I have wanted to learn about Animoto but haven't taken the time! I was so surprised at how easy it was to use. Even students that are just beginning to learn to be technical could navigate through the process of creating the Animoto Video.
I did have the glitch of not being able to access my own personal photos for this assignment. Something wasn't connecting between Animoto and Facebook or Picassa. But, I used stock photos so that I could play with this tool. It is a free tool if the video is very short. If I were going to be using it a lot I'd want to purchase a better package.
Last Spring I took students to Costa Rica. I wanted to create a mini slideshow of some of the things we saw there.
Make a video of your own at Animoto.
This web2.0 tool would be easy to incorporate into any speaking assignment I would give my class. They could narrate on any topic as their slide show gave them visual clues to lead them through their assignment. I would love to use this in class this year.