3 Powerful Web tools to Create whiteboard animation videos for your class

Whiteboard animation videos are videos that draw themselves. They involve an animated use of images, shapes, characters, sounds and voice-overs to create a clip. This form of video production has been very popular recently and is widely used by some leading educational YouTube channels such as TED Ed and RSA Animate. Creating a whiteboard animation video is no longer a graphic designer’s job. There are actually several web tools that allow you to easily put together an animated video with as simple tools as drag and drop. As a teacher, you can  use these animations to create and share tutorials,  presentations, step by tsp guides, and many more. Below are three  of my favourite tools I would recommend for you:

Example of whiteboard animation taken from Ken Robinson video on Changing Education Paradigms

1- GoAnimate
Go Animate allows you to produce your own professional whiteboard animation-style video using your mouse and your favorite internet browser on GoAnimate! The Whiteboard Animation theme includes thousands of hand-drawn assets like props and backgrounds, plus hundreds of character actions that fit a wide variety of professions and business settings. Whenever you add a whiteboard animation prop, background, or character in a scene, this asset will appear to be drawn by a hand holding a marker pen in the final video. No extra action required. But that’s not all. You can also easily adjust the image by changing its timing and adding a delay to better fit the video’s script.

Watch this video to learn more about GoAnimate

2- Video Scribe
VideoScribe empowers you to create your own whiteboard-style animated videos without any design or technical know-how. All you need is a message, an idea, or something to communicate to the world. VideoScribe makes animated sketches out of the images you choose. Place text and drawings onto a canvas, add a voiceover or soundtrack – then sit back and watch your story unfold.
Watch this video to see how Video Scribe works

3- PowToon
PowToon is aother great web tool that enables you to create powerful video animations and presentations. PowToon provides you with all the necessary animation tools you’ll need to immediately begin creating your own professional-looking animated explainer videos and animated presentations. From start to finish, you’ll be guided through a surprisingly simple process. Watch the video below to learn more about PowToon.

PDF to WORD – Δωρεάν online εργαλείο μετατροπής αρχείων

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Το PDF to WORD από την nitroPDF είναι το κατάλληλο Online εργαλείο μετατροπής αρχείων PDF σε Word. Το μόνο που έχετε να κάνετε είναι να πάτε στην σελίδα του κατασκευαστή, και στο πεδίο «select PDF to convert»ανεβάζετε το αρχείο PDF και στο πεδίο «Email file to» πληκτρολογείτε το email σας, για να σας σταλεί το αρχείο σε μορφή Word.

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To PDF2Word Online είναι μια πολύ καλή online υπηρεσία με εξαιρετική ποιότητα μετατροπής και εντυπωσιακά καλή ταχύτητα, δεδομένου του ότι θα πρέπει να ανεβάσετε το έγγραφο, να γίνει η μετατροπή και στη συνέχεια να το κατεβάσετε. Η υπηρεσία δεν χρειάζεται εγγραφή και είναι εύκολη στη χρήση της.

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Τα πέντε χαρακτηριστικά του δάσκαλου που ξεχωρίζει…

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Η εκμετάλλευση των ευκαιριών για επιστημονική αναβάθμιση και βελτίωση του δασκάλου είναι η καλύτερη συνιστώσα για την επιστημονική ολοκλήρωσή του. Δεν είναι όμως η μοναδική. Η,χωρίς προκατάληψη, συνεργασία των δασκάλων του ίδιου σχολείου είναι μία εξ ίσου καλή συνιστώσα ολοκλήρωσης, που βελτιώνει και τον δάσκαλο που παίρνει και τον δάσκαλο που δίνει. Η συνεργασία μεταξύ των δασκάλων έχει και ένα ακόμη πιο καλό αποτέλεσμα: Σπάζει τους φραγμούς της απομόνωσης και του διαχωρισμού του σχολείου σε περιχαρακωμένους θύλακες και δίνει την ευκαιρία σε κάθε δάσκαλο να ξεχωρίσει σε κάτι.
Οι τρόποι με τους οποίους μπορεί να ξεχωρίσει ένας δάσκαλος είναι τόσοι πολλοί, όσοι είναι και οι δάσκαλοι.
Ο δάσκαλος που ξεχωρίζει μετέρχεται ένα ευρύ φάσμα ρόλων για την υποστήριξη της τάξης του και για την επιτυχία των μαθητών του. Μερικοί από αυτούς τους ρόλους τού έχουν ανατεθεί από την πολιτεία, άλλους τους επινόησε με τη φαντασία του…

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

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The Question Game

by Sophie Wrobelgeist.avesophos.de

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

Big idea: Teaching kids to ask smart questions on their own

A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any. Our school system is structured around rewards for regurgitating the right answer, and not asking smart questions – in fact, it discourages asking questions. With the result that as we grow older, we stop asking questions. Yet asking good questions is essential to find and develop solutions, and an important skill in innovation, strategy, and leadership. So why do we stop asking questions – and more importantly, why don’t we train each other, and our future leaders, to ask the right questions starting from early on?

In A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas, Warren Berger suggests that there are three main questions which help in problem solving: Why questions,What If questions, and How questions.

Regardless of the question, the question needs to be phrased openly and positively in order to achieve positive results – a closed or negative question only raises bad feelings against each other.

  • Why questions help to find the root of a problem
  • What If questions open up the floor for creative solutions
  • How questions focus on developing practical solutions

So, perhaps, this lesson can be adapted to help trigger young children to start solve problems early too and stop accepting whatever the kindergarten teacher says to be fact? And perhaps, continue to keep up these inquiring and probing abilities later on in life?

usarmcorpofengineers-fiLearning Goal: A Pattern Of Critical Thinking

The Question Game focuses on teaching children a kind of thinking which is particularly useful in creative problem-solving–a focused approach to get from a problem to the most effective solution. It is most effective when combined with regular repetition, which solidifies the thought pattern, and with groups, which encourages contributory exploration of alternative responses and creativity.

Thinking strategy is just one of many qualities that are necessary for imparting charisma and leadership skills to the next generation. Many of us would claim that we don’t have the ‚natural gift’ that charismatic leaders like Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Ghandi had. However, charisma and leadership are qualities that, to a large extent, can be cultivated and trained. With soft skills becoming more important in today’s job market, cultivating these skills early on can provide children with an additional edge in becoming effective, active citizens in our society. These skills can be broadly grouped into four logical skills and four emotional skills:

  • Logical skills: risk-taking, thinking strategy, creativity, and negotiation.
  • Emotional skills: persuasion, emotional connection, body language, and dealing with vulnerability.

Of these eight skills, the Question Game focuses on thinking strategy and creativity, and aims to solidify the critical thinking thought pattern from an early age onwards.

Introducing The Question Game

Preparation: print out the figure in the illustration, cut it out and glue the tabs together to form a cube.

  1. One simple idea is to pick up your favorite illustrated fairy tale book–the kind of book you’d read a two-year-old for bedtime stories. (This also works with most fictional works; the natural ‘break point‘ for questions is at the end of a plot development or paragraph for older audiences.)
  2. On each page, roll the cube and answer the question together. I’ll bet you’d be surprised by what turns Little Red Riding Hood can take. And more importantly after a while you and your child will both start asking these questions reflexively.

Evaluating Learning Progress

My personal experience introducing the game to my two children (aged Pre-K) is a gradual acceptance of the game and associated learning goals:

  1. Initial excitement: Rolling the cube puts the child in control and made a fun addition to reading their picture books; they couldn’t wait for their turn to roll the cube.
  2. Distress: The questions are hard, especially when they aren’t used to this sort of thinking pattern and are accustomed to the ’teacher knows everything’ thinking pattern. Here, my children often asked if we could read ‚without the cube‘, or ‚I don’t want to roll, but ___ can roll and answer the question.’
  3. Acceptance: As they start to recognize that there isn’t a single correct answer, and they begin to understand what each question is trying to achieve, they begin to enjoy the game and insist that we read ‘with the cube‘.
  4. Application: During more abstract conversations, discussions, or observing how the children go about solving day-to-day problems during play. Example: a particular lego construction doesn’t quite work, even though it was‚ built according to instructions‘–and the child goes about investigating what is wrong and fixing it himself. Another example: When they ask me questions and I give them answers that obviously don’t make sense, I get more pointed questions than just ‘why?‘ as a response.

Sophie Wrobel is a mother of two and independent information consultant with no pedagogic background. She runs a technology-oriented blog at avesophos.de and a self-improvement blog at geist.avesophos.de; The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking; image attribution flickr user usarmycorpofengineers