While we’ve played around with some photo tools that create video-like products–namely Animoto–if you want to work with true videos and animations, here are some tools that can help you do just that. Please try to explore at least one in depth. The first two are best for younger children; the third for older children.
Kerpoof is a storytelling website for kids in grades K-8.
Take a look at some of these sample movies made by kids:
ABCYa is a site for kids in grades K-5 (I have used it with PreK also). We will be looking at its “Make an Animation” tool, but there are tons of resources on the site for a number of subjects and skills.
Visit the Animation page and click on the blue Tutorial button to watch a brief video about using this tool.
View this sample ABCYa animation (it’s hard to find examples!):
Read this review of the site from Graphite (be sure to click “read full review”).
Make your own animation! Check out the video below for more help using the tool.
YouTube Video Editor
- Read through the Video Editor’s help article. Be sure to click on each category.
- Watch this video: How to Use YouTube Video Editor 2014
See some examples of the YouTube Video Editor being used in the classroom:
- Teaching Inquiring Minds
- YouTube Editor in the Middle School Classroom
- 8 Overlooked Useful YouTube Tools
Try it! You can either use still photos (link to tutorial) or make a video using creative common-licensed content (click the CC button in the editor) or any of your own videos that you’ve uploaded to your YouTube account. NOTE: I recommend you log into YouTube using a Google account before you begin. I also highly recommend watching the tutorial before you start, since this tool is not as intuitive as some of the others we’ve looked at.
Other Video Creation Tools
- PhotoPeach – create animated slideshows with photos and music. Super simple, no frills. A nice alternative to Animoto.
- PowToon – create animated videos using a PowerPoint-like interface. More advanced, but very cool. Once you register, a tutorial begins to play automatically.