Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tech Tip Tuesday: Powtoon

I have to tell you, Tuesday is becoming one of my favorite days because I so enjoy sharing these tech tips with y'all! I hope you're finding them useful, and I'd love to hear about how you're integrating them!

This week's tech tip is a fun, web-based tool called Powtoon! This fun tool is free, and allows you and your students to make fun, animated short videos. It includes a variety of free, pre-made templates- including several for education- that can be edited to plug in new information. The premade templates are easy to use, and all animations are already included! Users can also create their own from scratch.

Users also have the option to include voice-over that they record themselves or music in their videos, as well as add their own images. The finished videos can be shared via social media or embedded into a classroom blog- they can even be uploaded to your class YouTube channel! This makes it easy to share work with parents and administrators!

Check out this cool PowToon I made just for you!

This tool can be used in a variety of ways:
  • Explain a process
  • Describe a topic
  • Share knowledge about a topic of study
  • Create mini-lessons students can access at home
  • Book Reports
  • Presentations
Why this tool is great for ELLs:
Powtoon allows students to use writing and speaking to create their video. This allows for students to choose the most effective ways to communicate their message throughout the video. They can also use images and animations to emphasize and clarify important ideas in their video. Additionally, this is a great alternative to a traditional "class presentation" because students can have time to practice, record, and re-record until they're satisfied with the final product- putting them more at ease.

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