Animoto was introduced to me by a great educator in Iowa, Shannon Miller. When I wanted to try a project with Animoto, she was the first person I contacted and she was more than willing to answer my questions. I talked to 2nd Grade teacher Mrs. Hansen and we decided this would be a great opportunity for her students to create videos to conclude their dinosaur projects. We decided to complete the Animotos in a two step process. On Day 1 we spent time finding images for students to use in their videos and they also recorded introductions to each of their projects. Day 2 was filled with "oohs" and "awes" as the students started to see their videos come together. Animoto is a very simplistic program which many of the 2nd graders started to pick up on their own. When we published the videos, all of the videos started to play simultaneously and the audible excitement of the students as they saw their final product was awesome.
If you are looking for a program to introduce students to video creation, check out Animoto. Your kids will love it, and so will you.