How to Make an End-of-Year Classroom Recap Video

Moira West


The end of the school year is a time for reflection; for looking back on all your students have learned. And video gives you a meaningful way to wish graduates well or to say goodbye to students before summer vacation begins. To help you create your own video to share with students and their families, take a look at our end-of-year video guide. Or, dive right into Animoto by using the This Year's Moments template.

Collect photos and video clips

Here's how to create a video that's similar to the example shown above. Collect photos and video clips from throughout the year. Look through your phone or even ask students or parents to provide images. You can also dig through a school Google drive or photo service if your school has one.

Here are a few images you might want to include:

  • First day: Photos from the first day of school can be a fun way to show how much your students have grown.
  • Class pictures: Using the class photo is a simple way to make sure all of your students make it into your video.
  • Sports and clubs: Capture highlights from extracurricular activities to celebrate after-school accomplishments.
  • School events: Document assemblies, concerts, plays, and school dances.
  • Class trips: If you have photos from any trips, make sure to include them.
  • Class projects: Add in photos of presentations or special assignments that show your students learning.

Start your end-of-year video

It’s time to make your video! You can begin with an Animoto video template—our Weekly Newsletter template is another good choice—or start from scratch. Once you’ve started your project, add your photos and video clips.

Personalize your video

Animoto gives you lots of options for customizing your video. Click on the Design icon to change colors, fonts, and more. That's also where you can make style changes to your video, including choosing different transitions and text effects for your video.

Choose music

We have a library of licensed music with hundreds of songs. You can use our music selector tools to find the right one for your video. Search by genre, mood, and more. if you can’t find what you want, you can upload your own licensed music right into Animoto.

Share your video

Once you’re happy with your project, simply export it to download or share to social media. Animoto lets you post directly to social media and also offers embed code so you can add your video to your class website. To learn more, check out our guide to sharing your Animoto video.

Have you created an end-of-year video using Animoto? We’d love to see it! Share it with us in the comments below or reach out on Facebook or Twitter.