Animoto video into a QR code for a state report introduction

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Lesson Plan Details
45 minutes
Students will learn how to use Animoto to introduce readers to their state report.
Animoto (I created a general account for all students to use)

Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to have a writing project (such as a state report) that students are knowledgable about. This project is to be used as a culminating lesson/project. They will be be creating a 30 second introduction video to their writing. The video will be embedded in a QR code. 


Students have been working on a state report project since January in my 5th grade classroom. We have 1:1 MacAirs, and I wanted to do something on the machines a little more creative than the 5-paragraph essays they had been doing in their Google Drives.


I saw that Animoto videos less than 30 seconds are free, so I created an account all students can access and share. I made a sample Animoto video and showed it to the class as an introduction.

I modeled how to log in and went over the rules about being in a shared account. I typed up directions for the students and they followed along as I went over them, modeling by creating a mock video. 


Below are the directions:


1. Choose a background

2. Choose a song

3. Your video cannot be more than 30 seconds. You need to have the following:

  • Text: State  By: ___________
  • Text: Read my report to find out about…
  • Images of state symbols in state. Caption: State Symbols
  • Image of person (with caption of person’s name)
  • Image of topic 2 (with a caption)
  • Image of topic 3 (with a caption)
  • Text: Enjoy!

4. When done, name it with your name and state and then preview. Watch it, and fix it if you notice a mistake.


Then when finished, hit save and done.

5. Watch it again! Then, COPY (Command + C) the URL up top

6. In Google, search    Click on link.

paste URL into box, click “shorten URL”

7. Click Details, and your QR code appears! Drag QR code onto your desktop, then in Google Doc (Shared with me): State Report QR codes

**Helpful HINT:

If you QR code will not go into the Google Doc, open your image, then take a screen shot of the QR code (Press Shift + Command + 4) and take a picture of the QR code. Drag the screen shot image into the Google Doc.


When I finished modeling, students got to work. They all had pictures of their state symbols and the 3 topics they wrote about in their report in a file on their desktop. As one finished, they went around and helped others. It was amazing. As more and more finished up, they enjoyed watching each other’s Animoto videos on their machines. All in all, this project took a total of about 45 minutes.

I printed the Google Doc of the QR codes, cut them out and the students put their QR code on the cover of their state report. 








To assess the QR code project, I told the students they could not publish until I previewed the video. I checked whether they had all the information required I listed on the directions. I checked each one on a rubric:


Animoto State Report Introduction RUBRIC


___       About 30 seconds

___       Introduction of state/student name

___       State symbols/picture(s)

___       Person from your state/ picture

___       Topic 2/picture

___       Topic 3/ picture

___       Good use of music selection/theme



       4= All components AND extra effort





I graded the QR codes separately with a QR reader. If the students had a 2, or if the QR code did not work, I had students fix the problem(s) and resubmit their QR Code into the Google Doc.

I would definitely do this project again. I found it to be very successful. Students think that QR codes are amazing in themselves!







Oregon Educational Technology Standards
Creativity and Innovation: 
1A. Apply existing knowledge to forecast possibilities and generate new ideas, products or processes.
1B. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
Communication and Collaboration: 
2A. Interact and collaborate with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
2B. Effectively communicate and publish to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
Technology Operations and Concepts: 
6B. Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.