Teacher Review For GoAnimate for Schools

Very engaging program allowing students a lot of flexiblity

Brenda G.
Technology coordinator
Cabin John Middle School
Potomac, MD
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Our school was able to get a classroom paid account. This allows the teacher to do batch imports of students. This took a little time but allowed the students to use their school provided login and password. I have created several lessons in which students write book reviews, describe a science topic or concept, explain school rules, cyberbullying, etc. Students created a storyboard to map out their animation before starting in the software. They also wrote a script prior to starting. Students must learn the importance between written and phonetic spelling so that their animation characters speaks the words as intended. The program allows for a lot of differentiation and complexity based on student abilities and interests. The finished products were then displayed on class wikis, school website, and morning TV show. Students can use the product at school and home. The teacher is able to download the files to save as exemplars for the future.
My Take
This program is very engaging for students of all levels.