Animation Powtoon Example
- Creative and fun; engaging
- Great for less complex ideas, introductions to an idea, dos and don’ts, etc.
- Ideal for an audience that doesn’t want to read a lot of text
- Great way to communicate with a younger audience
- Can be time consuming to create
- Voices can sound monotone (boring) or rushed
- Awkward for note taking
- Can be harder to communicate complex ideas
Free animation tools and resources
Free Animation Tools and Resources:
Note these resources require an email account, and for those under 13 either parental permission and/or use of a school account.
1. PowToon for education Required: account (can use Google & Facebook) or student school account, teacher supervision, or parental permission.
- PowToon tutorial in 10:41 minutes - We highly recommended you watch a tutorial that shows you the template choices, and adding and deleting media or How to Create a Powtoon with Storyboard.
- A handy Google Doc tutorial Quick Reference Guide from the Center for Teaching and Learning with screenshots.
2. Moovly for education: Required: Free 30-day trial. Under 13 must have parental permission. Browser based with no download required. Moovly has an extensive animation library to choose from.
3. Zimmer Twins Requires a paid or school account.
The free version lets you drag characters, animations, objects and type text on the ABC frame to try it out, but you cannot download the animation created. The school account requires a paid account. There are story starters and scenes you can use and create your own spin, or make one from scratch by picking characters and developing a story with action.
1. First, you will need to create a login, or get an account from your teacher, for the animated website of your choice (or that your teacher recommends).
2. View the interactive learning tutorial(s) for the site.
3. Play and explore the website or the software until you are comfortable enough to begin creating your animation.
4. Design and map out your animation and write a script to communicate your
5. Plan out and gather any media elements needed for the program you are using and remember to follow the rules for copyright.
6. Create your animation and watch it. Does it communicate your message well?
7. Save your animation frequently as you work.
9. When done, download or copy the link provided to share with your teacher.
Additional animation resources
The following are additional animation resources, but have a short free trial.
Go!Animate requires an account be created with an email address (or school account). It only offers a free trial for 14 days. (13 years or older)
This is the program we have used to create many of the animations at the beginning of the Quests and Missions. It is a very easy program to use. In the basic account you have only a few characters you can choose between. You can have the computer speak the parts, or record your voice. You can create a Basic Free account (you will need an email address to create an account), and your video will be hosted on GoAnimate!, to download videos as we have done you have to purchase an upgrade to the account. (A school account for 30 students and one teacher can cost ~$100.) There are many tutorials on their site to help you get started.
Animoto requires an account be created with an email address (or school account). It only offers a free trial for 14 days. (13 years or older)
Muvizu (for advanced users) lets you create 3-D animated stories.
This is a much more complicated program, with much more control over the character, space, and movement. (PC ONLY). This program has to be downloaded (50MB or more for the full version) to your computer. There are customizable characters, objects and animation actions, and you can import your own audio, video, and 3D models. It has a one-click upload to YouTube. There are helpful video tutorials on the site.
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