Have you ever thought about adding animation in your classroom? There are a variety of avenues for this integration from student creation to lesson delivery to lesson resource.
What "hooks" do you use for your lessons? For educators, animations are a great "hook" options. You and/or your students can even make your own gif! Animations can also be used in a flipped learning environment. Do you have assignments which integrate a PowerPoint? poster? paper? Maybe a good place to start would be substituting one of those with an animation assignment.
In the P12 environment, students connect with animations. Animations can help students disconnect a child's behavior from their person. Habits of Mind animations are a great example for this application in the classroom. An animation station in the classroom with revolving materials provides a creative station for student created materials.
If you are looking additional critical thinking options, there are coding options with some animation tools. No, this isn't just an option for "older" students. This can be a favorite for our "littles" using an app such as Scratch Jr.
The Scratch Jr app allows students to add characters, change backgrounds, and animate. The animation is created by drag and drop puzzle pieces. Here is where the fun comes in…students are actually coding the animation! Each puzzle piece color represents a type of function such as a motion, trigger, sound, look, control, or end. Printed on the puzzle piece is a graphic to represent its function such as an arrow pointing right.
Would you like Animation Tools?
We have the following podcasting resources for you to use in our creative studio or to borrow:
Getting Started - First Gif Using PPT
Pixar in a Box (Khan Academy)
Types of Animation
Resources and Animations
Animation Desk (Free Win 10)
Scratch Jr (w/coding)