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Tech Tip #487

Me being shown a new tech tool is actually pretty rare. In fact, I don’t know when the last time it has happened, but a fellow co-worker recently shared what appears to be a pretty cool presentation tool that I have never seen before.

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Powtoon, not to be confused with Paltoons – a comic creator, is touted as a newer and improved replacement to PowerPoint or Prezi. With a simplistic design and many easy to use templates students and teachers alike are sure to find Powtoon a fun tool for creating presentations.

Not that long ago, someone asked me about tool such as Haiku Deck that could also embed video and make a cool presentation. While I have yet to play with that feature it looks like it is simple enough to do as well.

Of course every one wants to know about cost and usage for children. Although there are paid options, there is also a free version that seems to provide some pretty descent access to the tools on the site. As far as any rules for student use, I scanned the terms of service and didn’t find any specific restrictions related to minors. But, as always, I would make sure to check for yourself.

Now, I do have to provide a disclaimer that I have not used this tool, as I just found out about it today, but I can guarantee you that my next presentation will be made Powtoon. I’ll let you know how it goes. — Hopefully you will try it out too!

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