Animoto is one of the early players in the upload your photos, toss in some music and create a nice slideshow like magic crowd. I have been using it off and on for eight or more years! Time sure flies.
The core functionality has not really changed, but the ease of access to your photos sure has. You can easily add Instagram, Facebook, Flickr and more photos to Animoto, pick some music and instant video. It also tosses a preview to you in seconds instead of minutes. It is easy to share your final works as well.
Class birthday video
Summary of the week in photos video
Class field trip reflection
End of season sports banquet photo session
Do I Plan To Use It?
Sure! The main thing is just doing it. Deciding that making a quick reflection is worthwhile. That is the hard part. The tools make it easy.
Commitment And Learning Curve
Animoto has optimized its site and the upload/create process very nicely. It has a low learning curve and it does not take an in depth commitment to use it. Teachers and students can easily dip in and out of it as needed..
Free for the basic version. Pro version costs money. But… teachers can apply for a free educator pro account here: https://animoto.com/education/classroom