Today I am so happy to be finally linking up with Holly for her Tried it Tuesday linky....
I was beginning to think I was never going to try something new again!!
As you know I spent the last month taking an Additional Qualification course in Math. It was a long month spent online and reading a lot about math. I did learn a lot in this course but I also learned that I do not enjoy taking a course during the summer!! It makes it too hard to unwind and recharge!
One really fun thing that I did learn about in this course is an awesome website that I am going to be trying this year. It is called Powtoon.
This website allows you to make quick little animated videos. One of the other teachers in my course used it to create an introduction for a math problem for her students. She used the Mission Impossible template.
Here is a sample I created and published to YouTube...
The website has a fantastic tutorial that shows you how to edit and add features. There is a free basic membership - that is what I am using and I think there enough templates to choose from. I think the report and mission impossible ones will be my go to toons : ) Like any new technology it takes a little while to navigate the menus but once you know what you are doing it will be quick and easy to make a fun, engaging lesson prompt or intro for any lesson. This one took about 10 minutes (while my daughter put on a Ken vs Ben Male Barbie Model Contest Show for Me). I published to Youtube but you can just show the video from the site too.
Right now I am thinking of how I will be using this tool. Love it for lesson intros. I think it would be fun to have a Powtoon for when supply teachers are in your classroom, or for a morning message or to go through routines. I think I will play around and get a few ready : )
It would also be a great tool for students to use - I am not sure how you work parent permission for apps but I am thinking you could have students use one class account so that they do not need to share information.
I am also trying a linky!! I have always been very nervous to try a linky party (what if no one shows up!!).It will be the last Wednesday of the month (tomorrow!!) and I would love if you would stop by my blog and link up if you are a blogger for....
So stop back in tomorrow to see what I have been buying and show what you have been buying too : ) (Go ahead and grab the button so you can get ready!!)
Lastly it is Tuesday so that means it is also time to link up with The Teaching Tribune for...
The first product that I have on sale is my newest product - Student Success Bulletin Boards and Student Organization.
and the second item is my Multiplication Practice and Strategy Posters - 2 digit by 1 digit - pack.