PowToons looks like an interesting alternative to creating a digital story without dealing with the voiceover.
Using PowToons is like using PowerPoint but major kick. You can combine audio, pictures or incorporate characters to help tell your story. Using time to help words, pictures and voice come in and out - its like creating flash without the all the hard coding! Try it, you can sign up for a free account. I do advise, that you give yourself time to play and not get frustrated. They have tutorials that will help with getting started. If you sign up for and try it, share your experience with Powtoons!
This is VERY motivating; I want to try to use PowToon for my digital story. I love how dynamic and personalized you can make it. I want to make a story to go along with our unit on China, so I am going to start to play around with it to be sure it will have visual options that will match my goals, if not, I can tell already that I could make an introduction to our Fairy Tale writing unit, however I'd rather use it for the China topic sooner. Perhaps BOTH. I also think that it could be something that I at least introduce to my students as a tool later in the year for a project option, to add to their current choices of poster making, skits, Google Slides, etc. I know that some of my kiddos would excell with this if given time. Thanks for sharing this!
PowToon is an engaging digital storytelling tool. Between the different graphics, audio and visual elements I feel that my students would be very engaged with the information that was being presented to them. I have tried PowToons out in the past and have become frustrated as a user so I would like to give it a bit more of a chance this time to make it a powerful digital storytelling tool in my classroom. One other thing that I would be cautious of when using PowToon is the amount of written language across the slides and the rate that it appears. I teach in a first grade inclusion classroom and would need to be mindful of all of the learners in the classroom when I create any teaching tool.
I have to agree with you Jill. I think that this is true to any tool we incorporate into the classroom. Speed and dynamics can be great and eye catching for an adult, but may not have the same affect on a child who is in the developmental stage. Thank you!
I believe that PowToon will be a powerful tool in digital storytelling. I believe that just how with adults the process can be frustrating to create, it will also be frustrating for students at first if not given the necessary time to play with the tool and learn how to use it if they don't already know how to. The question then becomes the idea of access and if students are able to play around with different technology tools to create or do you create time in the classroom/Curriculum. This tool is also great for English learners and connecting pictures with key vocab they lern in storytelling thus helping with literacy.
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