Students enjoyed showing their creativity with GoAnimate
Community Review for GoAnimate for Schools
The program is easy to learn and includes tutorials to get students started. They have many choices of scenery, characters, actions, voices, including the ability to record their own voices.
There were a few problems, though. It appears their support staff are located on the other side of the world. I would email a support question during the day and the response would come through in the middle of the night. Sometimes it took more than one day. It has also taken a few days to get access to our account during initial setup.
How I Use It
I have had students create anti-bullying PSAs. I can expand this to create other types of PSAs. My 8th grade students spend the trimester creating marketing tools for a business they pretend they are starting. One is a video ad that they create in GoAnimate.
I need to closely monitor what students are doing. It hasn't happened too often, but I have had students include inappropriate content.