Powtoon as PPT alternative

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what is Powtoon. http://www.powtoon.com/?edgetrackerid=1407528290497

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.[4] Powtoon uses an Adobe Flex engine to generate an XML file that can be played in the Powtoon online viewer, exported to YouTube or downloaded as an MP4 file.[2]

  1. Videomaker, Presentation tool, storytelling tool.
  2. templates versus starting from scratch
  3. having a plan (or a story, or a screenplay)
  4. narrate with voice over your video. can’t edit recording, but can re-record


Why Powtoon.

Powtoon, like
Prezi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as9po3WbOhI&list=PL09A34EF19596B7BB),
ThingLink (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRkdIdbqHig)
Haiku Deck (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5crVTsJk9QE)
is one of the many cloud-based applications, which effectively can substitute PowerPoint. Here is an entry from this same blog, which list a generous choice of similar applications:

Before you start working on PowToon, please consider the following guidelines for a good presentation design:



Here are some tutorials, which you might consider:

How to use PowToon

Powtoon Tutorial – Creating Your First Powtoon

Plamen Miltenoff, Ph.D., MLIS

presentation tools for teaching

21 Top Presentation Tools for Teachers


As repeated by me for years, PPT should not be the one and only. Here are some choices. Please consider that IMS delivers workshops, one-on-one sessions and class sessions on the applications listed below:

What Works on What Device

Tool Windows Mac iPad iPad App Chromebook Chromebook App Android
Android App
Animoto Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bunkr Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
Canva Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Clear Slide Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Creedoo Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
eMaze Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
Flowvella No Yes Yes No No No No No
Goanimate Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Google Slides Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Haiku Deck Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Impress Yes Yes No No No Yes No No
Keynote No Yes Yes Yes No No No No
KnowledgeVision Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
MoveNote Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PearDeck Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
PowerPoint Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes
PowerPoint Online Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes
PowToon Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Prezi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Slidedog Yes No No No No No No No
Visme Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No

More on this topic at the IMS blog:


Free Flipped Classroom Resources

10 Free Flipped Classroom Resources

Here are some free resources to get your flipped classroom organized.

Content Banks:

1. Crash Course

crash course

2. Eduvision by FlippedLearning Network

Resources to Create Your Own Lessons:

3. Screencast-o-matic

4. PowToon

Hosting Depositories:

5. Screencast

6. TeacherTube

Learning Management Systems (LMS):

7. Lore

8. Sakai

Flipped Schools and Districts to Research:

9. Lake Elmo Elementary in Stillwater, MN

10. Summit Public Schools



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Media sharing

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Content Resources

Curriculum Collaboration


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RivalIQ, Pocket, ShareRoot, PowToon, EveryoneSocial, vCita, OptinMonster, smqueue, Nimble, BuzzSumo, Harvest, Calendly, Friends+Me, BuzzFork, Newsle, Piktochart, 22Social, Jelly, NeedTagger, Pushover and IFTTT, Swayy, Circloscope, Songza, Talkwalker,

Hang w/,

Many apps have been used to stream live video to friends and followers, but Hang w/ takes it to the next level by integrating with iOS and Android, as well as delivering the live stream to Facebook’s news feed.

As a broadcaster, you can select 3-, 6- or 9-minute “hang” sessions, and enter a custom title for each live video stream.

Meddle, tchat.io, Canva, LeadPages