I am all about saving time, and with Edmodo and Animoto, you can share memories of your school year in just a matter of minutes.
This past school year, I was introduced to Edmodo, and I absolutely love it. It has a format like Facebook, but it’s designed to be used just for the classroom (and it’s FREE). As a Spanish teacher, I was able to start discussions and motivate my students to practice their communication in Spanish.
I also discovered a quick way to take photos of special classroom moments and upload them in cute photo albums to Edmodo by using the application Animoto. Animoto is also free, but you can only upload up to 12 pictures per slideshow. If you want more, you will have to upgrade.
So, during the year, whenever students were doing a neat project or it was field trip day or party day, I would whip out my Smart Phone and take 12 pictures. Then, when I had a free moment, I went to the Animoto app and created a photo album in just a few seconds (there you have options to add music and/or change the slide design layout).
I sent the link to my email, and then in Edmodo, I posted the link just like I would in Facebook. So, there, in just a few minutes, I was able to share a special memory that we made with my students and their parents. At the end of the school year, we went through Edmodo together and watched all of the slide shows to reminisce about all the learning and fun times we had shared together.
Here is a video of my little sweetheart that I made in about two minutes (click image).
Have a great summer!