This year at NISOD I was introduced to Animoto, which is essentially a fun and easy way to turn your pictures and videos into a free 30 second movie trailer (Upgrades are available, but I like free stuff). You don’t have to know much about technology: simply upload your pictures and movie clips, chose a soundtrack, and Animoto does the rest. Check out the quick video below to get an idea how it works. Below that you will see a quick Animoto I made after returning from NISOD 2011 (Keep and eye out for the Photoshop Effect). It took me about 2 minutes to do, and it was kind of fun. I am still working on the classroom applications for it, but I think it might be fun to do as an advance organizer for a speech. Have students make a free 30 second clip, and then have them explain it or tell a story…Like I said, I am still working on the classroom application, but I would love to hear ideas.
Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.
Oh Yeah, and for those of you who didn’t catch the photoshop effect at second 22 in my Animoto, here is the image of us at NISOD watching the bats….