Thursday, October 29, 2009

Teaching Animation in Schools

Teaching students how to create animated movies is a great way to help them learn. Here’s why:
  • It’s a fun way to learn topics from the standard course of study
  • It promotes teamwork
  • Students work with their hands and solve problems as they create hand-drawn animation, paper cut-out animation, clay animation or stop motion animation
  • It uses several learning styles: visual, verbal, kinesthetic
  • It engages students who struggle with writing papers or oral presentations
Hardware needed to create animation:
  • A camera that can be connected directly to a computer. Two types work best:
    • Webcam, which includes a USB cable that plugs into a computer
    • Mini-DV Camcorder, which plugs into a computer using an IEEE-1394 (Firewire)  cable
    • A computer (PC or Mac, preferably with DVD burner)
    • Support equipment: tripod, lights, a means of supporting backgrounds

    Software needed:
    • Editing software is helpful, such as Windows MovieMaker for PC or iMovie for Mac
    More details about all of the above in future blogs.

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