Media Tool Presentation – PowToon
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Blog (with discussion questions):
Powtoon- A Pedagogical Critique
By Rolly De Juan & Ryan MacGregor
Powtoon is an online multimedia editor similar to Powerpoint. Its strength lies in the ease of collaboration, as it moves between most social media platforms such as Youtube, Instagram, Vimeo, and Facebook. The product is highly engaging, and easily created with a large library of images and avatars that animate quickly and fluidly. It contains an edit toggle that can keep things simple for new users, or unlock full manipulability for the experienced learner. Powtoon is examined using four lenses; Ease of Use, Pedagogy, Accessibility, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
Ease of Use
|Powtoon Ease Of Use|
|The Pros||The Cons|
Pedagogy and Powtoon
- Constructivist; learners make sense of their knowledge, creating their output with autonomy. Creates a very large and flexible growth field for knowledge extensions, as users find their own limits.
- Skills learned with the software become transferable to similar software.
- Can be shared across multiple media platforms for collaborative projects, and to engage community.
Follows the ‘POUR” acronym.
- Perceivable – provides the “wow” factor that enables the web-based message to be clear and memorable (Graham and Spitalnik, 2015) by taking information to make it work for them through sight, sound, and touch.
- Operable – relatively easy to navigate through the content. Fonts, text size, speed of presentation, and color schemes can all be adjusted and adapted.
- Understandable – website support, webinars, and tutorials are available. Captions can be enabled.
- Robust – easily navigable and adjustable for use on devices including laptops, cell phones, tablets, and multiple web browsers.
- Represents minorities and differing abilities in image library
- Full version is cost prohibitive.
In project- based learning, five key elements can be evaluated including:
- Inquiry – allows students to review the features and benefits of the tool. PowToon has user support from the website and blogs.
- Research – allows students a blank slate to display research about their respective subject matter, and compile the information to generate a cohesive presentation.
- Collaboration – students can collaborate with others on group presentations. Animated characters can represent unique parts.
- Presentation – the presentation itself will require time to perform edits with frames, timing, sound, and images to make a comprehensive presentation.
- Reflection is difficult, and generally must come from external sources. In the case of Powtoon, there are discussion forums, and instructor feedback to continue the conversation.
Some food for thought as an extension to this critique:
How would you assure and assess a quality product from learners using Powtoon?
How can you use PowToon in your educational context and what type of presentations can you create for your learners?
What do you feel is the best approach to supporting students learning of the software- exploratory (where they trial-and-error their way through) or explanatory (where you assist them over the learning curve), and why?
Additionally, all questions and comments are welcomed. If you have had experience with Powtoon, please feel free to share it.