In order to sign up (or re-sign up) as an educator for a free all-access pass, you can apply for a code from our education site. And in so doing, your application will be processed in the order it was received! Make sure you add to your address book so that your confirmation doesn't end up in your spam box.

(Educational Accounts expire every six months, and you'll need a new code to renew your account. Also, once you've received the code, you have one month to redeem it.)

Steps for setting up the student accounts:
  1. You will need to register each student just like you would any other Animoto User. You do NOT register student account within your own account. You can register the students yourself or give them the code and have them register. You can have them use their own email addresses or use the dummy account method. To read more about the Dummy Account Method click here. You will sign each student up individually here.
  2. When signing up you will be prompted to enter a promo code. This is where you will enter the classroom code you were sent in your confirmation email. This will work like a coupon and grant your students free Plus subscriptions. REMEMBER: Do not continue to enter any payment information after the promo code is entered.
  3. Once the promo code is accepted the account is ready to be used. Give the students their login information and have fun!

Tips for using in the classroom:
Like any project, there are steps to follow so the students do focus on the project content and not just playing around with this cool tool.
  • Brainstorm - Do individual, partner or group brainstorming to get the ideas flowing
  • Plan - Storyboards are a great tool for planning out the content of your project. The nice element about the storyboard is you can require the students get this approved before they ever get on the program. Here is a simple storyboard to use with the students:


  • Edit - Students should share their presentations to the class and receive some critique on how they could make it better. Maybe the images are too blurry or the text is too hard to read. Perhaps the audio doesn't really go with the content of the video.
  • Revision - Give students time to revise their work before submitting their final product
  • Share final product - Don't just stop with classroom. Find a way to share their projects online so it can be view by family and friends.Reflection - With any project, it is a good idea to have the student reflect on the project they just completed. You could do this through a blog, discussion board or as part of the final product. It is good for students to relate how the project went for them, including the all the steps, and how they felt about their final product. This will help you tweak the project for future use.

Challenge #7

Create an Animoto video using the photos you edited in Picnik on Challenge #3. Share your video under the appropriate challenge on the 12 for 2012 Gallery page (make sure you include your name, so we know whose video we are looking at).

Classroom Connection

  • Showcase student work or class projects
  • Create videos depicting excerpts from a book
  • Create a commercial or public announcement
  • Create a photo brochure of a country you are studying
  • Introduce an new concept with a video
  • Summarize the main idea of a passage through images
  • Create a simulated field trip
  • Create a 30 second "Getting to Know You" video at the start of the year
  • Create video flashcards
  • Great replacement for Powerpoint
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Overview of class for Parent Night
  • Poetry Projects

*Reminder - if students are not using their own photos/images, then they need to give credit to the owners and follow the Fair Use Rules.