January 11, 2010

Promoting Reading with Animoto



I love how books and technology can mix, in delightful and unexpected ways! Made my second Animoto slide show yesterday, this one to promote reading.

I collect We LUV Reading photos from my Facebook friends, and put them in my photo album, with permission first, of course. I decided to celebrate the 50-mark with an Animoto slide show.

30-second shows are free, and full-length ones (anything more than 30 seconds) cost $3. With this particular slide show, I chose the additional option of creating an HD version ($5). The HD version downloads in both MP4 format and ISO (DVD quality, for burning). You can get a year-long subscription to make unlimited full-length shows for $30. If it's for a business, it's $249.

Animoto provides a great choice of royalty-free music, organized into categories (Top 40, Classical, Latin, Jazz, Country, Holiday, etc.). Or you could add your own.

You can add video clips and text too. In this case, all I did was upload the photos and choose the music.

Uploaded the slide show to TeacherTube yesterday too (again, with permission), and already got 40 hits.

The beauty of it all? ANYONE can do this!

Have FUN with it!

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