I was just introduced to GoAnimate, an online site that allows both teachers and students to create and share videos safely and relatively easily. In my online class, a couple of GoAnimate videos have been used as examples of how teachers might use technology to teach math. The videos model excellent “teacher” questioning, along with a variety of “student” responses to complex math tasks. Not only did I learn from the videos, I realized that I can use them, too!
GoAnimate provides a cool number avatars, props, backgrounds, and sounds for video creation. They also lead novices like me through the video-creation process. Teachers using GoAnimate for Schools can moderate all student-produced videos, assist students in sharing their work, and of course, use them to foster higher level thinking. There are several features that make me drool: automatic lip syncs by characters, even if you record the voice yourself, and the ease of creating fascinating whiteboard videos. Here’s a snippet of my first video (yes, I am a pirate teacher).
GoAnimate could not only promote higher level thinking in core academic areas, but would be a fantastic tool for teaching social skills. Teachers could share scenarios for students to problem solve. It would also provide opportunities for students to create videos reflecting their perspectives, how to deal with bullying, and other social struggles.
So glad I found this online video-maker!