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Three Starter Projects for Three Different Types of Animation

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 204C

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Educational Technologist
West Point MS, DoDEA Mid-Atlantic
I have been a teacher for over 30 years and have taught in NC, Georgia, Japan, Germany, Puerto Rico, eSwatini, Oregon, and NY. I've taught math, science, and tech and love developing new STEM ideas.

Session description

Learn about three starter projects to get students started creating animations: a Google Slides animation, an animated toy called a thaumatrope, and a stop-motion project. All three projects require no animation knowledge and minimal resources.

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to model to teachers how to introduce animation to students. We will discuss different options for equipments (cameras, tripods), video editing (We Video, Premiere Elements), and other resources (paper, markers, etc.). Teachers don't need to become experts in animation but simply comfortable with these projects.

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Overview of the three different types of animations including examples. (5 minutes)

Google Slides animation: Demonstrate how to create a Google Slides animation of a ball bouncing include how to share the animation. (12 minutes)

Thaumatrope: Demonstrate how to create an animated toy that blends two images. Explain the history of the thaumatrope and its role in early animation (12 minutes)

Stop motion animation: Explain how to set up and teach students to create a stop motion animation where a puzzle puts itself together and takes it self apart. (12 minutes)

This is an interactive presentation which will entertain questions during the demonstrations.

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Supporting research

The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation (Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston)

Cartoon Animation (Preston Blair)

The World History of Animation (Stephen Cavilier)

The Klutz book of Animation (Nicholas Berger)

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Session specifications

Instructional design & delivery
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Subject area:
Performing/visual arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
Related exhibitors:
WeVideo, Inc.