Thursday, February 5, 2009

Animoto Book Trailers

I worked on a project with the 7th graders a couple weeks ago. We used Garage Band and Animoto to create book trailers for the novels they chose for an independent reading assignment.

They searched for photos in Flickr Creative Commons, used music from Royalty Free Music and Free Play Music, used Power Point to create Works Cited slides and saved them as JPEGs. I did let them find their book and author images from a Google images search, figuring if they're not public domain, they should be! I'm not sure that's an argument that would actually hold up in court, of course....

There is an issue with Animoto cutting off the end narration and the final (Works Cites) slides, but I'm trying to figure out a work around for that. I think if you allow the soundtrack an extra 15 seconds or so of music beyond the narration, that will force Animoto to use those final slides. That's my theory, anyway!
Here's a sample of the result.


  1. Hey! I just noticed this post in my RSS feeds. Pretty cool! I passed it on to Erik to do with his kids. I may also make one for myself for my portfolio. This is a really cool way to do book reports! Leah

  2. Jeri,

    I have been remiss in reviewing your blog recently. Great examples of student Animoto projects. Very helpful background on Etherpad. I am looking forward to your next post.

  3. These videos are great!! They rival Reading Rainbow! You go, girl!! I'm definitely going to do this-- also make Glogster pages about books..maybe both to post to their blogs!