July’s 21st Century Tool of the Month is PowToon. This is an awesome tool that really speaks for itself when you see it in action! It is a cool animation tool that gives a very polished look without too much effort. PowToon EDU is great for upper elementary students through high school students and adults. (I had 3rd graders choose to use it this year, but not all of them were ready for it.) If you are a GAFE (Google Apps for Education) school, and your students have gmail accounts, PowToon EDU is an add-on in google drive. This makes it easy for students to create an account. Unfortunately, the free version only allows users to publish to YouTube, so if that is not an option for your school, it makes it difficult for students to share their creations.
Here are some ideas for how to use PowToon:
Introduce a lesson: the enduring understanding.
Advertise a workshop.
Create a cover letter for your resume. If your students participate in Ameritown, for example, they could create a PowToon resume to apply for their jobs.
Click here to see how this 5th grader used PowToon for her spelling homework. (She does have a misspelling–oops!)
Click here to see an app smash: PowToon + Puppet Pals 2
How have you used PowToon? Let’s collaborate! Add your ideas and examples to this padlet.