If you were going to assign your students to create a video for a project, which would you recommend? I would like to use this as a culminating project for my Summer School classes, but I'm not convinced which provider to use. All you people who are entrenched in technology need to give me some guidance.
My students are using Animoto to create videos in Social Studies right now. Animoto is free to use, and educators can get 60 licenses to upgrade students to Plus users with access to more video themes and longer running videos by submitting a request with Animoto. They send you a promotional code to use when students sign up. However, students do need to be 13 to register, so there are a few drawbacks.
It would depend on the project. We only have PCs at school - otherwise I love iMovie for the Mac. For most regular movies or commercials, I would user MovieMaker - it's easy for my middle schoolers to figure out. Or for digital storytelling, PhotoStory 3 is great; you can use the Ken Burns effect on still photos to create motion effects. Both are free downloads from Microsoft. For our green screen videos we use Adobe Premiere Elements - it's processor intensive, but you can create some really cool effects.. We have used Animoto, but our Internet speed isn't the greatest and it's slow when uploading a lot of pictures. Animation - wow, online tools include Go!Animate, Domo, Zimmer Twins, and Xtranormal allows 3D animation. Enjoy!
You can get a free Animoto Educator account and created unlimited videos. Since your students are at the college level, they can also get their own accounts. However, they will either have to pay for an unlimited account or create 30-second videos. My suggestion is for you to get the educator account and let the students use the licenses. I agree with Lori -- there are quite a few things out there for video creation. Her list of choices is good. However, many of those choices are not COPPA comliant for children under the age of 13, and in some cases, under the age of 18. You just have to check the Terms of Service.
Here is a list of FREE video creation sites from my website: http://sisdinstructionaltechnology.yolasite.com/
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Wow! Thanks so much. Texas Teachers ROCK!!!! So many choices, so little time. I was also thinking about having them post their creativity to U-Tube, but was a little nervous what college kids might post and didn't think the connecting link to their class would necessarily be a good thing.
Sure appreciate all the input.