Powtoons for Quick, Easy, and Fun Video Creation
February 13, 2021

Powtoons for Quick, Easy, and Fun Video Creation

Kim Grewe | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Powtoon

I use Powtoons to create explainer videos for online courses at our community college. We encourage faculty to create videos to personalize and humanize their online courses. Powtoons makes it easy for faculty to use because Powtoons provides a variety of templates, characters, scenarios, and music backgrounds to create quick videos. We use them for course overviews, course introductions, syllabi, and videos linking course objectives to assignments.

No everyone on my Instructional Design team uses Powtoons, but I have presented on the technology informally at our informal Friday team meetings and I encourage the teaching faculty I work with to try out Powtoons. There is a free version and the more robust paid version is VERY affordable for educators. Subscription-based with updates on a regular basis makes it nimble and appropriate for the work I do.
  • Powtoons helps me make static content more lively and interesting.
  • Powtoons provides several templates, scenarios, characters, and music to make creating a video easy.
  • Powtoons has a free version you can use, but the paid subscription price is VERY affordable for educators in particular.
  • As often is the case, the free version includes a watermark on all published products.
  • Sometimes the video templates may be too glib or light-hearted for the message being shared (like about discrimination in the workplace or COVID).
  • Anecdotally, students seem to like the videos.
  • My personal work goals include incorporating at least one video per online course I support. Powtoons has allowed me to easily reach this goal.
Powtoons has more support and training than Animoto. Powtoons subscription price for educators is less expensive than a usual premium subscription. Powtoons integrates easily with many different platforms in a way Animoto does not. We can export Powtoons to Mp4s which students sometimes helps students gain easy access. Powtoons has more features, including collaboration, that Animoto does not have.

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In an academic environment, Powtoons is well suited to course introductions, overviews, explaining concepts, student presentations. Powtoons is not as good for lectures.

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