2. Is it written in clear language, or is the language designed to confuse?
I found it to be quite clear & easy to understand.
Do you see anything that surprises or concerns you about the service you are using?
Maybe the only thing is that they can stop the service at any time without any prior notice. So you could implement Twitter into your school and then the service ceases to exist.
In the Privacy clause, they explain that they store and can use any information or content you provide. So long as whatever information you provide you keep in mind twitter can share and use this information. Young students would have to be well aware of this.
How long are the policies – could you read the whole thing or did you get bored?
It actually wasn’t too bad. Nice big print and clearly labeled. Not too long as I could easily read it.
Did you read it when you signed up?
No I didn’t. I guess I trusted everyone else, that if it was dodgy I would have heard?
3. Now explore whether your chosen service has a way to back up or export your data.
Request your archive
You can request a file containing your information, starting with your first Tweet. A link will be emailed to you when the file is ready to be downloaded.
4. How easy is it to close down or delete your account?
Seems very easy. Just go to Accounts and select deactivate my account and give your password.
You may end your legal agreement with Twitter at any time for any reason by deactivating your accounts and discontinuing your use of the Services. You do not need to specifically inform Twitter when you stop using the Services. If you stop using the Services without deactivating your accounts, your accounts may be deactivated due to prolonged inactivity.
After reading the policies I would recommend others to use the service. So long as the content added to the site is not personal and sensitive.
Reflection questions on
▪ Does the service require a login? If so, what information needs to be provided when signing up for an account?
It does require a login but it is just an Email and password. Also Educators can apply for a free Animoto Plus account for use in the classroom. You can just use the Free account individually, as I did, but it only goes foe 30seconds.
Not really. Teachers just have to be diligent on checking what students are adding in relation to appropriate images and copyright etc. as they would normally. They suggest Animoto not suitable for students under 13 years old.
▪ How could you use this tool in your professional learning? Can you see it being useful to someone else in your organisation? Why?
I could definitely see this tool used in schools for both staff and student presentations. Its powerful features can be used to create stunning presentations incorporating images, video clips, music and text. The combination of all these features, especially the ability to use photos and music, would appeal to most students and keep them motivated.
What tasks might students complete using the tool? How could it change the tasks students are already doing? Where does it fit in the SAMR model of assessment?
Any assessment task, assignment, could be presented on Animoto. It enables the students to mix relevant messaging, statistics and quotes among the pictures or videos in an engaging format to share. To see their work come together as a professional looking video and shown to the teacher or peers, would be inspirational to any student, no matter what academic level.
It certainly fits perfectly into the SAMR model of assessment. Animoto not only modifies, it redefines using technology to replace all old ways of doing a task dramatically improving outcomes. Animoto is certainly fun and easy to use. The students will be inspired to research and put together a very informative presentation. With using this tool the students will be more engaged than they would with doing the same task with pen and paper.
▪ Were you able to create something useful with the tool? Is it easy to share what you’ve done by either publishing it online or even embedding it into your own site? If so, share what you created by pasting a link into your blog entry or embedding the item.
I was able to create a short 30sec free video. It’s not an educational one, just a bit of fun. I actually put it on my facebook too.
Animoto makes it easy to share your videos via email, on a blog/website, exported to YouTube, or downloaded to a computer for use in presentations.
Here is my Little Animoto video “Growing Up”