Using Animoto for Language Education

By Pelin İrgin and Yildiz Turgut.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Currently, there is a great application of technology-based learning in education, which is a rapidly growing phenomenon. In these days, students live in a mediarich environment and interact with a wide range of electronic devices both inside and outside their schools and houses. In technology enhanced language learning, there are various tools to improve the collaboration and communication. Animoto is one of the web-based tools in the entire world of Web 2.0, which is designed with a constructivist approach encouraging students to navigate, create, and construct their knowledge. It offers an interactive environment that allows students to design learning, to be creative by constructing their own learning experiences. As constructivist theory focuses on making connections and making meaning in the learning process, it enables students, teachers and all researchers to take advantages of the web-based developments. Students can each have their own accounts to make full-length videos while in class and at home, they can also download their videos. This makes both in-class and homework assignments easier to do even though an internet connection is not available. Language learners can create unlimited videos for themselves and also share them with their friends, which is the most significant feature of Animoto. They can post videos wherever they want or download them for in-class presentations. It is also a free program that mixes students’ images and music together to create music videos. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities for use in your classrooms to make education more effective.

Keywords: Animoto, Listening Comprehension, Peer-to-peer Sharing

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 9, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.460MB).

Pelin İrgin

Assistant and Master Student, English Language Teaching Department, Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey

Pelin Irgin (M.A. student, University of Mersin, Turkey) is a Research Assistant in the department of ELT at College of Education, University of Mersin, Turkey. Her research interests include integrating technology into language teaching and learning, and listening comprehension strategies of EFL students considering cultural differences of language learners.

Yildiz Turgut

Doctor, English Language Teaching Department, Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey

Yildiz Turgut (PhD.) is an instructor at the department of English Language Teaching, Mersin University, Turkey. She earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with ESOL/Literacy focus at University of Florida. She also received minors in Educational Psychology and Applied Linguistics and a specialization in Educational Technology. Her current research focuses on emerging technologies and English Language Teaching.

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