Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Powtoon – Easy to Use Video Creation Software


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Use Powtoon to allow students to create fabulous video presentations.

Today I discovered the coolest new website called Powtoon.  With Powtoon, you can easily create videos using text, sound, voice over, images, and animations.  It is free for the first 30 uploads to YouTube, and extremely easy to use.  Here is the quick 43 second video I created in just about an hour:


The formatting and editing process is extremely simple to manipulate, especially in comparison to iMovie or other programs that can be quite complex.  I can think of so many uses for this program, but here are just a few:

For Teachers:

1.) Create tutorial videos for your students.

2.)  Create project expectation videos for students and parents.

3.)  Create a quick presentation for Open House or Parents Night that can be sent to parents who aren’t able to attend.

4.)  Create a virtual look into your classroom to give parents an idea of expectations.

5.)  Create a promotional video about yourself to include in your portfolio – or to send with follow-up e-mails to prospective principles when looking for a job.


For Students:

1.)  Present information you have learned about a subject – ANY subject!

2.)  A new way to do a book report – great for Online Book Reports.

3.)  Create a Question and Answer video for new students to your school or class.

4.)  Create a tutorial video for other students in your class.  You might want to use this tutorial video planning sheet.

5.)  Outline what you have learned during the course of a unit or a year and include it in your Online Portfolio.


How could you use Powtoon in your classroom?

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources