The eMINTS National Center is pleased to announce that we have paired up with KCDigiKids on a new project to help develop a comprehensive storytelling curriculum for grades PK-12. KCDigiKids was founded in June of 2013, and are working to develop the “next generation of digital storytellers” in the mid-west. The project is currently in the early stages, but will result in a “curriculum that can be used by educators as formal units of instruction and by non-profit leaders as after-school and summer learning projects.” The students will experience hands-on learning activities that will utilize a variety of technology platforms and digital formats. These units will help educators bring digital storytelling to into the classroom as a way to help students reflect, build community, think creatively, become media literate, and much more.
Welcome back to the third, and final, installment on stop-motion animation. When planning a stop motion animation project with students teachers need to be aware of the tools necessary, the steps for creating a project like this, some tips for success, and additional resources to ensure students learn, have fun, and create quality products.
Basic materials/tools are all that is needed to get started:
Stop-Motion software (JellyCam or StoMo are just a couple available)
Digital camera (stand alone, iPad camera, phone camera, web cam)
Tripod or sturdy base for camera/computer/iPad
MovieMaker or iMovie *adding audio and splicing with other media like video (optional)
Plan the movie using a storyboard (visuals and audio/script)
Design set, characters, and props
Determine Frames Per Second (# of images needed to make a second = # of images needed to make the full length feature) Frames Per Second for video are normally 30 but programs can let you adjust that) – let your students do the calculations when planning their projects.
Capture images using stop motion software (with onion screen option)
Export as movie
*optional – Import Movie into MovieMaker or iMovie and add audio and/or other media, export as Movie, view
Tips for Success:
Plan carefully – Make a storyboard before you animate.
Keep it simple – Don’t try ambitious models or backgrounds
Small movements – A little goes a long way; use the onion-skinning option to see where the last frame was placed.
Assign roles – Modellers, clickers, spotters, movers; each student can be responsible for a task.
Leave a comment…..We’d love your thoughts and ideas about stop motion animation as authentic products in the classroom. Share links to your student’s stop-motion projects. Tell us about all of your experiences using stop motion animation including implementation ideas, tips, additional resources, etc.
Brooke Higgins is an instructional specialists for the eMINTS National Center and Allison Byford is the Instructional Technology Coordinator with the Springdale Public Schools in Arkansas and is an eMINTS PD4ETS graduate.
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Brooke Higgins is an instructional specialist for the eMINTS National Center and writes for her own blog, Higgins Help.