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tool as learners can save the link and watch it as many times as they like. It took me a while to work my way around PowToon as understanding how the timeline works is crucial. However, once you have mastered this, it is easy to make adjustments to your presentation and introduce information sequentially. One of the limitations of the tool, however, is that there is not a great choice of animation objects, particularly with the free tool, and those on offer are difficult to customise. This means that the presentations tend to look similar and I would not opt for PowToon if I wanted to present a lot of information to a group of learners. Below is a snapshot of a video I created on different approaches to writing.


Digital storytelling Finally, I want to share how I have used digital storytelling in a variety of ways with trainee teachers. I have interpreted the term quite loosely but essentially see it as way of linking narrative with different digital multimedia to engage learners and encourage collaborative learning.


Animoto allows users to create free 30-second videos using photos, text and song. The paid version offers more opportunities for creating narratives but the free tool enables you to create mini-presentations. A useful way of introducing a new topic is to ask learners to come up with ideas or key words relevant to a particular area. This gives the learners an opportunity to activate their existing knowledge of, and interest in, the topic. In the example below, key terms relating to the topic “characteristics of spoken language” flash up on the screen. The learners can then compare these with their own ideas.


(created usinghttps://animoto.com/ )


Furthermore, learners can create their own presentations easily without recourse to video editing software. For example, they can take photos or source digital images to illustrate something they have read and explain how these visuals are related to the poem or story.


Using materials other than traditional texts can be highly motivating and help promote writing confidence. I 21


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