Looking for a simple tool to help you create engaging animated videos and presentations? Search no further! PowToon is a presentation tool that offers awesome comic-style graphics that are easy to create and manipulate in order to communicate content in a captivating way. With various styles to choose from (ranging from professional to cartoon), PowToon emphasizes the creation process as building a story or narrative and makes it super easy to navigate by setting up the user interface as a storyboard. Powtoon could be used by students and teachers (and administrators!) in an educational setting for a variety of purposes, such as …
- Creatively communicating their learning;
- Presenting research findings;
- Consolidating information in the form of an infographic;
- Pitching new initiatives;
- Getting their peers excited about an idea;
- Exploring digital story creation…
- Inspiring and engaging students;
- Eliciting curiosity (i.e. ‘Hooking’ students in);
- Introducing a new topic;
- Differentiating learning process or product;
- Bringing curriculum content to life;
- Reviewing big ideas;
- Celebrating achievements;
- Presenting new initiatives (e.g. in the classroom, at staff meetings)…
These are just a few ideas illustrating how PowToon could be used in the classroom, but the options really are endless!
Strategy in practice
For example, on the last day of my grade 8 practicum, I wanted to celebrate the achievements of my students and thank them for all their hard work (and patience!) during my time in their classroom. Since I wanted to avoid the risk of getting too emotional, I thought an animated video would be a short and sweet way of showing them my appreciation (you can view the finished product below).
*Make sure you watch the video with sound, the music is the best part!
The students loved the personalized messages and we shared a few laughs as we bopped along to the video’s music. It was quite meaningful for us (myself included!) to take a look back and review all the things we had accomplished during our six weeks together. As teachers, sometimes we get so wrapped up in moving on to the next lesson/topic/unit that we forget to recognize all the hard work our students are putting into their education on a daily basis. For something that took me a short time to create and 1 minute to show in class, videos like this one are a powerful reminder to our students that they are, indeed, AWESOME. I will definitely be adding this tool to my teaching toolbox! 🙂