Animoto for Digital Storytelling

   On the wonderful www.animoto.com site you input the images and choose the music and the site will then analyse them, add movement and create a film for you.  What could be easier?  They have even thought about e-safety features and offer a secure environment for teachers and schools.  (Scroll to the bottom of their page and click on education).

  To see some examples that children have made have a look at the Redbridge Primary ICT Consultant blog

To see how easy it is to use Animoto, let Mark Woolley show you how.

 So.  What is the difference between Photo Story 3 and Animoto?  If you have

  • time
  • want to focus on how to put together images, sound, text and movement together to see the effects that it will have

You will use Photo Story.  If you need

  • somthing that is quick
  • that demonstrates the thinking behind the images

Then Animoto is for you. With thanks to  Gail Lovely  and  @jennyluca for helping me come to these conclusions.

5 Uses for Animoto in the literacy classroom

  1. Create a film to show the meaning/theme behind a poem or a story
  2. Take images and use Animoto to produce a film to persuade parents to send their children to your school
  3. Create a reminder of an important event to embed on a blog, wiki, website
  4. Create a series of images that summarise a whole story and use Animoto to create a film of them
  5. Write interesting vocabulary and phrases from a story/poem onto sheets of paper.  Use appropriate fonts and colours.  Use Animoto to  create a film of them and then use this as a prompt to include them in your own writing.

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