Thursday, January 23, 2014

Animations and Gadgets Oh My

Two new things I have been trying this week.  Powtoons and Twitter Gadget for Google sites.


I have been wanting to try out one of the animated applications so decided to create the 7 Futures schMOOC week 1 learning plan using one of the apps. First I tried GoAnimate. I just wanted to use the free version.  I got half way through the development and was prompted to purchase one moth for $39. I wish I would have known that what I was doing was beyond free BEFORE I spent time. The App Guys recommended Powtoons so off I went to learn Powtoons.  Below is my first attempt. The tutoirals were very good.  I decided to use one of the templates and modify from there.  That seemed to work pretty well and helped me further learn the app.I am excited to delve a little deeper.


This was much trickier that just choosing the gadget. There was a Twitter Gadget but it didn't work. This link takes you to the article that saved the day. The YouTube video was great. Embedding the Twitter feed involved what is called adding the gadget by URL.  There were some tricky steps to the process that were made clear in these instructions.  You can see the final result by clicking here.

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