Though Animoto is not one of the newest web resources on the scene, many educators haven't taken full advantage of its free education accounts. Go to this link to apply for a free Animoto Plus account offering access to create dazzling presentations. Together in one location, photos, video clips, and music can jigsaw to create videos for an array of content purposes. Animoto walks new users through easy steps to create their presentations. These videos can easily be shared by email, on blogs or websites, or can be exported to YouTube. In the example below, photos were gathered from Creative Commons Internet sources (and credited at the end), uploaded, and titled to create a book trailer for the 2011 Newbery Award book Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool.
If you would like to create individual accounts for your students without using real email addresses, here's a link to the Animoto Helpdesk that explains the process. What a great opportunity for students to create their own cool videos demonstrating their learning!