Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.
Animoto is a video production tool that allows still photos, videos, and music to be seamlessly and simply integrated.
Animoto offers free rendering of a 30-second production using your digital media and allowing you to select from a variety of music. Time for longer productions is available for purchase. All productions can be exported to social media sites personal or business websites, or personal storage.
In the classroom, Animoto can be used in a variety of ways. Some ideas include the following:
Digital scrapbook - Students create a digital scrapbook of a special event or field trip.
Oral Presentation - Students record an assigned oral presentation and add it as "music" to an Animoto production that contains the desired images. This is a great way to manage oral presentations in online environments.
Science Fair Promo - Students create a production giving background information, project construction photos or video, and the research questions of their science fair project. The production is set to loop throughout the science fair creating visual interest and drawing visitors into the project.
New Product Advertisement - Students invent a new product (real or fictitious) and create a production that serves as the key component of the advertising campaign for the product.
How do you utilize this technology in your classroom?
Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for utilizing this technology to foster effective teaching and learning.
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I often use Animoto to create my personal introduction video for my online classes. I can quickly and easily put together a series of photos (usually a few personal photos along with photos of the logos from universities I graduated from). Makes my introduction a bit more personal and engaging compared to a simple text version.