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LDT Online: Animoto

LDT Online: Animoto

Alicia Marie Alicia Marie King earned this badge on Mar 13, 2018

Animoto is a tool that allows you to create and edit professional videos on computers and mobile devices.


  • Animoto as a tool

    Reflect on the various ways that Animoto could be used in educational, training, or personal learning environments. From your selected perspective, describe two different examples where Animoto could be integrated and used. In both cases, explain why Animoto could positively impact learning.

    Use the open text area to submit your reflective response. As a suggestion, you may want to first compose your response in a word processed document, check for all editing that needs to be completed, save your response so that you can access it later, if needed, and then copy and paste your response in the open text area for this challenge.

    Animoto can be used by the teacher to create short videos of all of the pictures they have taken in a year with their class. This is very popular with parents in the younger grades. This is how I have used it in the past. It can also be great to introduce something visual to a class. It can be used to introduce characters, mammals, geometry shapes, colors and more!

    Students could also create projects and responses using Animoto. This might be a great substitute for a research paper or for large physical project. I think of students who would benefit from showing their work instead of discussing their work. This would be a great alternative. This would be great for any project that relies heavily on visuals instead of text. Students could do a budget project and even create advertisements for companies or snippets of their proposed budget. Many different ways to use this project!

  • Using Animoto

         Step-by-step instructions for completing this challenge 

    1. Review these Animoto tutorials:
    2. View this page: Creating Your First Animoto Video (You can also click on a link to this page when you first create an account and sign in to Animoto).
    3. Go to the Animoto website to get started.
    4. Complete each of the following:
      • Begin your free trial by selecting ‘Start Free Trial,’ insert your information, and select ‘Start Trial.’
      • Read the first page that gives the '1,2,3s' of creating a video. You can also click ‘See Guide’ to take you to the Beginner’s Guide.
      • Chose a subject for your video and select ‘Create.’
    5. Suggestions for a topic include creating a presentation about how to complete some type of instructional task (e.g., explain how to use the rule of thirds in photography, how to divide by two-digit numbers), a presentation about some historical event, or even a presentation about a specific item or fact (e.g., brain anatomy, parts of a musical instrument). You may want to use your own pictures and create something about your favorite hobby, etc.  Here is an example from a person who likes to explore new places.
      • Choose a video style that complements your subject.
      • Select ‘Create’ for a walk-through guide. You will create some of your video as it shows you what to do.
      • Upload at least 20 pictures.
      • Give your video a title and, if desired, a subtitle.
      • Preview your video to see how it looks thus far.
      • Click ‘Continue Editing.’
      • Add an original video clip and edit the length as desired.
      • Select an item from the 'Video Clip Library' and alter the length.
      • Change the song to something that fits your subject.
      • Add captions to at least 3 pictures.
      • Add at least 2 pages of text, not including the title page.
      • When finished, select ‘Preview Video’ then ‘Produce.’
      • Add the date and a description if desired, then select ‘Finish.’
      • Copy your video’s link and paste below.

    Criteria for successful completion of this challenge

    Deliverables have been uploaded in the appropriate format, with all the required items described (see below), and are fully accessible by the grader.

    Deliverables for this challenge

    1 link to your Animoto video. The following required items must be displayed in your 2-3 minute video:

    • A relevant title page
    • A video style that complements your content
    • A song that complements your content
    • At least 20 pictures
    • At least 3 pictures with captions
    • At least 1 original video clip
    • At least 1 video from the 'Video Clip Library' with altered length
    • At least 2 pages of text (not including the title page)