I always present a Mole Day project that I created myself, partly so they have one as a model and partly because I want to show my enthusiasm for trying to understand how big 602,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 things would be. I was debating what digital tool I would use -- something easy enough I could do it efficiently, but challenging enough that it looks showy -- when I got an email from Powtoon announcing their Halloween template. I really like Powtoon and the theme of Mole Day is "Mole-o-Ween," so I decided to give it a go.
It only took me about 15 minutes to make a couple quick changes to the template and create a 28 second video that I can share with my students. All of the heavy lifting was done by Powtoon. I changed some words and moved some images and here's what I came up with:
If you haven't tried Powtoon, it's worth a look. They have a nice 4Edu account for educators and this fall they are giving away free premium accounts for teachers that have 60 classroom accounts for students. You can start with a template or a blank screen, so there is something for every level of technology-ready.
My first Powtoon was an attempt to reinforce for students the graphic relationship between two things that are directly or inversely proportional. I searched other videos looking for just the right thing, but, when I didn't find it, I used Powtoon to create it. Here is that one: