A couple of weeks ago I began to play with Animoto and created a couple of Valentine’s video clips for my loved ones. I’ve been quite impressed with how slick Animoto is and have been contemplating its value in my classroom. With Animoto, you can create 30 second video clips for free. However, I’ve been so impressed with the videos that Animoto has enabled me to create, that I decided to purchase a one year All-Access Pass. For $30, this allows me to create an unlimited amount of full length video clips.
In terms of educational value, I’m thinking that creating short video clips to introduce art units will be good attention grabbers. This will work well with Wordle images, as the Wordle images that can be created at the beginning of units can be the starting screen images for the videos. This should also enable some continuity, as the images that will be shown in these intro videos will also be shown and displayed on screen as the students work through the projects in the unit. I always like to have examples visible for students, and I have sneaking suspicion that my students will request to see these videos more than once.
In many of my courses, students are expected to research significant movements in art history. In addition to other forms of evaluation, students could create short 30 second Animoto clips made up of selected artworks from the movement.