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Animoto goes a little viral

This week, Animoto went a little viral at our high school. 

  • The eighth graders completed music videos of their selected summer reads. 
  • Prior to reading To Kill a Mockingbird, the 10th grade researched the history of the 1930s and began creating videos to express the feel of the times using images from the America From the Great Depression to WWII (Library of Congress) and found poem text.
  • US History II began production on music videos on 20th century to supplement the alternate wiki textbook they are building for their study of the decades.

But, what really got noticed were our whole-school productions.  My able volunteer, Caroline, whom I regularly task with experimenting with many of our fun new tools (see the Wordle genre signs, for instance) completed the Core Values video you see above. 

OneBookOneSpringfield, advertises our community-wide project, and is being broadcast each day on our Morning News show.

The administration was quite impressed and both films are due to be shown at this week’s Board meeting.  (We are a little afraid to tell them how easy it was.)

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Jo-Anne Gibson says:

    We love Animoto at our school especially in the library where we use it to promote our new books. Rumour has it that Animoto is going to a paid service. I wonder if there is any truth to this?

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