

My students enjoyed making these videos so much that they are now begging me everyday to make more. They will be making more videos shortly about the Roaring 20's. When they make their next set of videos they will learn to include text in their next videos.

The class that made these videos is comprised of sixteen, seventeen, and eighteen years old students that have been in special education all of their lives, most of them have been mainstreamed off and on during their school careers. These students are not mentally retarded and most of them will go to work in the food service and construction industries after high school. The state requires that all students successfully complete one year of US History to graduate from high school which is where I come in. I am not a special education teacher, but a special education teacher works with me in the classroom.

The idea to have my students make these videos came to me about a month ago when I was starting to think about creating a summative project for the last marking period of the year (the one we're in now). I knew that I wanted to have the students create a portfolio type of project that they would work on throughout the marking period. What I came up with was the idea to have students create a series of Animoto videos about different topics as we progress through our study of the 20th century. So for the rest of the marking period, every time we complete our study of an era or decade the students will create an Animoto video about that topic. To get students familiar with using Animoto we started out by making short videos about three Presidents (Wilson, T. Roosevelt, and Taft). These videos are basic Animoto shorts without text. The next videos which will about the Roaring 20's will have text. Hopefully, the excitement that my students have right now will continue and they will have a nice collection of longer videos by the end of the marking period.

A couple of my colleagues wandered into the computer lab while my students were working on these videos. Both of my colleagues were impressed by what my students were doing. In fact, these colleagues expressed surprise that "anyone can do this." I now have appointments to introduce these colleagues to Animoto. Thanks to my students' enthusiasm, my school may soon see more teachers and students creating digital content.

Here are some related blog posts that may be of interest to you:
Using Animoto (and Glogster and Wordle) to Learn
New Use for a Favorite Resource
Where I Live... Another Use for Animoto

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Oldies Come to Animoto's Music Library

Animoto is a great video creation service that I've written about numerous times in the past. Animoto was on the list of my 12 Favorite Resources of 2008. Recently, Animoto added 75 new music tracks, including some "oldies," to its collection. Users now have more choices than ever when creating their custom Animoto videos. And remember, Animoto for Education has special, free features just for teachers and students.

Applications for Education
Here is an idea for using Animoto in an English/ Literature course. To get students excited about studying and or writing poetry have them select a poem, record an audio track of the poem being read, then use that audio track as part of an Animoto poetry video. Alternatively, you may try simply having students select music and images that they feel captures the tone and message of a poem.

Another way to use Animoto is to have students collect images of the community they live in and put them into an Animoto show. Students should select images that they believe best represents their community. Then connect with another school willing to share Animoto movies about their local community. Connecting to another school could be accomplished through a general inquiry on Twitter or through a service like ePals.

Here are a few related resources that may be of interest to you:
Animoto for Education
Photo Peach - Quick and Easy Audio Slideshows

Links You Might Have Missed - Presentation Tools

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

YouTube, Copyright, and Another Reason to Use Animoto

This morning Mashable reported that YouTube has started disabling the audio aspect of videos containing the unauthorized use of copyrighted music. Included in the Mashable article is this example of a video that has had its audio track disabled. I've seen other content removed from YouTube in the past for copyright violations. I understand why YouTube has taken this action and I don't disagree with it at all.

I find this case interesting because the style of video effected is the audio slideshow style, a style of video simlar to those that you can create in Animoto. In the case of videos effected today, the video remains working, but the audio is disabled essentially leaving you with an automated slideshow.

Applications for Education
This case of YouTube disabling audio from video slideshows provides us with a reminder to use Creative Commons licensed music when creating audio slideshows. One way allow your students to creative audio slideshows without worrying about copyright infringement is to use Animoto. Animoto provides a long list of royalty-free music that students can use in their video slideshows.