Two Fun Tools To Enhance Your Courses and Engage Your Students

9 10 2013

Announcing TWO exciting tools for our faculty* to use. Pixton and PowToon. Each of these tools can liven up your content and help make your class more interesting to your students. Here’s a little info on each product:

pixtonTitle III purchased a license for Pixton, a cartoon tool for you to create innovative content. Use comic characters to explain a concept, or create scenarios or situations using comics. You can create storyboards that fit your needs quickly and easily. You can even upload audio to your comics. Here’s a short video clip explaining how Pixton works. In the video it mentions giving Pixton to your students. Our license is ONLY for our faculty’s use. There is a free Pixton that your students can use to create cartoons.

powtoonPowToon is a little different from Pixton. Powtoon is an “intuitive presentation software that allows someone with no technical or design skills to create engaging professional ‘look and feel’ animated presentations.” This is available NOW for a short time only on a 1 year trial basis for teachers. We’d love to see some faculty try this tool out and let us know if they’d like us to find the funding to continue the license when the year is up. This tool lets you create animated clips, short information pieces that can easily upload to YouTube. Here’s an example of PowToon in use.

Each product has great examples to view and tutorials to help you get started. If you are interested in one or both of these products please contact Nicole. (PowToon’s free offer is only available for a limited time!)

*UAS faculty teaching a Sitka course, or faculty participating in Title III projects (like Peer Review or iTeach).




One response

9 10 2013

An endorsement for Pixton– I’ve used it in my course, creating images for scenarios. I’m NOT an artist– this allowed me to easily create characters and fun action shots for my characters. It was fun to create and effective learning. I recommend giving it a try.

Looking forward to trying PowToon– Thanks Nicole for sharing that new resource!

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