GoAnimate is one of the many web tools that allow people to create animation videos very easily. My AR project is focusing on the isolation felt by EL students. As a tool, I can see how children could create their own animation, following a rubric, and record their voices in English to tell the story. I can then see them publishing their work to a class web site, and inviting others to view their work. I think this could be an excellent tool. My students would feel so successful as they create this project over time!
I did see that a group did do a wiki comparing GoAnimate and Pixton. Their wiki said that this tool is free. I have tried it several times, but each time GoAnimate says that I have a balance. I found this a bit frustrating because the options they give you are a bit misleading and the students will want to create characters with all the bells and whistles. I am afraid that this may add to their frustrations as students. I am not giving up though. I will continue to explore the site, and others like it until I find the right tool. I think the creative aspect of this tool will enable students to overcome some of their learning barriers.
**Notice I do not have arms or legs...too much money??!! I need to keep on working on this one.