Unless you live under a metaphorical rock, you have probably noticed that new tech tools have been created that are way more exciting than PowerPoint. Yes, creating presentations using PowerPoint is easy, convenient, and simple but it’s no secret that they tend to be fairly boring. No offence, PowerPoint people.
This is where PowToon comes in. PowToon is essentially a digital presentation tool that incorporates animations to interest and engage viewers. Animations can include pre-created objects on the website, imported images, voice and music tools, and more. It is fairly easy to use and even if you do find yourself struggling, there are pre-made presentations that can easily be edited to suit your presentation topic.
The free option would most likely be sufficient for classroom or teacher use, but there is the option to upgrade for more features. PowToon would be a great tool for both teacher use and student use. Teachers can provide detailed presentations to students, whether for a flipped classroom concept (explaining curricular content and giving lessons) or to engage students at the beginning of a topic or lesson. The presentation tool can be integrated into various areas of the SK curriculum as it is not restricted to any topic or subject area. On the flip side, students can create their own PowToons to demonstrate their learning, share their knowledge with classmates and peers, and act as a potential product for assessment. Students creating their own presentations and sharing with others is a form of digital communication, an element of digital citizenship. By allowing students to customize their own presentations, they are better able to express their own personality and creativity. PowToon does not require any sort of software download, which makes it beneficial for schools with limited technology use and/or restrictions of usage. Of course, one of the main drawbacks of using technology to demonstrate learning or as a teaching tool is the potential lack of resources.