Xtranromal.com is a web 2.0 tool that allows you to create your own animated videos. The most interesting thing is that you do not need to record your voice. All you have to do is type out the script and an automated voice takes care of the rest. You can add different gestures, looks, and settings to help customize your video. I like that it is something different then the typical videos that I create on iMovie. It is a great way to show my creativity in a relaxed animated environment.
I plan on using xtranormal.com to create videos that I can use in the classroom. It can be a lot quicker then filming scenes because you can copy and paste text that you have already written and it will automatically speak it. There will be no need for retakes and making sure that you say everything correctly at the time you film.
I plan on having students create their own promotional videos for choir. This site will help them create great looking professional videos. They will not have to worry about having video equipment and they can creatively express what they want to say with nothing more then an internet connection and a computer.
I found that the site was fairly user friendly and once you get the hang of how to add extra features like looks and camera angles then the rest came very quickly. Just like any new program you will have to spend a little time playing around with all the many features but once you do, you will be able to move faster through projects and they will start looking professional in no time!