Animatron

Freemium! Animatron allows users to create animated videos, stories, and presentations. To begin, users will need to register with the website and view a short tutorial that provides an overview of the website’s layout and tools. When ready, users will need to click the main menu button on the top left of the screen, choose the “Project” option, and then the “New Project” option. Animatron will then load a blank canvas. To access the website’s animation modes, users can toggle between the “Lite” and “Expert” tabs at the top of the screen. The Lite mode is a simplified version of…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 8
B. Design - 9.3
C. Engagement - 9.7

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Animatron: A Website for Presentations

Summary : Don’t Just Create It… Animate It!

Animatron allows users to create animated videos, stories, and presentations. To begin, users will need to register with the website and view a short tutorial that provides an overview of the website’s layout and tools. When ready, users will need to click the main menu button on the top left of the screen, choose the “Project” option, and then the “New Project” option. Animatron will then load a blank canvas. To access the website’s animation modes, users can toggle between the “Lite” and “Expert” tabs at the top of the screen. The Lite mode is a simplified version of Animatron designed for those who have never had any animation experience before, while in the Expert tab users can switch either to “Design” or “Animation” modes to access advanced animation features. In any mode they choose users can add content – videos, images, pictures, text, shapes, lines, and more – with the tool bar on the left side of the screen. As they add content, users will see the content represented as “layers” at the bottom of the screen, and they can adjust the order and length in which the content appears in their video by right clicking on the layers under the canvas. If users wish to add multiple canvases to their video, they can do so by selecting the “+” button on the top right of the screen. Users can also add transitions between their canvases using one of the preloaded options. If users wish to add a voiceover to their video, they can do so by clicking the “Microphone” icon on the top of the screen, recording their voice, and then adding it to their video. When finished, users can save their video by clicking either the “Download” or “Share” option. 

Please Note: Animatron includes several other features, tools, and options that exceed the scope of this review. It is highly recommended that users view Animatron’s tutorials and help videos for additional information.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Before having students create their own videos using this website, teachers can show students some Staff Pick videos and discuss the features of videos they enjoyed viewing and characteristics of videos they did not like. As they discuss these features and characteristics, students can take notes using a T-chart.
  2. Instead of or in addition to a traditional research paper, teachers can have students create a video about their topic using this website. After making the video, students can link it to a class website, and teachers can require students to respond to the video by stating what they learned about the topic and what they still want to know.
  3. Teachers can pose a debate topic to students (e.g., voter rights, immigration, abortion, gun rights, etc.). In response, students can create a video that supports their side of the debate and addresses some potential counterpoints. Teachers can add specific requirements to this assignment, such as requiring the video to include a certain amount of animation, text, and colors. When finished, students can post a link to their video on a class website, so their classmates can view and respond to it.
  4. After reading a narrative text, students can create a short video that acts as a “Book Talk” or preview of the text using this website. After creating it, students can show the video to their classmates in small groups to encourage them to read the text.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity

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