Role playing is an excellent way for students to interact. To learn how to use this tool in your classroom. Click Here to access my digital project. Hope you enjoy my characters southern “twang”.
First I wasn’t sure how to start the project. I researched several websites and used many different strategies to create my script. It was challenging trying to compact all the information in a 5 minute timeslot. Once the script was written, I tried a few different ways to record my voice. It started off with a professional microphone, which I rented from our “Advanced Learning Technologies Center”. Then I switched to an app that I downloaded on my phone. After a few recordings I loaded my voice on PowToon, and selected a mysterious background track to match the lesson.
PowToon itself was an easy tool to use, once I understood the main functions and its limitations. Following the suggested steps from PowToon helped me complete this task at ease.
Step #1 Write a script
Step#2 Record voiceover
Step #3 Add visuals
After compiling all three steps, I published the video and showed it to my peers at work. They all understood the benefits of using “Role Playing” in the classroom, and were interested to try PowToon for future lessons.
I recommend everyone to try and create a cartoon with Powtoon. It’s a lot of fun and it forces you to use your imagination.
“As you are aware there are many instructional strategies that can be used in the classroom. Role playing is a fun way to engage students in a higher order of thinking. Having them involved in an exercise that is as realistic possible, will increase their ability to transfer knowledge, and show them how to behave in similar situations. These are important traits to have when socializing in today’s world.” Ralph (2015)