GoAnimate is a digital entertainment site that produces do-it-yourself animation software for the web and desktop. It turns words from a script into an animated movie using text-to-speech and animation technologies. It allows users to create videos by choosing from a menu of predesigned characters and sets, and scripting their own dialogue.
Heads up: Do not choose to create a video for your business. This is not part of the free service.
You can also sign up for a pay service developed exclusively for schools.
Resources to Get You Started
- Quick Video Making Tutorial
- Full Video Making Tutorial
- Quick Video PowerPoint Tutorial
- Tips for Using GoAnimate in eLearning
- Using GoAnimate in Class
- Cult of Pedagogy Review
Ways to Use GoAnimate in Your Classroom
Teachers can use this as a way to present instructions for a lesson or a unit.
Have your students re-create a scene from the text or rewrite the ending of a story.
The students can reflect on a personal experience, personal narrative, or belief statement.
GoAnimate can be used as a framework to teach body language and dialogue.
Use it as a way to remind students of homework and upcoming assignments at the end of the class period.
GoAnimate is a great tool to use for teaching grammar. Use it to show how punctuation can change the meanings of some words. For example, “Let’s eat grandma, I yelled!” or “Let’s eat, Grandma, I yelled!”
Characters can be created to persuade the class to do the right thing, such as to eat healthy and exercise.
Students can create a television commercial for a product.
This tool can be used to create a news broadcast for current events or historical events in a social studies class.
This tool can be used as a form of role play to teach point of view.
It could be used to teach movie making skills in a video productions or digital communications class.