67 – Powtoon

A further drop of 22 places in 2019

Powtoon is an online tool that lets you create animated video explainers.

Website: powtoon.com
Cost: Free and Premium versions
Availability: Online

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 45
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 72

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 45    2017: 29    2016: 22    2015: 19    2014: 46    2013: –
2012: –       2011: –       2010: –      2009: –       2008: –      2007: –


Comments from some of those who selected PowToon as one of their Top 10 Tools 

  • “for building explainer videos. Also use doodly, animaker and moovly, but they have a lot more restrictions.” L&D Specialist, Australia, 2019
  • “I use it to make learning animations. It has a bit of a learning curve but once you get the hang of it, big results” Katrin Naert, Netherlands
  • “Except for the price it offers a lot more than videoscribe.” William Probeck, USA
  • “My go-to place for animations.” Stefan Van Der Velde, Online learning facilitator, Belgium, 2016
  • “easy animations you can personalise” e-learning developer, UK, 2016
  • “this is fun to use for short videos.” Amy Rossetti, University/College teacher, USA, 2016
  • “The first time I saw another teacher present at a faculty meeting using PowToons I thought it was a professionally created video. (I suppose in a way, it was!) PowToons allows you to turn presentations into animated cartoons without any knowledge of computer animation. When used thoughtfully it dramatically increases the level of engagement compared to a slideshow. I’ve found that it is a great way to introduce classroom procedures, or create instructional videos for projects or assignments. I always post PowToons videos I show in class on my Google Classroom stream.” Chris Johnson, Primary/Secondary (K12) teacher, USA, 2016
  • “I have only just started to use this and the constant reminders of their Awesomeness are a bit tiresome but they make great little teaser videos that are working for us at present” L&D Consultant, USA, 2016
  • “for explainer videos it can be very easy to do funny videos” Guido Hornig, Online learning facilitator, Germany, 2016
  • “I was slow to warm to this little tool, which helps you create short cartoons in a relatively short period of time. But the spirit eventually grabbed me and now I have a lot of fun with this tool – whether to promote a new learning module or just goofing around. Looking for something that’s a little different – not quite a full-on elearning module but much more fun that a plain old email announcing the roll-out of a new training offering? Give it a try!” Brian Washburn, 2015
  • “A different nice way to create educational content,” Despina, Kalilali, 2014

How to use Powtoon for Learning

Here you will find some links to external resources on how to use Powtoon for teaching, training, learning and development.

At the bottom of each of the Tools pages there is a section How to use [the tool] for Learning. It provides basic guidance and links to resources on how to use the tool for teaching, training, learning and development.

To read these special sections you will need to be a registered user. Find out how to purchase access to ALL these special sections here and also pre-order the PDF How to use the Top 200 Tools for Learning.