Cat filmstrip from Pixabay. https://pixabay.com/en/cat-video-photo-photographer-254572/ CCO
I had so much fun playing around with the video tools in the sandbox this week. I played around with sharalike, powtoons, realtimes, and animoto. Some seemed to be more suited for classroom use than others.
I liked Animoto, but I felt that the backgrounds were a bit busy for what I was looking for. When presenting to a classroom, I felt that the Animoto backgrounds would be too distracting. I feel it would be more suited for personal use.
Powtoons reminded me of Voki a bit. I thinks students would have fun with this one. The animated characters and props that are available are fun. I could see students using this to do book talks. Middle school students would be able to use this tool easily; I think it may be a bit difficult for younger kids to use, but they would enjoy watching the teacher created videos.
I had a hard time picking between Sharalike and Realtimes as a favorite. I loved how easy it was to add photos on both and I liked the music choices on both. I thought the choices on Realtimes was just a bit better. You can download your own music on many 0f these though if you don’t find something you like.
In the end, I was most impressed with Realtimes. I felt that it was very easy to use. I enjoyed the music selection and thought the transitions were good. I could see this being effective in a classroom. I think it would be a good way to show classroom projects or a field trip. It would be fun to make a slideshow at the end of the year showing pictures from throughout the school year.I loved the pared down look of Realtimes. It was an app that I downloaded onto my phone. I had a bit of trouble getting a link to my Google Drive. I think it ended up functional. I have used Google Drive a lot at school, but I guess I’d never had to try to share a link like this. It may have something to do with it being a phone app. I liked how I was able to add captions and titles to the slideshow. This would be a great tool to use when introducing a project that students need instructions on.