Newsela 101: Animoto

Student Example Video

Need a quick and fun way for students to create videos and not have to worry about hours of editing? Well then Animoto is the video maker for you! I love using Animoto in the classroom to create professional looking videos where students can focus on the content instead of the editing. While Animoto is free to sign up, there is an upgraded package with more features that you can purchase. The free version has an Animoto watermark on the videos and it’s the one I currently use with my students.

Animoto is a fun and easy video making program that I love to pair with Newsela. For example, this week my students are reading texts from one of Newsela’s Thanksgiving text sets. The students will read a text and then work with a partner to create a video highlighting the main points of the article – almost like a movie trailer for the reading. The videos can easily be shared, edited, and downloaded and provide a quick and fun way to assess students’ reading comprehension.


Animoto is a web-based video editing program that takes images, videos, and music and combines them to form a video slideshow. What is great about the program is that it does all of the editing for the students, that way the main focus for students is on the content they are presenting. The videos are engaging and quick to make and cut out the hassle of having to train students on how to use video editing software.

How it can be used with Newsela:

Animoto can be used after students read one article or at the end of a unit after completing several articles. One way to use Animoto, other than what I described above, is after the students read an article about a person they can act as screenwriters and create a movie trailer for the Lifetime movie of that person. They can also create an overview/review video of a unit to show they understand the content before taking an end of unit assessment.


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Have you used Animoto in your classroom? We’d love to hear your ideas! Comment below and tell us how you’ve used it.


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2 thoughts on “Newsela 101: Animoto

  • November 21, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Do you have a student sample you can share?

    • November 21, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      I will have one Monday morning posted to share! I was going to have one for today, but the hectic week of Thanksgiving distracted me!


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