I throughly enjoyed today’s class. New technology always excites me. Carl and I demonstrated the Powtoon application, and the little we were able to dig into was excellent.
In a classroom setting I can see this being highly popular. As a teacher I think this would be super fun to use, mix things up and keep most engaged with the material. As a student the utter ease of use would be easy to explain to anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of Power Point or similar presentation software.
We are an increasing visual society, which is why apps like Snapchat and Instagram are so widely popular. In 1960 three billion photos were taken a year. In 2015 over one trillion photos were taken. Every two minutes we are taking more photos than the whole of humanity in the 1800’s.
While Powtoon might not be suitable for every subject – given it’s seemingly light-hearted nature, it could still be be used, in those cases, as an introductory piece at the beginning of a course or class.
We’ve all had the experience of attending a class so dry that you could almost see the air being sucked from the room. I don’t remember much about those. The material I almost always retain are those classes where I was immediately pulled in to the good time that the instructor seemed to be having up in the front of the room.
“Let me entertain you
Let me make you smile
Let me do a few tricks
Some old and then some new tricks
I’m very versatile”