LQ: 8.4


Brain grade: 7.9
Fun score: 8.8

ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

Animoto is an iPhone and web-based application that facilitates the creation of videos from images, video clips, and music chosen or uploaded by users. Creating a free profile allows users to choose from various themes provided by Animoto and use a variety of media uploaded from users’ Facebook or hard drive to create a unique video slideshow. Once finished, users have the option to share their creations through Facebook or Youtube. The free version of Animoto is capped at 30 seconds of video, with limited user input on the specifics of production;. However, the paid version of the application boasts increased customization capabilities. The app features a simple, straight forward interface and is recommended to users ages 8 and up.

This App is good for kids who need help with:


Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

To create a cohesive slideshow, your child must think about the arrangement of visuals, sounds, and text. Understanding the interaction between these elements before combining them is key for a child trying to put together a visually striking and thematically coherent piece of work.


Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

Your child will begin with a blank slate and must use the resources available on the Animoto site, along with their own images and media, to build the foundation for a unique video slideshow. Making conscious choices about allocating and arranging a multitude of media resources, your child will practice organizing various elements to maximize the coherence, compatibility, and quality of the finished product.


Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

As with any artistic endeavor, your child will draw on interests, personal artifacts (e.g. photos and music), and aesthetic inclinations to piece together a final product. Animoto is an extremely user friendly entry point into the vast and growing field of digital film-editing, and developing a well-defined personal style. Animoto is an excellent tool for overseeing a creative project from conception to completion and then sharing a final product amongst peers.

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