Today was my last day with my kiddio's, tomorrow we still have school but are doing 'special' end of the year celebrations, I won't even get into the idiocy of all that this post, so we will be with a grade level and not our specific classes.
It was bittersweet: I am so beyond ready for a break but this semester was my best/favorite group of students yet. In nearly all of my classes we rarely had behavioral issues, they all seemed mildly interested most days and most everyone got along. Considering where I started four semesters ago this is a MAJOR improvement.
So I officially say I WON THIS SEMESTER.
A few weeks ago a student interested me to something called PowToon.
PowToon is an online software that allows you to make presentations that look movie-ish, for free. Basically powerpoint on steroids. And I was hooked.
We were just starting the final project in my Career Tech class so I showed them PowToon but gave them the option to use whatever software they wanted to. I suspected that the majority of the class would use powerpoint because it is a very BIG crutch for my kiddios...I once caught a guy taking notes in powerpoint because he didn't know where else to go.
We were on a pretty tight time crunch with exactly two weeks (8 days to complete the research and presentation) so I had no intention of spending any class time teaching my students to use PowToon.
Surprisingly enough 90% of my students chose PowToon and basically taught themselves how to create a presentation outside of powerpoint. These are the same kiddios that 16 weeks prior had difficulty attaching files to emails or saving pictures on their drives. I was completely over the moon at some of the presentations.
- Looks very similar to powerpoint.
- Animation is much easier to make work than powerpoint.
- Recording your own voice into the presentation also incredible easy.
- Free to use.
- Can be accessed on any computer that has the internet.
- You need an email address to log in.
- You also have to set up a password, that password needs to be remembered.
- You must save constantly, if the internet goes down and you only save when I tell you to log out you are screwed.
- All of the animations can be overwhelming for kids...they pull their attention away from content.
- The concept that text boxes fly in and then disappear was difficult for some of my kiddo's to grasp.
And that is enough talking out of me, here are a few examples of the awesomeness that is PowToon.