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Explore and create : Creation lab

Selena Ward  
Take a basic knowledge of stop-motion animation to the next level to explain a concept or tell a story. This session is for any teacher or any content area. In this workshop, you will build your own stop-motion animation using any portable device.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Stop Motion Studio App (Free Version)
iOS- https://apps.apple.com/us/app/stop-motion-studio/id441651297
Android- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cateater.stopmotionstudio

Small stand for the device is helpful but not required

Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, Performing/visual arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Creative Communicator
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose is to integrate media arts into the learning process. Students will have the opportunity to learn and create at the same time in this project.

- Participants will know the Media Arts Production vocabulary to support students with stop motion animation projects
- Participants will follow the model of Arts Integration where learning in the arts and content area happen at the same time. Projects are also assessed in both areas.
- Participants will be able to see the level of student knowledge in their projects versus traditional testing.


10 minutes- Review of Types of Stop Motion Animation, Key Vocabulary and Stages of Production
10 minutes- Learn the features of the app and create a test animation
30 minutes- Create an animation that teaches a concept
10 minutes- Share Creations and Reflect

Supporting research

- https://www.iste.org/explore/Toolbox/Engage-elementary-students-with-stop-animation%21
- https://blog.ed.ted.com/2014/03/27/how-you-or-your-students-can-use-stop-motion-animation-in-your-classroom/
- https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0742051X14000493

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Selena Ward, Prince George's County Public Schools

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