Powtoon is an online platform for creating short video presentations. You can select from royalty-free libraries of animation, live-action video, images, designed backgrounds, soundtracks, and moving graphics, or you can use your own visual content and add audio voiceovers.
Current known uses in the sector
- Staff can create short how-to videos.
- Used as an engagement tool, Newcomers can create video presentations to show their understanding of a topic or concept.
- Powtoon can be used in Citizenship Preparation, Community Connections, Employment-related, Information and Orientation, Library Settlement Partnership, Settlement Workers in Schools, Pre-Arrival to create visual information to help inform and engage with Newcomers visually.
Powtoon’s free account allows you to create videos up to 3 minutes long with Powtoon branding on the video. They offer different levels of pricing plans. They do not appear to have nonprofit pricing, but do have educational institution pricing available.
Ease of use & Accessibility
Like many tools, it takes some time to become oriented to the tool and how to use it. Powtoon has a useful knowledge base with articles and how-to information.
According to Powtoon, “Currently, it is not possible to edit your Powtoon on a tablet or iPad and we recommend that you use either a desktop or laptop computer.” However, the article outlines a few things that can be done using their Powtoon Connect Apple and Android mobile app.
Privacy/security features, including data security and message encryption
According to this help article, “If you have a free subscription plan, your privacy setting will be set to Public by default and cannot be changed. A public Powtoon is searchable in search engines. If you have a paid subscription plan, your privacy setting will be set to Unlisted by default. An unlisted Powtoon is not searchable in search engines.”