Animated Explainer Video Example: Synergis Education
Guest Post written by Laura Roberts – Instructional Designer at Synergis Education, Inc.
“I am an instructional designer for Synergis Education, Inc., a company that partners with various higher education institutions across the nation to deliver solutions that serve 21st Century students. As part of my job I am always looking for new tools that will enhance the content I create with subject matter experts. A few months ago I came across the PowToons website when I was searching for a free or relatively inexpensive tool to animate content lectures. I found the price for educators reasonable and their tag line–claiming that it “brings awesomeness to your presentations”–intrigued me.
After going through the demo of their software and seeing some sample presentations I was excited to give it try. I instantly saw how it could enrich the learning experience in higher education as well as in the K–12 environment. I pitched the software to the folks I was working with at a school of business and they were willing to give it a try.
My first presentation took longer than I anticipated, but the end product was well received by the faculty and my fellow instructional designers. Overall, this felt like a more organic process of presentation creation then PowerPoint development because the main focus is the gallery of graphics. I didn’t think about using text unless it was to call out important words or phrases, and it was easier than I thought it would be to find visuals to match the lecture. I will definitely be using this again to make lectures more engaging. In fact, I have already created a second one, and I’m working on my third!”
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