Over the past few weeks I have had several teachers looking for video slideshow tools for a variety of projects from student presentations to end of the year school videos. So I have rounded up the best tools that I could find to help you make easy, engaging and entertaining video slideshows. Note: I am not including iPhoto because I have a previous post on how to create a slide show in iPhoto
Animoto is an online video creation program. You easily can make videos inserting pictures, videos, and text into a template video style. As a teacher you want to sign up for their Animoto Classroom Plus account which is free for one year and allows you to create up to 50 accounts for your students. They also have a Blog with ideas and lesson plans for using Animoto in your classroom.
PhotoPeach is a fun way to allow younger students or students who are not very tech-savvy to create video slideshows. Students can create a rich slideshow in seconds with background music, captions, & comments. It is very easy to use and because it is so simple kids shouldn’t need much help navigating it. Although they offer a PhotoPeach Class premium account for educators there is cost so I suggest creating a free account which will
still allow you & your students to make great presentation.
WeVideo allows you to website create stunning and creative video slideshows with videos & photos. Since it is a cloud, you can access your media from almost anywhere using any internet-enabled device and you or your students can work collaboratively on projects. They have a K-12 educational plan that can be purchased by teachers or school districts but you can also sign up for a free account that still works great but with limited features. They also have a very informative educational Blog that focuses on integrating video technology into the classroom in general and WeVideo Academy gives you access to tutorials and lesson ideas.
ProShow Web makes the slideshow creation process very easy. All you have to do is pick a theme/template, import your pictures, chose a song, click ‘create slideshow’ and you’re done. It allows users access to a full library of royalty free music. has a large collection of themes and allows you to share your project over social media. You can sign up for a free account with limited features. makes the slideshow creation process very easy. All you have to do is pick a theme/template, import your pictures, chose a song, click ‘create slideshow’ and you’re done.
Kizoa is another great video creation video editing online tool. You can make a slideshows, an animated collage, or a video. You can get a free account by signing up for a “basic account. One Drawback is that it does not have blank templates to be filled in with color so you have to select pictures that can work as backgrounds.
Spring is right around the corner and since Pine Road has a fabulous Nature Trail to use many teachers wanted to know if there was anything on outdoor learning that I could round-up. Below are some of the best resources that I could find:
- Virginia Tech has a delightful elementary unit on Natural Resources that includes hands on activities, worksheets, puzzles, coloring pages and standards of learning.
- The Soil Science Society of America has a great resource page with lessons and hands on activities broken down by subject and grade level.
- California Academy of Science’s Natural Resources Bingo lesson plan is a fun way for students grades 2-8 to categorize common things we throw in the trash according to the resource from which they are made.
- The Natural Resources Defense Council has a great resource page for elementary lesson plans, activities, websites and videos related to Natural Resources.
- Scholastic’s Teach Now Weather Watchers website has K-3 weather related lessons & activties. Highlights include a internet field trip, weather related experiments and student created plays.
- Discovery Education’s Connect With Weather website was created with the help of The Weather Channel. Highlights include a virtual behind the scenes field trip to The Weather Channel headquarters, videos, hands on activities and a family preparedness take home activity
- The University of Oklahoma’s Storm Evader App is a free interactive way for kids to learn about weather. The app encourages students to see meteorology as a problem-solving tool by putting them in the pilot seat to navigate a plane during weather events.
- PBS Learning’s K-2 What’s the Weather? Lesson helps students learn about meteorology and weather changes, and discuss how weather affects daily life.The lesson includes worksheets, interactives and videos.
- Life Lab, a national leader in the garden-based learning movement, is a great resource for K-12 composting activities, lesson plans & videos. Highlights from this page are the worm guide, a vermicomposting activity for pre-K and how to build a soda bottle bioreactor.
- My Kids’ Adventures Getting Dirty: Five Fun Composting Projects for Kids has great activities for creating not only a compost bin but also allows explains how composting helps students’ to reduce their carbon footprint. It also has a link to The Nature Conservancy’s interactive calculator for determining their or their families carbon footprint.
- PBS Learning’s K-3 Recycling and Composting lesson helps students learn about the value renewable resources hold for our society and the broader community of living things. The lesson includes worksheets and videos for teachers to use.
- Learning to Give’s What is a Watershed? lesson plan helps students understand the importance of watersheds and ways in which water pollution occurs through hands on activities, research and experiments.
- NJDEP Water Wash lesson illustrates watershed function, ground water contributions, flooding, and nonpoint source pollution.
- PBS and its Watershed Quest is a website explaining the concept of a quest and a one-hour lesson plan that enables students to explore their watershed and water movement using topographic maps.
- Project Wet has a website that contains fun Interactive activities and video about watershed parts (tributaries, source or headwaters, mainstem) and human impacts on watersheds (dams, pollution, runoff).