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Teacher Tools to Know: Animoto

Looking for meaningful ways to integrate technology? Seamlessly tell digital stories in the classroom with cloud-based technology from Animoto.

With new technology developing constantly across industries, it’s no wonder teachers have more digital tools to connect with students, parents, administrators, and colleagues. Through cloud-based application Animoto, teachers can create enhanced slideshows using photos, music, and video clips. These video slideshows can be used for different purposes in the classroom.

Getting Started

AnimotoAt the beginning of the school year, introduce students and parents to Animoto by creating a story that serves as an introduction and outline of class goals. When kids see how open their teachers are with sharing their own story they might be more inclined to put more of themselves into projects and assignments. For parents, seeing a teacher’s Animoto story will ease their minds when their children say that they are creating videos for school.

Teaching in the Cloud

In addition to making teacher announcements and updates for the class newsletter or social-media page, Animoto can be used by students to elevate projects to the next level with engaging video presentations. The application is cloud-based, which allows members of the class to access the group’s account anytime, anywhere. In addition to its cloud platform, Animoto is available through the App Store and Google Play.

The Cost of This Cloud

The Animoto application is available in personal, professional, and business subscriptions. Through annual and monthly subscriptions, subscribers can choose the option that best suits their needs, but the monthly subscriptions cost nearly double the annual option when broken down by month. Annual subscriptions are available as personal at $96, professional at $264, and business at $408.

AnimotoThese costs might seem steep, but Animoto offers an excellent option for educators. Teachers can apply for a complimentary account for themselves and up to 50 students. Compared with the pay subscriptions, the free teacher edition doesn’t include downloadable HD videos, an extensive library of commercially licensed music, more slideshow styles, and access to the Marketing Video Builder, which are available through both the professional and business accounts.

Using Animoto in the classroom affords opportunities to teachers and students to create more engaging projects and expand education possibilities. Teachers can explore different instructional methods, such as a flipped classroom and project-based learning. Students are able to take greater ownership over creating their own personalized projects while getting acquainted with digital editing and production.

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Dorothy Crouch is a California-based writer who has covered many topics such as financial technology, travel and the pet-goods industry. Born and raised in New York City, she pursued her undergraduate degree at Hunter College and an M.S., Publishing degree through Pace University. Combining her love of learning and curiosity of the world, Dorothy studied abroad at Dublin, Ireland’s Trinity College, igniting a passion for travel. Dorothy’s thirst for knowledge and love of learning has led her to travel the world and pursue higher learning, including scuba certification. A lifelong animal lover, Dorothy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their fish and two lovable, spoiled dogs.

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