GoAnimate Busts A Myth: School Can Be Fun!

The best thing about my job as a K – 12 instructional tech coordinator is that I get to bring passion and creativity into classrooms. Content standards and state tests are important, but too often those things get the focus at the expense of what makes learning exciting. I am extremely grateful for the many times each school year when I’m part of a project where creativity and the content come together into a memorable learning experience

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It’s Science: GoAnimate For Schools Works!

I am a veteran teacher. This is a polite way to say I have been teaching for quite a while- 30 some odd years. So, you may be surprised to find I embrace all the technology we have available in our profession, and yet you shouldn’t be. What any good teacher wants is a way to convey their enthusiasm and love of learning to their students, and with the use of sites like GoAnimate, our jobs get a little bit easier.

I started using GoAnimate before there was a school site for it-about 3 years ago. I initially used it as a way to have a little fun in presenting some chemistry concepts. The students seemed to enjoy the short lessons they conveyed, and I got to be a little more creative. My students especially got a kick out of when I would put our lab and classroom in the background photos. I myself used GoAnimate for quick lessons, to show in class, and then embed in our class wiki, so students could re-watch them prior to a test. I sometimes made “review” cartoons, where I would have a character tell the students what they should study for a test. Of course my favorite cartoon was my Underdog cartoon on polymers- I wonder if students even know who Underdog is now- but they’ve got to love his catchy background tune.

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