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Animoto for Educators: A FAQ for Teachers and Administrators

Moira West

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If you’ve got questions about how to use Animoto, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together a comprehensive guide for teachers and administrators looking to add Animoto to their schools. Find out how to add video to your school marketing or lesson plans, and get some tips on video best practices in our frequently asked questions below.

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Setting up Animoto accounts

How do I get a free account?

Signing up for a free Animoto account is quick and easy. Head to Animoto, add in an email address and password, and you’ll be all set! Once you’re signed up, you never have to reapply or fill out any forms to maintain your account—it’s free forever.

If you’d like a Professional account you can always upgrade from our pricing page. A Professional account gives you access to more music choices, HD video downloads, more fonts, and unlimited color choices. It also removes Animoto branding from your videos and allows you to add your school’s logo instead.

Do I need a special code for my account or students accounts?

Not at all! In the past, educators were given special codes for student accounts. However, since Animoto is now free to use, we’ve removed this extra step.

How many student accounts can I have?

You may set up as many student accounts as you like.

How do I set up student accounts?

Follow these step-by-step instructions to create student accounts. Please note that we have different recommendations based on the age of your students.

Other types of Animoto accounts

What’s the difference between a free Animoto account and Animoto Professional or Business accounts?

Animoto Professional and Business accounts have a broader array of features, including downloadable HD videos, more commercially licensed music, and more font and color choices. You can also remove all Animoto branding when you use Professional or Business accounts.

My class uses tablets or I have a bring-your-own-device classroom — do you have an app?

We do! Click to download our iOS app.

Questions about using video

Where can I find images or video clips to use in my video?

Many government sites, like NASA and the Library of Congress have images that are free to use for educational purposes. You can also try education-themed stock image sites, like Pics4Learning, which feature images licensed for educational use.

Can I change my video's music?

Every Animoto video starts with a default song, but you can easily change your music or upload your own licensed music track.

How can I use video in my classroom?

There are almost as many ways to use video in the classroom as there are possible lessons. To get started, take a look at a few lesson plans and lesson ideas featuring video, and then check out ways to use video in your classroom, along with videos to help you start the school year and introduce yourself to students.

We also have a list of resources you can use along with Animoto to collect and share student videos.

How do you grade a video project?

We find a rubric works well for helping students focus on the elements they need to create a successful, informative video. You can find a sample rubric in this blog post that you can adjust for your own classes.

How can I help students make better videos?

Before you start an Animoto video project in your classroom, it helps to discuss what’s appropriate and what will look best. Start by showing students guidelines, like the one featured in the video below—you can download it here. You can also offer students tips on making their videos look better.

How can I market my school with video?

Video is a great resource for sharing fundraising or admissions drives, or just letting parents know what their children are up to during the day. If you’re using Marketing Video Builder, you can easily drag and drop your own content into one of our education-themed storyboards. We also have suggestions for ways to market your school with video on our blog, along with tips for reaching out to your school community on social media.

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