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Creativity Tools Series Digital Tools

Tools to Unleash Creativity: GoAnimate



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.

Click Here To Go To The GoAnimate for Schools Site (As of 5/6/2018, this service is no longer available)

Resources to Get You Started

Ways to Use GoAnimate in Your Classroom

  1. Teachers can use this as a way to present instructions for a lesson or a unit.
  2. Have your students re-create a scene from the text or rewrite the ending of a story.
  3. The students can reflect on a personal experience, personal narrative, or belief statement.
  4. GoAnimate can be used as a framework to teach body language and dialogue.
  5. Use it as a way to remind students of homework and upcoming assignments at the end of the class period.
  6. 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!”
  7. Characters can be created to persuade the class to do the right thing, such as to eat healthy and exercise.
  8. Students can create a television commercial for a product.
  9. This tool can be used to create a news broadcast for current events or historical events in a social studies class.
  10. This tool can be used as a form of role play to teach point of view.
  11. It could be used to teach movie making skills in a video productions or digital communications class.

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