Powtoon.com is an awesome website where you can create animated videos and presentations for free. These projects can be used by anyone. When you get to the main site, you can sign in as a student, teacher, video artist/animator, entrepreneur, start-up, marketing pro, or other.
After creating an account, you can start from scratch or pick from tons of styles in the gallery. I used Powtoon with my students after a unit on two variable relationships in math. Their task was to create an example problem, write the equation, create a table, create a graph, and explain what the relationship between the two variables. They were able to to this by inserting their own images along with the ones provides within Powtoon. My students love to show what they know! They really enjoyed being able to create a presentation that was animated and I Ioved that they could add voice and explain their thinking process.
My students worked on these in groups of two and it was so easy to use MashPlant as a way for them to collaborate. They posted the link into MashPlant and were able to work on it as a draft until they were ready to submit. My favorite part of using MashPlant for student projects is its security and ability to keep everything in one place. My kids loved being able to watch each others videos, rate them, and provide feedback to each other.
Check out a sample video here.