Express Learning with Animated Character Videos!

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar!

A fun way and safe way for students to share their knowledge is through animated character videos. The web tools below will get your students started with creating these videos. Students will be able to choose characters and in some cases create them. They will also have access to a library full of templates, frames, effects and more to create incredibly imaginative video projects. Some ideas is for students to create a tv commercial, book trailer, digital story, information video, or Public Service Announcement.

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Tools and Apps

  • Toontastic is an Android and iOS app for creating videos with fun 3D characters designed by your students.
  • Plotagon is an Android, iOS app and web tool for creating animated videos by choosing a scene, creating and adding actors, and writing the dialogue.
  • Powtoon is a web tool to create fun animated videos with a library of music, text, and characters to choose from or upload images.
  • Puppet Pals is an iOS app for creating short videos with fun characters students animate with voice and movement. The scene is set as a play. Upload your own photos.
  • Wideo is a web tool that also works on Chromebooks. 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. You have to enable flash for this to work.
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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),, and on her blog,, 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

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