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This week's tool is PowToon, often quite well known amongst educators. PowToon is a perfect tool to liven up your lesson, pique your students' interest, and engage them!
If you're new to PowToon, it's easiest to compare it to a PowerPoint presentation turned into a video. You can create your own animation, using an already existing template or starting from scratch.
The free version of PowToon provides you with 100MB storage and videos with a maximum length of 5 minutes. This is not such a bad deal, considering you should avoid videos longer than 6 minutes; your students will lose interest soon.
PowToon looks very professional and is very easy to use. This means your students can make one, too! Perhaps as an extra assignment for the students who need an extra challenge, or the creative student who doesn't quite grasp a topic yet? Letting the students create something they like using the material you provide them with really build motivation.
- Internet connection
- Very easy to use
- Can be used by teachers and students
- Great visuals
- Useful templates
- Extra features/storage requires upgrade
Have you ever used PowToon? Please leave a comment!
Any other suggestions for ICT tools? Please let me know!
Irene van der Spoel (1996)