Wired Educator: Every Creative Classroom Needs iStopMotion


I have an animation station set up in a closet in my art classroom and it is the most exciting single activity for most kids. Last year 55 8th graders worked in teams to create an animated timeline of US presidents. Seventh graders shot their flipbooks before we stapled them together and my advanced 6th graders just made an anti-bullying animation.
Animation presents opportunities to engage students in the key skill sets identified as necessary for 21st Century students - creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. To listen in on the conversations that go on while figuring out how to make something happen in animation is to see real learning take place. AND it's fun AND it provides a cool visual product that is seen and admired by others.