Want a fun, fresh way to get to know your students? Have them make introduction videos using the easy-as-pie web app Animoto. These videos make for a great back-to-school project, and get kids excited about your class.
In this product, you'll find step-by-step directions on setting up accounts for both you and the students. I've included printable directions for students on how to make the videos, and a teacher plan. Also, there is a printable classmate bingo handout for watching the videos.
Animoto is a web application that creates video slideshows. It has an intuitive interface and my seventh grade students find it easy to use after a quick overview. All the video slideshows are based on a template, and each template has attached music. Animoto is a paid application for most users, but they offer a free education version for teachers and students.