Currently, this week I am teaching teachers at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone, Maine. I am an alumni of the school and wanted to be a part of the wonderful educators camp the school has set up. I am teaching a course about technology and Blooms Taxonomy and wanted to share some of that here for the blogging world and as a resources for my "campers."
On the first day we did introductions with Animoto. For those of you who are not familiar with this site it is a place where you can make 30 second videos for free. You can also check out the paid version as well. I think it would be worth it to sign up and make some neat, longer videos.
We did our introductions this way. Everyone signed in to create a account. Click on "Sign up" in the right hand corner and follow the prompts. Once you have an account it will ask help you through making your first video. It will ask you to choose a template... when you click on the template it may say you have to pay, however if you look right under the spot it says you have to pay, it says or create a 30 second video. Click here and you can get started creating!
A couple things you need to know to navigate through Animoto.
1. You will see a box with a plus sign - this is how you had slides. If you click on the plus sign you will get to icons. The one on the left is to add videos and pictures and the one on the right is to add text. When you click on these it will give you many options for upload pictures, or you can even add generic pictures.
2. Right above the box with the plus sign is a music note. If you click on the music note you also have an array of options to choose from to add different music.
3. You can preview your video at any time by clicking the button on the left that says "Preview Video."
4. If you are ready to "produce" your video you are also going to click "Preview video," then type in a name for it in the new screen and hit "skip and produce."
Our intro's came out so good! I really enjoyed seeing all the pictures of family members and pets in our classroom. Here is my intro video that I showed our class.
Make a video of your own at Animoto.
Once you've had a chance to practice making your own videos checkout how many great things you could do in the classroom with Animoto.
Hope this was helpful to all!