Recently I was asked to compile my learning from a semester's worth of instruction into a presentation. I began by writing a 8ish page document about what I had learned. Then, I took the document and paired it with a series of pictures that matched my thoughts. They changed about every few seconds to create a visual representation of my words. I felt good about what I had to say about my learning and the images I had found to pair with it.
My next step was to record it, so I used Screencastify and began to record. Screencastify is a Google extension that allows you to record your screen, highlight specific parts of the screen, write with a marker tool as you go, and embed a webcam. It's a great tool for making instructional videos. One of the limitations of Screencastify (the free version) is that it only allows you to record 10 minutes at a time. So, I started recording. At 10 minutes, I hadn't finished reading what I wrote, the video cut off, and I was exhausted listening to myself. I didn't want to finish reading it or force anyone to listen to it. I felt like this:
With a deadline looming, I knew I had to make a change. The product I had attempted to create wasn't engaging and wasn't cohesive. I had droned on for 10 minutes and could care less what I had to say.
I started looking for tools, to create a more engaging product. I landed on PowToon. Below is the video I created.
I was pretty pleased with the product I created. Using PowToon, I was able to create a professional-looking, succinct presentation that was more engaging. It was a bit of a struggle to learn the platform; some things that are easy in Slides and other platforms, aren't as easy in PowToon.
Below are some of the things I found to be pros and cons of PowToons.
Give it a try, let your students give it a try. Be creators of content, not just a consumer. I am sure you will have your own pros and cons as well.
Instructional specialist/coach, Google Certified Trainer, Level 1 and 2 Google Certified educator, Ed Tech Team Teacher Leader Certified, growing and learning