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Technology Teaching Tools

Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.


  • Powtoon.com   
  • PowToon is a tool that allows you to create animation presentations. You can add text to pre-made graphics set to music in order to create a more engaging presentation. The figures and objects in the premade graphic can be manipulated somewhat, but the presentation are somewhat limited to pre-fab backgrounds. However, it is ideal for created quick presentations to convey simple concepts. There are three pricing options: Free, Professional, and Agency. You can create decent simple presentations with the free account, but the logo will appear in the presentation. While many of the templates are geared towards corporate training, there is an education section with both teacher and student templates. It is a great way to enhance presentations. Also, PowToon can be easily exported to any social media or video sharing as well as downloaded as an MP4, PPT, or PDF.

Pedagogical Ideas

This technology can be used in the classroom for the following:

  • Supplemental materials: Instructors can use this feature to provide a presentation of course concepts and information in a more engaging modality.
  • Oral/visual Presentation: Students and instructors can use this tool to create stimulating presentation. They should be able to tailor any type of presentation necessary.
  • Creative/Group projects: This tool is geared towards creating an animated presentation. Students could collaborate with one another to create presentations for group projects.

How do you utilize this technology in your classroom?

Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for utilizing this technology to foster effective teaching and learning.

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