Animoto

 
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Learning(i)

Creative, easy-to-use tool for making and sharing videos.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Encourages a preservation and appreciation of photos and memories and offers opportunities for creativity and self-expression.
 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that ANIMOTO is a video creation tool that makes creating and sharing videos fun, fast and simple. Short 30-second videos are free, but creating anything longer requires a paid upgrade that unlocks more (and longer) music tracks, extra options and the ability to download finished videos to DVD. Step-by-step instructions guide visitors through the creative process until a finished video is ready to share through various social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Videos also can be emailed and shared through the Animoto iPhone app.
 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • film

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • imagination
  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

A highly satisfying and easy selection-and-upload process for music, images, and video clips means kids will have fun, and the good-looking presentations will make them feel like little geniuses. 

Learning Approach

You can't control transitions or add narration to stories, so kids can't create much depth. However, they can arrange images and short videos to music, which strengthens artistic association, organization, and creativity.

Support

Simple videos at the site show how to build a video project, and the homepage offers plenty of advice.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • film

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content
  • imagination
  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn and apply simple technology skills to create custom videos from photos and video clips. Animoto's online tool provides the basic structure, but still enables users to infuse their own unique creative touches into each digital creation. With simple clicks and moves of the mouse, kids can switch up the order of the photos (or video clips), insert their own text to tell a specific story and change the music to fit the mood. Animoto is an engaging media-creation tool that offers kids a creative outlet and a safe place to improve their technical proficiency.
 

This Learning Rating review was written by Conny Coon

What's it about?

No need to buy software to make home movies when there's Anitmoto.com, a clever online tool that makes video creation fun for all ages. Its simple format and easy-to-follow instructions lets users combine photos, video, graphics, text and music to make customized videos. The free version, called \"Lite,\" allows for limited 30-second videos using limited designs and music tracks. A paid upgrade offers unlimited full-length videos, more than 600 music track options and video downloads to your computer and/or DVD.
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Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Thanks to social media networks, YouTube, and ever-present cell phones with digital cameras, creating and sharing videos has evolved from the occasional occurrence to commonplace. Tweens and teens store vast amounts of photos and video content on their phones, iPods and tablets, and Animoto.com makes it easy to stitch it all together to create cool videos to store and share.  Just follow the simple instructions to select photos and video clips from Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Instagram, and other social media networks. Or, upload your own. Then, pick a style, add a music track and write your own words. The site does the rest, combining the elements into a seamless, high-quality video that's ready to save, email or share through social media. Although Animoto is handy for creating short videos, the free version is severely limiting. Depending on their size, only a few photos or videos will fit into the 30-second framework, so there's strong motivation to become a paid subscriber.
 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of knowing how your digital creations are shared online and how to make smart decisions about the world of technology that's available.

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  • Talk about variety of online tools that exist for creating digital media. What are some of the more interesting sites or apps available?

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  • Talk about why it's important to have strong privacy settings on social media sites, especially when sharing personal content such as photos or videos.

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Website details

Genre:Creating
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free, Free to Try, Paid

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old May 29, 2013
 

We use it in school!!!! Proof enough that its educational!!!!

We use this in science a lot. It encourages kids to be creative and create a collage on their favorite topic. I even made my own account that I use at home. I rated it for 8+ cause even though the steps to completion of your video are simple and easy to learn kids 7 and under might not get the hang of the whole thing
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old January 20, 2013
 
LEARNING

Very nice. ^_^

This is a really good website. Children get to know on how to make their video. The only thing is, you have to put your first AND last name. But I didn't do that. I only put 'Music Slayer.' And the videos can be any length you want! I would reccomend this to people that like slideshows or expressing their true selves. ^_^ ~Music Slayer
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Educator and Parent Written byjhenning January 13, 2015
 
LEARNING

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Students can be creative as they organize a presentation on knowledge learned. Students are very engaged and motivated to create their presentation.
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