Teacher Review For GoAnimate for Schools

Great way for students to connect their learning in a fun and engaging way!

Darlene P.
Assistant Principal & Graphite Mentor
Shivela Middle School
Murrieta, CA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Math, Science, Arts
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
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use this as part of projects that my students develop. As they explore a concept they love to work on their own videos explaining their learning or connecting in an interesting way. At first the students had a learning curve when it came to getting their characters to articulate what they are trying to get across. I also had to limit their time to make sure that they did not spend too much time trying to get a creative and fun video, and to make sure the connections to their learning is being accomplished. The price is one of the major downfalls of the site. I payed for the site and logins myself which was worth it, but to continue year after year can become hard.
My Take
As a teaching tool it is amazing to watch the engagement and connections that my students are able to make. I have even had 3rd grade students work on this program and really love what they are able to create. I love to see both the difficulty of the videos increase as the students become confident on the program and the connections that they are making.