8 Web Tools and Apps for Creating Animated Character Videos

“Animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.” – Walt Disney

Students love creating short films where they create the dialogue and animate the characters.  Not only do students learn how to write a script, but they also have to think about the props, music, background, and other elements. Creating scenes helps learners develop a critical eye when it comes to supporting writing and plot with visual and multimedia content. This is an important skill needed for our digital producers.  Below are free web tools and apps students can use to create short animated films.

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Produce Animated Movies

  • Plotagon (web/iOS/Android)- create animated videos by choosing a scene, creating and adding actors, and writing the dialogue. Add emotions, sound effects and music.
  • Powtoon– Create fun animated videos with a library of music, text, and characters to choose from or upload images.
  • Wideo– Create videos with uploaded images, animations, and add audio.
  • Zimmer Twins– Make a cartoon featuring the Zimmer twins,  type in the dialogue, choose a background scene, and create a fun movie.
  • Dvolver– Create a short film and choose from their library of characters, backgrounds, and props.
  • Puppet Pals and Toontastic are iOS apps for creating short videos with fun characters students animate with voice and movement. The scene is set as a play. They can upload their own drawings.
  • SockPuppets is an iOS app for creating short movies with talking socks.
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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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