Powtoon is an online tool that enables users to create videos free of charge. Powtoon was founded in 2012 and has currently over 10 million users worldwide. The software was designed to enable users with little or no experience to create engaging, animated and professional looking videos in as little as 20 minutes.
To use Powtoon, you have to register with your first name and email address or simply with your Google, Facebook or Linkedin account. Once you have created your account, you can start creating your videos. For inexperienced users, there are tutorial videos available via the “Get Help” button on your personalized start page.
Powtoon offers a gallery with a variety of ready-made templates that can also be edited. However, users can also create a video from scratch. It is also possible to record a voice-over for each video.
Powtoon videos can be used in many different ways in a language class. Depending on the content and structure of the video, it can be used to improve all language skills from reading and listening comprehension, grammar and vocabulary extension to writing and speaking skills. Teachers can show the videos in class or upload them to YouTube or learning platforms such as Moodle for self-study or homework.
Apart from watching the videos, learners can also use Powtoon to create their own videos as a course project. Thus, they demonstrate their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary and focus on their writing and speaking skills. However, teachers need to keep in mind that most learners will need guidance and assistance prior to and during the process of creating their videos.
Pros and cons:
+ Learning videos allow learners to adjust the learning pace to their own needs.
+ Through the videos learners practice language skills in a new and creative way.
+ Learners can create their own videos as an alternative to traditional written exercises.
+ countless possibilities how to implement the videos in class
+ tutorials explain how to use Powtoon – The tool requires time and effort before being able to use the videos in class.
– Teachers with little or no ICT skills may not feel comfortable using the tool
– Learners with little or no ICT skills will need help using Powtoon to create their own videos.
– Creating videos as course project requires a lot of time and may not be a suitable option for some types of courses.
Powtoon is a great tool for teachers and learners alike – provided that they are willing and motivated to experiment with the tool. Being able to show their own videos in class requires time and effort on the teacher’s part as they have to create the videos first. This may not be feasible in every context.
Learning videos are a good way of presenting a subject in a new and creative light. In addition, they allow learners to self-pace their learning process as the videos can be watched repeatedly. Creating their own videos to a subject can also be a fun alternative to traditional exercises that will boost learner motivation. However, creating videos as course project requires a lot of time and may not be a suitable option for some types of courses.
|Complexity of the development / implementation of the content||The software was designed to enable users with little or no experience to create engaging, animated and professional looking videos in as little as 20 minutes.
The interface is well structured and there is a gallery with templates to use for the videos. The website takes the user step by step through the process of creating the video.
Even though well structured, users with little or no ICT skills may not feel comfortable using the tool and may need help creating a video.
|Comfort of use||Medium|
|Skills and knowledge required||Medium – Advanced|
|Hardware requirements||Computer, tablet, Smartphone, headphones or speakers, microphone|
|Software requirements||No specific software requirements|
|Expected technological tendency/trend||High|
|Mobile friendly||Partly||Registration required||Yes|