What is Animoto?
This video tool is great for students to make a quick commercial video or other such video. The free version allows for 30 seconds of video time. The tool allows students to add images and text as an animated slide show which looks like a video. It could be used to tell a short digital story. I've posted an example below, where I won the "Golden Pixel Award", to show how it works.
There is a free version. It is a fairly easy tool to use and enables the user to retrieve a file in addition to having a URL.
Free version is limited. The music you select may not match well with your slides, so playing with the image slides and the song may requie several publications and viewings.
Golden Pixel Award - Japan - Spring 2011In my first Instructional Design course, I won a competition for an Animoto video. The video was created shortly after the earthquake in Japan and I dedicated it to my brother and his girlfriend who currently live in Japan.
This eLearning authoring tool is great to use if you are building content that you will likely reuse in other universities/learning management systems. For example, if you teach online and on campus, your university might have multiple systems for you to learn. In that case, you would not be able to copy your course content from one system to another. This tool allows you to build your lectures/lessons in one place and upload your content into both systems.
While it does have testing capabilities, it is best to think of these as activities and not the real online tests. This is because you will not be able to link the tests with the grade book. Additionally, the tests in Kineo eXe are fairly limited in comparison to what you can do in Blackboard, eCollege, or Desire2Learn.
If you are coauthoring a course, you will want to save the Kineo eXe files in another tool like the Dropbox. Otherwise look at another tool, such as Udutu to build your lectures/lessons. Kineo eXe can be shared by multiple authors, but realistically only if the authors are utilizing the same computer or utilizes the Dropbox.
The tool does enable instructors to easily post the materials into various LMS, provided that the SCORM compatibility is turned off.
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