Notice the navigation panel encircled in red on the left. As you move through each step, the checkmark appears signaling completion of a step. The project saves automatically as you move through each step. However, there is a Save button on the upper right hand side of the screen.
Uploading pictures and video: Difficultly level: Low. The functionality is equivalent to attaching a document to an email or uploading pictures on Facebook. Once you’ve uploaded your pictures, you can rearrange them as you’d prefer them to appear in the video. Notice the options on the right: You can spotlight, rotate, or easily delete pictures.
Adding music is also simple. The site has many themes and genres preloaded. However, you may upload your own music. We found it easier to have students use the preloaded music, so that profanity wasn’t an issue. However, some students were cleared to add their own music, but we had to hear the songs first.
Text is useful for clarifying the point or purpose of a picture or as a transition slide between ideas. The top line holds 22 characters, the bottom line holds a max of 30 characters. This forces students to be concise and creative about the text they use. After text, you can “produce” your video. Once that happens, the site compresses the video and emails you the final product to the Gmail account you used to setup the animoto accounts. Even after viewing a video, students can always go back and edit them. This is also a great piece to incorporate into the final grading, as it challenges students to produce quality work and to be mindful of spelling, flow, the story they’re telling, etc.
After viewing your project, click “Sharing”…then, click copy code. You can paste this code onto your wikipage or onto your webpage to create a direct link to the video for display.
Click Other HTML
Paste your HTML coding here, then click save.
Lastly, the Animoto Blog is quite useful for any troubleshooting questions or concerns you may have.
F. Brown Collaboration
OBJECTIVE: EFFECTIVE LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST& TEACHER COLLABORATIONTool: AnimotoMs. Freda D. Brown, School Library Media SpecialistMrs. Crystal Brown, English Teacher, NBTCKenwood Academy High School
•Successful Collaboration What Works Communication Can be formal and informal; yet should be progressive and consistent (emails,Ultimately, collaboration texts, brief sit down discussions)works best when all partiesunderstand their roles, setclear expectations for theproject, the students, and oneanother. Mutual Trust and understanding of roles, skills sets of each adult.It is a learned process. Thecollaboration gets easier andeasier the more you do it; theexperiences are richer for Planning********your students. Discuss and establish objectives, resources needed, roles, student needs, priorThus, reflecting after each knowledge, assessment tools (rubric)session is critical; allows forgrowth and buildscommunication, trust, andlearning for the students. Reflection Honest and necessary.
What advice would you give to teacherswho are not currently collaborating withtheir school librarian? “…working alongside “You need to have enough time (at least 30 with your minutes) to sit down, lay out the materials, school talk about the project, and really figure out librarian is the goals and outcomes of the collaboration. wonderful Otherwise the results can be discouraging for your for both the teacher and the librarian, which students can dampen enthusiasm for future efforts. “ because — Elizabeth Hamming, Lynden High School they get the advantage of the old saying "two heads are “If your school librarian is presently not better than collaborating with you, then please one" and it shares the take the initiative to invite him/her to load both in your next grade-level planning teaching session.” and planning”.
•The Project: Digital Storytelling using AnimotoDigital Storytelling: Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories.Objective: To Demonstrate understanding of plot themes through the Play, A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen Instructional Roles: •Classroom Teacher-Content of Play •School Library Media Specialist-Animoto Accounts setup and instruction with students •Jointly: Assist with troubleshooting, saving files, developed rubric and project criteria http://kahslibrary.wikispaces.com/Animoto+Projects
•Creating an Animoto Account www.animoto.com Step One Apply for an Educator Account: -50 student sub accounts attached to your email address -Must be a Gmail (Google mail account). I’d suggest a new Gmail acct for the Animoto setup Confirmation Number is important: Step Two -Save it! -Create a Master password list! Step Create Student Accounts Three: -Each account builds off of the original Gmail account you used Step Four: Create a Log for each username and password you setup -Use when assigning accounts to students for projects Determine how to distribute the 50 student accounts to your students Step Five: -Youcan assign more than one student to each account; remind students to only edit/alter their content and warn them that they may see more than one video when they log in.
•Animoto & Standards Animoto also addresses Common Core Standards!• Learning Standards Addressed: English/Language Arts 2.B.5a Analyze and express an interpretation of a literary work 2.B.4b Analyze form, content, purpose and major themes of American literature and literature of other countries in their historical perspectives. 1.C.5d Summarize and make generalizations from content and relate them to the purpose of the material. 5.C.5a Using contemporary technology, create a research presentation or prepare a documentary related to academic, technical or occupational topics and present the findings in oral or multimedia formats.• Learning Standards Addressed: Library Media 1.1.8 Demonstrate mastery of technology tools for accessing information and pursuing inquiry. 1.2.3 Demonstrate creativity by using multiple resources and formats. 2.1.6 Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings.
•SHOWCASE YOUR VIDEOS Some Suggestions• Embed the links to the • Students can present • Videos can be shared videos onto a school their videos to the with parents and or classroom webpage class administrators via using an email, along with the• Create a Wikipage or • Internet Connection, assignment and rubric. Google Class page if LCD Projector, and you don’t have a projector screen • Videos can also be webpage. directly from the shared via Animoto’s Animoto website. mobile App!