How I Use It
I am not a teacher, but I have used this program to make short animated presentations for my own class assignments. I recommend using PowToon in a private setting or with headphones, as many users would prefer to enhance their PowToon animated presentations with sound (music, voice). If a user wants to record their own voice or background music, a quiet and private area is recommended. I would not recommend assigning a project more than 5 minutes long as a presentation for any beginner with PowToon, and grades 4-8 may need to start with 1-3 minute animated presentations before moving up to more advanced or longer presentations.
My overall opinion of PowToon is that it can be a lot of fun to build an animated presentation with this program. The program offers many pre-loaded text, image and icon offerings for users to peruse, as well as some narration and recording options. PowToon can be used by both beginners and more advanced users to create diverse and engaging presentations, plays or more.
What I liked about PowToon was that it was fun and entertaining to learn to use the program. Creating a small animated film or presentation would be a very fun activity for many age groups, and learning the complexities of the program would be beneficial for students to learn.
What I didn't like about PowToon is that a first time user will be overwhelmed with the amount of options and abilities of the program. A 5 minute completed PowToon took me over a few hours to complete the first time I used PowToon. Younger or newer users will need an extended amount of time to learn what the program can do, and how to get everything to work together in the way they want. I honestly would not use PowToon for the recommended age group of elementary school users unless they were given multiple hours of time to finish a small 3-5 minute PowToon. At that time limit- they might learn more from another lesson or activity than from learning PowToon. Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers would do much better with this program.