Learn the basics of animation and how it can be used in any learning environment to help engage students in fun learning. We'll examine different methods of animating using a variety of free and low-cost digital and traditional tools and create a short animation ourselves.
This workshop includes some hands-on creation and sharing along with peer-to-peer interaction and a critique so it is very engaging. Below is the basic timed outline:
15m: The workshop begins with a short introduction to animation including the basic types and elements to consider when using it in the classroom. We then progress to introduce some of the free resources we will use to create animation and how it works.
10m: We then explore ways to use animation projects in class to support learning and problem solving and how to incorporate global collaboration.
15m: We then create a short animation together using the free, online tools and share via Padlet.
10m: We wrap up by looking at some of the work and sharing some extensions, next steps, resources, and different tools that can be used in animation for education.
Library media specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
We will be using the free, web-based program brush ninja in the workshop and discuss using the following animation tools:
Flip Anim- A free, online, cloud based hand drawn animation tool great for beginners that allows for simple digital animation on any computer. https://flipanim.com/
Brush Ninja- A free, online, cloud based hand drawn animation tool great for beginners that allows for simple digital animation on any computer and saves. https://brush.ninja/
FlipaClip- A free(-ish), online, cloud based digital drawing animation tool that allows for simple simple digital animation on any computer. https://support.flipaclip.com/hc/en-us
Piskel- A free, online, cloud based 8 bit animation tool that allows for simple simple digital animation on any computer. https://www.piskelapp.com/
Adobe Photoshop/Animate/Character Animator- Adobe is the old standard in terms of digital drawing and still the favorite. These have a cost but are part of the creative suite. https://www.adobe.com/
Procreate- This inexpensive app has become a new favorite for digital drawing and simple animation on the iPad and is a favorite of my advanced students. https://procreate.art/
Stop Motion Studio- This free stop motion app is on IOS or android https://www.cateater.com/
Creativity in the classroom, including blended and virtual environments, Creative maker activities, Visual storytelling, Video production
K-12 and Higher Education
For Students:Creative Communicator
- Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
- Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.
- Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
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