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LDT Online: PowToon

LDT Online: PowToon

Christopher Christopher Hernandez earned this badge on Mar 22, 2019

PowToon is a tool that allows people with no design or animation experience to create engaging animated presentations and explainer videos. These videos can then be shared to any number of social media websites (e.g., Facebook and Twitter) or exported to YouTube (depending on the plan purchased). 

Challenges

  • PowToon as a tool

    Reflect on the various ways that PowToon could be used in the educational, training, or personal learning environments. From your selected perspective, describe two different examples where PowToon could be integrated and used. In both cases, explain why PowToon could positively impact learning.

    Use the open text area to submit your reflective response. As a suggestion, you may want to first compose your response in a word processed document, check for all editing that needs to be completed, save your response so that you can access it later, if needed, and then copy and paste your response in the open text area for this challenge.

    Powtoon is a cartoon video creation tool that allows users to easily create mini animated clips for use in business, education, training and more.

    Animated presentation tools are useful in a variety of different areas. Powtoon allows users the ability to create short animated videos on any subject. Upon first look, Powtoon looks like an extremely useful marketing tool for businesses. It, however, can be used in educational and training environments as well.

    Teachers now have the ability to create funny, engaging and short animations for their students. One subject that would benefit from the use of Powtoon is science. Teachers can create animated shorts that visually explain atoms and the other compounds that make up our environment. History teachers can also find this application useful as they can visually provide their students with a multitude of observable content. Teachers can create animations for human migrations and can also create a short about the declaration of independence. The limits are endless.

    Regarding professional training, using animations to explain key training concepts helps to keep learners engaged both visually and auditorily. Instructional designers have the ability to show, rather than explain, how procedures and work-related interactions should be conducted.

  • Using PowToon

         Step-by-step instructions for completing this challenge 

    1. Review these PowToon tutorials
    2. Go to the PowToon (www.powtoon.com) website to get started
    3. Complete each of the following:
      • Sign up for a PowToon account
      • Select ‘Start from Scratch’

    NOTE:  I would encourage you to select and watch some PowToon examples under  ‘Customize a Ready Made PowToon’ for inspiration and ideas.

    • Create a PowToon video with a minimum of 5-7 slides. It should be between 1 and 3 minutes in length.  Here is a short PowToon explaining the 5 easy steps to creating a PowToon.
    • Your PowToon video must explain how to do something or explain how something is done. For example:
      • Explain how to use the rule of thirds in photography
      • Explain how the moon rotates around the earth
      • Explain the process of photosynthesis
      • Explain how to divide by two-digit numbers
      • Explain why investors should buy into your company
      • Explain how to safely exit a building during a fire alarm
    • Your video must contain (at the minimum):
      • 2 Characters
      • 2 Animations
      • 2 Props
      • Voice Narration for 5 seconds
      • 3 Text boxes with differing text effects
      • A picture of you as an Image Holder
      • Music
    • Save and Export your PowToon. Insert your Movie Details as prompted. Select ‘Upload to YouTube’ and add your YouTube Account information. Export your PowToon to YouTube.
    • In the ‘Link’ area below, post the URL to the YouTube page containing your PowToon.

    Criteria for successful completion of this challenge

    1. Deliverable has been uploaded in the appropriate format, with all the required items described (see below), and are fully accessible by the grader.
    2. PowToon (viewed on YouTube) demonstrates professionalism in the following ways:
      • PowToon is engaging and clearly communicates concepts
      • The narration is clear and coherent
      • All graphics, narration, and music is cohesive
      • The appearance of PowToon is neat and professional

    Deliverables for this challenge

    1 link to a YouTube video of your PowToon. Your Powtoon should explain how to do something or explain how something is done in 1-3 minutes. The following required items must be displayed/described in your video:

    • 2 Characters
    • 2 Animations
    • 2 Props
    • Voice Narration for 5 seconds
    • 3 Text boxes with differing text effects
    • A picture of you as an Image Holder
    • Music

    NOTE: If you don't know have a YouTube account, then click on the following link and follow the instructions.


    I have provided a link to my Powtoon video demo on YouTube