I have been wanting to try this and I am glad I did. I have disabused any romantic notions I might have had about creating really cool professional looking animated lectures. This tool would be best used to create a short (15 second) animated video. Unfortunately, you can’t download or set privacy without a paid subscription, so I am not even sure that would be worth while.
I think this tool is pretty sophisticated, but I don’t see it coming in very handy in very many instances in the classroom unless someone has more time on their hands than I do. Or they have a very specific idea that fits the abilities of this tool.
Learning curve: Closer to MS publisher than InDesign
Ease of use: It was easy to use, but frustrating to get a clean result. I think you would have to use it regularly to get a decent looking product in a reasonable amount of time.
Time required to create a product: It took me a couple hours do to this. That includes the time I wasting by starting with a complicated 2 minute lesson intro lecture… instead of the beginner level video I’m including here.
Key features: Cool animated text and graphics. Slides with a timeline.
Problems you encountered: The timeline is too simplistic to give precise control.
barriers: If there is a close caption feature, I didn’t find it. That takes it off the table for me. I think the animation would actually distract from a lesson message unless very sparingly applied. Polished and professional looking results would take some time to create, sloppy results are even more distracting. Expensive to be able to download your product.
Possible educational uses: Given the barriers, I think there are other products that would better for most educational uses.
The company puts out some fun animated video tutorials: