Archive for the ‘Animation’ Category

Use an Educational PowToon Account to Enhance Presentations

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

PowToon is an easy to use resource that allows users to create animated videos and presentations. An instructor could use PowToon to enhance lectures or a student could use PowToon to create entertaining presentations. Creating a PowToon presentation allows the user to add visually appealing backgrounds and animations with audio and text that will keep viewers engaged.

There are several options in terms of creating an account with PowToon. Users even have the ability to create an account for free. On the other hand, users have the option to select a premium or educational account in order to access additional features. To try an educational account, please visit: An educational account allows users to create a “classroom” through PowToon, add students to their class, and view student presentations. This is useful for instructors who wish to have easy access to student presentations. The PowToon blog ( includes several examples of PowToon presentations. For more information and resources on PowToon, please visit:

Animations: Impact on Student Learning

Friday, March 4th, 2011

For this week’s Tech Tip, a professor of Biology at Loyola writes about academic 3-D animation software, Autodesk Maya, which comes with a free 3-year extended license:

We are all teaching students who have grown up with computers, the Internet, watching videos and playing computer animation games. Their brains have been trained, from a very early age, to learn new skills by watching these videos and animations.  It became very clear to me that my students grasp new concepts more quickly if they see a short movie or animation of that concept, rather than a still picture on a PowerPoint slide.   I have tried to find professional animations on the Internet and on textbook CD-ROMs. Publishers are now restricting access to these professional animations only to Faculty who adopt their textbook.  I would have to change my textbook each semester just to have access to these materials.  Even then, their collection of animations does not contain specific concepts I want to cover in many of my lectures, they are simply not available. I learned how to make animations using state-of-the-art software, Autodesk Maya.

William J. Wasserman
Associate Professor
Dept. of Biology

Create 3D Models with Google SketchUp

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Trimble’s SketchUp (formerly a part of Google) is free three-dimensional imaging software. It features simple tools that help you design 3D content. You can create shapes, buildings, machines or models.  SketchUp allows you to share your creations on its website’s gallery or export them into TIFF, JPEG and PNG files.