Animoto: The Power of Video and Primary Sources


Great Student Examples of Animoto and Primary Sources:

Primary Sources Animoto Using MIT's Visualizing Cultures Website of Primary Sources: 

Ways to Use This Tool With Primary Sources:

  • Have students collect a series of primary sources which highlight an important day in history ( Today in History is a good example from the LOC.gov site. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/today.html ) and create a short Animoto using the primary and secondary sources to share with their audience to let them know what is important about a particular day. If this was done with planning, these videos could be shared throughout the school year as part of announcements etc.

  • Have students collect a series of primary sources on a historic site and create a PSA for that historic site using those sources that the site could then use to attract visitors.

  • Using a series of primary sources, create a multimedia presentation about that series. Animoto allows students to input pictures, video and small amounts of data into a storyboard template.  Students can arrange and rearrange their storyboard.  Students must communicate about their sources in a succinct way.  

  • Create a public service announcement about a local agency or community resource using primary sources to showcase their work and persuade people to get involved.

  • Use Animoto to document teacher professional development activities for your portfolio. Primary sources that show your learning in action as an educator.

  • Use Animoto to collect primary sources and then use them as a video writing prompt for classroom reflection or background context on a subject of study.

  • Use a collection of text an annotate them in Animoto for a visual record of research using primary sources.

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