Here’s a web 2.0 tool that could bring some fun into your classroom. Animoto is an online music-video creation application. Go to their site, sign up (it’s free), and you can create a short (30 second) music video, using your own digital photos and a song from the animoto library, that can be emailed, downloaded, linked to, or embedded in a web site.
Right now they have a mother’s day special going on. The animoto creation you make is sent inside a lovely flash-based mother’s day graphic (hard to explain, but it’s pretty). I just put an animoto together for my mom (who, at 70 years old, has completely immersed herself in email and the web – go MOM!) and it was a lot of fun. Once I found the digital photos I wanted, it only took me about 15 minutes to put it together. It’s a way to send something nice to your Mom while brushing up on your web 2.0 skills.
Animoto would be a useful tool to consider for student projects (maybe a fun end-of-the-year sort of thing?). It’s good for setting a mood and giving a content “impression”. Not so good for presenting a complex topic or a linear progression. Here are a few biology animotos that might be fun to create… a series of biodiversity animotos? Or an animoto for each biome? Animotos of a local nature area? Student pets? Gardens? Your classroom? Would love to hear your ideas and see what you create.
Here’s a link to one that I put together on Charles Darwin.