GoAnimate is a web tool that allows users to make animated videos up to 30 seconds long for free. (For longer videos, users must have a subscription.) The tool is very user-friendly, with click and drag features to build your story line, and options for recording your voice. Several options are available for voice recording. Our students used the text-to-speech feature. They typed their writing into a text box and then a digital voice was automatically generated.
Sean, a student who has not been very motivated to spell words correctly, experienced an “Aha” moment today. When he misspelled a word, the digital voice pronounced it as he had spelled it. It finally dawned on him that spelling accuracy matters!
Here is a student sample of one of the 8 line bio poems (each line begins with a personal statement - "I am ____, I want _____, etc.)
I am also planning on using GoAnimate for students to debate two sides of an issue, to share opinion pieces, and for book reports with QR codes attached. How will you use GoAnimate?