Guest Post: Week 3 Challenge for Digital Learning Ambassadors – Creating Powtoon Video Animations
In our third week as Digital Learning Ambassadors, we have been progressing our LinkedIn project at the same time as trialling a new digital tool. We were tasked with using Powtoon to create an animation video clip, to see how easy and useful using Powtoon would be in the classroom to demonstrate our learning.
We found powtoon to be very easy and fun to use and recommend it for students and instructors to use!
We all created powtoon clips as part of the PROCAT Digital Learning Ambassadors scholarship to encourage more students to use LinkedIn more effectively. We each had an area of LinkedIn to focus on.
PowToon is a free tool that allows you to develop cool animated clips and animated presentations for any subject, where it would be useful to have an animated explainer video. PowToon’s animation templates help you create animated presentations and animated explainer videos from scratch. Anyone can produce awesome animations quickly with PowToon, without the cost or hassle other professional animation services require.
We recommend using the templates. Click the tab that says “Customize a Ready-made powtoon” http://www.powtoon.com/dashboard/templates/ because Powtoon have done lots of the work and you just need to edit. You can still add images and change things and make the animations your own.
You can add voiceover to PowToon, use cartoon characters or just use animated text. Animations can be as simple or as complex as you like. Our big tip is to HAVE FUN!
We were up and running in using PowToon very quickly, by simply watching and following this video tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRqO5MasiFk. Katharine Jewitt, the Digital Learning Fellow, did not train us, we weren’t given any guidance, other than to watch the clip. This proved that PowToon is very easy to use, as none of us had any difficulties.
We have created our PowToon animations on the subject of using LinkedIn, but they can be used for any subject.
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