Teacher Review For GoAnimate for Schools

Web based animation program that is easy to use for all students.

Ryan A.
Edu Tech TOSA
San Marcos Unified School District
San Marcos, CA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Science
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I taught our school's video production / TV news class. We used this site to create some short clips to teach vocabulary, intro clips to longer videos and to be a setting scene in a longer video. We had an education account and we were able to have groups of students log in - but the biggest issue was only being able to have one student able to edit on the computer at a time. Overall I like this tool - but you really need an assignment for the students...do not just let them "go on and play".
My Take
This tool is as powerful as you make it. Students can create animations about things you have learned in class, re-telling a story they have read or summarizing a chapter. The ways in which you can use this tool is really endless. Students learned the basics quickly and really took their time to make the animation perfect. There are certainly some issues with the product - like cost and a lack of backgrounds, figures and music...but overall this is a great tool.