How to Make a Video Presentation for School

Eliza Talvola


Video can help you create presentations that are more visually interesting and more exciting. It doesn’t take long to create a video presentation for almost any subject.

You can use Animoto to create a book report for English class, display still life photos in a video photography portfolio, or explore historical people and events. Take a look at our Educational Presentation template shown below, or check out all of our colorful educational template options that will help you get started on making your own A+ worthy video for your next in-class presentation.

Get ready to make your video

When creating an Animoto video for school, it helps to first decide what your project will be about and then keep a file that will hold all of your information in one place. This makes it quick and easy to upload your selected photos and videos. It also helps to plan out what you’d like to say ahead of time so you can determine what images or video clips you’ll need and how much room you’ll need for text.

Collect images

Once you’ve decided what your video will be about, it’s time to find the photos and video clips that’ll make it look sensational. Browse the Stock tab from the Media Library on the right side of your project to see what's available at your fingertips, or check out resources online that offer free images for your presentations. Government agencies like NASA or the Library of Congress also have materials that are approved for you to use for school projects.

Decide on your video’s look

After you have collected your imagery, log in to Animoto and pick a template with a design you like, or click Start from Scratch to style your video yourself. If you change your mind, don't worry! You can always make changes to the look and feel of your project later.

Try to match the look of your video to the subject matter. Earth tones might work better on a biography of Abraham Lincoln, but there are no limits on how colorful you can make a math or science video. Here's a colorful example of our Vocabulary Lesson template shown below.

Choose your music

Animoto has great licensed music that you can use for free. You can search by genre, mood, or keyword. If you’ve got a lot of text, consider using an instrumental, which won’t distract viewers while they’re reading what you have to say. You can also record your own voice-overs or upload songs to Animoto, but be sure you have a license to use the song before you add it to your project.

Finish and share your video

When you’re happy with your video, hit the blue play button on the bottom left corner of your project to see your project in action. When you're done working on your video project, just click on the Export button in the top right. From there, you'll be able to download the video and drop it into a class drive or share the video link with your teacher, who can show it to the class on smartboard or watch it on their own.

Animoto and your classroom

Looking to use video in the classroom this year? You and your students can create free accounts and start creating your own video projects in minutes. Check out this blog for video lessons and ideas to help you get started.