Use Animoto, a Web 2.0 application, to add an edge to your presentations that your students or any other audience will find engaging.
I’ve been wanting to create a multi media presentation for my Learning Strategies Class that would review all the different types of graphic organizers that I encourage the students to use to help them organize their thoughts when doing various assignments.
Surprisingly, sometimes when I talk about graphic organizers my students’ eyes glaze over. I wanted to catch their attention, and given that my Power Point presentations don’t really fare well when compared to the Much Music videos the kids love to watch, I was delighted to find Animoto, a Web 2.0 application. Animoto lets me create a a multi media presentation on any topic that has “the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer”.
What do my students think about Animoto? They think it’s really cool and were excited about it when I showed it to them the other day. They’re having lots of fun creating their own Animoto videos because they know the final product will look great.
Check out what I’ve done. I’m still exploring Animoto’s potential , but I already love it. It’s as easy as 1,2,3 to use. I’m sure you’ll find lots of ways to use it in and out of the classroom.
This Monday I’m giving a workshop at school to show my colleagues how easy it is to use. When I featured Animoto as “The Website of the Week”, it created quite a buzz. There’s lots of interest about it.
Oh, by the way the graphic organizers featured in my video can be found by clicking this link A list of Graphic Organizers I’ve found useful