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

Günter Grass, 1927-2015

ThingLink: http://www.thinglink.com/scene/644927186335170560

Zaption: http://zapt.io/t85wrmg5






Similarly to Grass Umberto Eco urges flexing the muscle Brain versus using electronics only











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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2014


Media sharing

Digital Storytelling

Manage and organize

Social Networking and Communication

Content Resources

Curriculum Collaboration


BYOD toolchest: 51 teaching and learning tools for mobile devices

The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now)


Formative Assessment

Screencasting and Capturing What Happens in Class

Content-Sharing Platforms

  • Sophia: Nudged along by my friend Todd Nesloney, I use Sophia for my computer applications instruction and am very pleased with the results.
  • Haiku Learning: This is the full content management system that I’m trying to get our school to adopt. It’s multiplatform and robust, which makes it a great fit for our BYOD environment.

There are many other apps like MoodleCanvas, and Coursesites. The point is that you should have one in a BYOD environment.

Assessment Aids

All three of these apps — Quick KeyGrade Ninja, and WISE — are available on iTunes and Google Play, but there are more.

Electronic Note Taking


Students need multiple ways to share and express themselves, particularly verbally and with pictures. This is part of transliteracy.

Cloud Syncing

Graphic Design and Infographics

Color Selection



Written Expression

Link Sharing

More  (from the blog section)

If you’re working with multiple apps like Google Drive, Dropbox, One Drive, Evernote and need to search across them in one shot, take a look at Xendo (http://xen.do) – gives you a personal, private Google-like search across all your apps.

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