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 which is available on Apple and Google Play stores.
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.
Make sure to check out our resources on the right, and if you are looking for even more, Dr. Kim Kimbell-Lopez has created a website full of additional information and resources! Follow the below link to visit her site.
Dr. KL Animation Website
Dr. Kim Kimbell-Lopez has created a website full of animation information and resources! This site includes an overview, animation types, hands-on practice, curriculum connections, and more (yes, more) resources! Follow the below link to visit her site.
Would you like Animation Tools?
We have the following animation resources for you to use in our creative studio or to borrow:
Animation Desk (Free Win 10)
Scratch Jr (w/coding)
Adobe Animate Tutorials
Animation Desk Getting Started