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I love animoto for a number of uses. The volcano animoto below is great for establishing prior knowledge, as an intro to a unit on volcanoes. You can loop it as the kids walk in, and they will be engaged.

Animoto can also be used while at 6th grade camp, making quick animotos each evening and emailing them to parents, or making a long animoto at the end of the week in order to show incoming 6th graders next year at Back to School Night. Here is a link to an animoto done by Chris Locke, 6th grade teacher in Anaheim City School District.

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