Powtoons Video – AK Studies Intro
I volunteered to review 3 different animation apps for making movies for my classroom: GoAnimate, Powtoon, and Toontastic. I also looked at several others: Fluxtime, Doink, XtraNormal, Scratch, and PowerPoint animations. My motivation was to explore tools I can use to create interesting content/instructional videos for my students, but also to have them use to create assessment products for class content.
GoAnimate’s name has changed to Vyond and has changed enough that YouTube tutorials are different. I was thinking about making a Gold Rush dramatization (ignore the title page), but I had trouble finding the right characters. While the product looks like it has a lot of potential, I was easily frustrated by trying to get my characters to move properly and I gave up.
The video you see above from Powtoons was fun and easy to make. The only change I would make would be to figure out how to add a few seconds to every slide. I put this video on the HomePage for my AK Studies class. There are templates that are already available and all you have to do is fill in the text you want. However, in the chapter 7 reading by Fahy, he recommends against just using text with images. So, this may not be the most effective way to make a video for instructional purposes. If students were the ones making the videos though, they might have so much fun that the content might stick.
Toontastic looks fairly easy, but I didn’t make it far into the process because it looked silly and juvenile. Scratch looks like it has some tremendous educational possibilities, but it looked really time-consuming (as did PowerPoint animations). XtraNormal just looked stupid. Doink looked like you had to own your own drawing skills
The best (and I mean easiest to use) animation tool I came across was the Powtoon app. It was also very easy to embed and share. It only took me about a half hour to create the video you see above. It took me that long to navigate through 3 screens and watch 2 videos about Scratch.