PowToon: Animated Videos

As we all know, videos can be quite effective when it comes to instructing, sharing, and promoting. Primary students as well as our colleagues delight over a well-produced video on an interesting topic. Now, teacher-librarians can create their own engaging videos using PowToon. PowToon is Web-based animation software that allows users to create animated presentations by manipulating pre-created objects, imported images, provided music and user created voice-overs. [1] With PowToon, you can publish your videos to YouTube and easily share on social media.  

PowToon is a great way to communicate with colleagues and enhance your professional development workshops. I used PowToon once to create a slideshow that encourages teachers to develop “partnerships” with their students. Instead of teaching to the test and focusing on rote memorization of facts, I used PowToon to outline the benefits of partnering with students. When partnering, students start with the guiding questions and then learn the answers and skills for themselves with the help of their peers and teacher. Partnering is an inspiring, rejuvenating experience that takes instruction to a new realm.

To excite students about the upcoming school year, I created a PowToon that highlights fun events and activities to be expected from the library. Students listened and watched “Cartoon Mr. Northern” to learn about Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT! Program, Scholastic Book Fairs, One School, One Book Program, and more. Students were thrilled to discover the year’s exciting happenings, especially when it came from a cartoon character that looked and sounded like their very own librarian.  

I encourage you to try PowToon for yourself. You will be amazed at how quickly your videos “spread the word”.

1. Mersand, Shannon (May 2014). "Product Review: PowToon"Tech and Learning. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
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