A co-worker (@kduffek) asked me if I knew of any presentation tools that were different than just the standards, that could make words flash across a screen, other than just what I did for my "Why I Teach" video in iMovie.
My first answer was Prezi, but I would look into it a bit. Before the end of the day, she had contacted me again, but asked if I had ever used (or heard of) PowToon, and I had not.
Boy, was I missing out.
PowToon is an animated presentation tool that gives the feel of those fancy infographic videos (such as "The Internet Statistics" that I'm not going to link to).
|The user interface. Simple and easy to navigate.|
It's easy to use!
I'm saying that as someone who uses a lot of different software for a variety of things, but this is pretty much just click-and-go; type text; slide a few timing markers and you're done.
I created this video in about 30 minutes from scratch - importing my own photo, and trying different styles, lengths of text/slides, and visuals (while trying to maintain some consistency and continuity). The reason it took me a bit longer than it should have is because I'm a tinkerer, and wanted to keep moving things here and there.
It was literally within five minutes (no tutorial) that I was able to figure out my groove.
The part I didn't like was a little bit of a lag in the preview mode (I showed to students before I tried uploading to YouTube). I also didn't have a lot of time to get into what else could be purchased: as it is a free site to use, but there are some limitations on graphics and such unless you purchase the packages.
Had I had a little more time, I'm sure I could easily create more. And even better - I think students were intrigued and engaged by the new format of information. A couple of students asked how I did it. My honest guess is they wanted to try, so I plan on letting them.
4 out of 5 peanut butter jars (it's all arbitrary anyway, right?)
If you have tried it, let me know what you thought about it, or link to your projects, in the comments section as well!