Teaching Tip Tuesday: Powtoon!

Powtoon is giving away 50,000 free classroom accounts to teachers!  It is an online tool for creating animated videos.  Although I didn’t know much about Powtoon, I thought it sounded fun and decided to try it out.

I clicked on the link here:  http://www.powtoon.com/lp/toonup/

After I registered and entered the promo code, I started playing around.  I created a video to advertise my coaching services in my new school.  Overall, I found this website fairly easy to use, and I think teachers could find some creative ways to incorporate this tool into their instruction.

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Here’s my video! (You can click on either link below.)


This was my first attempt with this online tool, and I look forward to exploring it even further!


Teaching Tip Tuesday: Diffen


Here is a website that you might be able to use with your students as they compare and contrast, finding similarities and differences.


DIFFEN – A simple comparison tool. It’s a wiki, inspired by Wikipedia, that gives users basic and quick information. Enter your two topics: __ vs. ___ and see the results. Select to view all attributes, differences, or similarities.

If we search Obama vs Romney, the website displays over 20 topics and categories with information about each to show how they compare. Here is an example of what some of the comparison information looks like:

How do you think you could use this tool in your classroom?  Let me know what ideas you have, and let me know how it goes if you use it.

Lastly, don’t forget about our Tier 2 Word of the Week!