Making short videos with Animoto is a great way for a teacher to introduce themselves at the start of the school year. It could be used to inspire learning at the start of a project, making school greetings cards, sharing information about events towards autumn such as Harvest Festival and bonfire night, or later – e.g. the plays and carol service at Christmas time.
It also has a free Classroom Video Maker where a teacher can sign a whole class up:
“Animoto is a free classroom tool for educators, students, and administrators. Easily create and share videos with your class, with parents, and beyond. No software downloads required.” (Animoto)
There is a step-by-step guide for teachers and schools for setting up student accounts in the education frequently asked questions page. There is an app for iPads – iOS App which is rated from 4 years old upwards.
There is lots of help and support on their website but the following is a video explaining how to do all sorts.
Making short videos with Animoto seems a great way to add a sparkle to creativity – how about getting children to take a photo of every piece of artwork during a school year, then producing a video showing all of them? It is something that children could keep forever.