Another Animoto

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.


Playing With Wordle

I have seen many interesting Wordle creations [beautiful word clouds] over the last couple of years, but have never taken the time to create one.  As part of my ‘playing in the sand’ time, I’ve decided to play and create a Wordle image or two. Just based on their aesthetic value alone, I can see their value in a visual arts class.

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Create your own at

Aside from figuring out how to embed the image [ended up using a screen capture], I have found the process relatively intuitive, easy, quick, and even fun.  This could be something that could quite easily fit into the classroom.

Here are few others.  This one was created simply by typing in the web address of this blog page, and so this is a visual representation of the content of this blog.  It is interesting to note the differences of this image and the Tag Cloud that is in the bar on the right.  The Tag Cloud seems to show a longer term cloud, and the Wordle image is a cloud of more recent activity.

Just a quick browse through the gallery at makes two things pretty clear.  1 – this is quite popular, dozens of wordle images are created and added to the galler every minute.  2 – there are a wide array of applications for such creations.  Many things come to mind, advertising, love letters, greetings, poetry, and on and on it goes…  I’ve been thinking this would be an interesting way to display intro or cover pages to unit, presentations, or slideshows.  In this example, I’ve played with the advanced tab, and customized colours, sizes, and word groupings.