Using animoto for language education

İrgın P., Turgut Y.

International Journal of Learning, vol.16, no.9, pp.1-8, 2009 (Scopus) identifier


Currently, there is a great application of technology-based learning in education, which is a rapidly growing phenomenon. In these days, students live in a mediarich environment and interact with a wide range of electronic devices both inside and outside their schools and houses. In technology enhanced language learning, there are various tools to improve the collaboration and communication. Animoto is one of the web-based tools in the entire world of Web 2.0, which is designed with a constructivist approach encouraging students to navigate, create, and construct their knowledge. It offers an interactive environment that allows students to design learning, to be creative by constructing their own learning experiences. As constructivist theory focuses on making connections and making meaning in the learning process, it enables students, teachers and all researchers to take advantages of the web-based developments. Students can each have their own accounts to make full-length videos while in class and at home, they can also download their videos. This makes both in-class and homework assignments easier to do even though an internet connection is not available. Language learners can create unlimited videos for themselves and also share them with their friends, which is the most significant feature of Animoto. They can post videos wherever they want or download them for in-class presentations. It is also a free program that mixes students' images and music together to create music videos. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities for use in your classrooms to make education more effective. © Common Ground, Pelin İrgin, Yildiz Turgut.