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Started by Roimata Baker 19 Sep 2013 10:18am () Replies (8)

I think my students might be interested in using animation to make a short film about cyber bullying.  Any ideas anyone? They are Year 7-8 students.  Many of them keen gamers.  


  • dakinane (View all users posts) 19 Sep 2013 10:31am ()


    Depending on the kind of animation you want to do I would recommend:

    http://www.pencil-animation.org/ it is an open source 2D animation software, its free and is fairly easy to use.  What you will find is it will take time.

    If you have iPads in the class I would suggest that you use the Puppet Pals HD (Directors Edition) to make short movies, not really animation, but quicker to make than a traditional animation.

    If you want to do stop frame animation, you will need a good tripod, a good light source and time. I would recommend that you install Sam Animation http://icreatetoeducate.com/  You can do this with LEGO pieces as the students I worked with in this film did http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iSzff-iXAY Here is the students final work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cd7uYLdrlY  or you could do traditional claymation.  The key factor for all of these solutions is giving the students time to create and execute their animation.

    Let me know how you get on.  Good luck.


  • Monika Kern (View all users posts) 19 Sep 2013 12:14pm ()

    Hello Roimata,

    your question reminded me of one year when I was teaching Y7&8 and covered both DC and animation. I had signed up to Bitstrips for Schools at http://www.bitstripsforschools.com/ (they have a 30 day free trial which went a lot longer than 30 days at that time) and set my students tasks of creating comic strips on how to combat cyber bullying, using tasks from there that I modified for my students. For animation we used Pivot, a simple and free programme available here - our animations were about a different topic though. Esp. my boys were really into this and kept on using this programme the year after, too. To my knowledge it is Windows only, happy to be corrected.

    I have seen examples of people using the free LEGO Movie app on the iPad to create stop motion animations. One of my teachers has used Trickfilm cam for Windows before which is available for free from here. I hope you find some of these ideas helpful :-)

    Cheers, Monika

  • Heather Harper (View all users posts) 19 Sep 2013 1:49pm ()

    Hello Roimata

    Like Monika I have used Pivot Stickman with year 7 & 8 students. It is easy to use and the boys especially love it, however you have to stipulate no violence, blood and gore as  the first thing they want to do is fighting matches... You can insert backgrounds and create original shapes as well as use some that are in the programme. I have used it with students to show how animals became extinct...

    Also there are a variety of online animation tools, such as Fluxtime (limited) Scratch (if you want them to get into programming), Spore Cartoon Creator...Just to name a few.

    However , I have found that if you want them to actually understand Stop/Start animation good old PowerPoint is a great programme to use. Start off with basic movement of a ball bouncing for example, show them how to make it go automatically, slow it down, get them to experiment and then away they go.

    Scratch is waesome if you want them to get into computer programming and so is Alice Storyteller.

    Cheers Heather

  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 19 Sep 2013 2:20pm ()

    Kia ora Roimata,

    My first question is what technology do you have access to? 

    In my year 3 class with macbooks we used i can animate to create stop motion lego movies around the themes of road safety, the importance of marine reserves, friendship and the school motto. We then improted them into iMovie to add sound effects and theme music. 

    As David has said it does take coniderable amounts of time : ) 

    If you have iPads I have also used the i can animate app but it was much easier to set up the scene and keep the background steady on a laptop. 

    Animation is great fun and hugely engaging frro students - just be prepared for a few hours work to produce a few seconds of animation. 

    There are hundreds of lego animations on youtube to inspire your students. 

    Let us know how you get on. : ) 



  • Shona Poppe (View all users posts) 19 Sep 2013 7:10pm ()

    Hi use iStopmotion for iPad. This also has time lapse as well.  You can use remote cameras ( iPhone or iPod) set up on little tripods as well. Below are some links for your information.






  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 23 Sep 2013 11:52am ()

    Hi there Roimata, here’s some online animation tools as well as some offline animation tools including gaming tools - all compiled by Suzie Vesper.

    The students could make their animations in cartoon-type apps and enter their contributions in the Toon academy – Digital Citizenship website. Good luck and let us know how you get on Smile. We'd love to see the end products too!

  • Innes Kennard (View all users posts) 26 Sep 2013 11:25am ()

    Hi Roimata et all

    Would like to reinforce what some of the others have mentioned. 3D stop motion (isn't all animaiton stop motion?) animation is just a magic way to engage kids in story telling - all the way from structure, planning, fliming, processing to post production. It is a brilliant way to talk about narrative, visual literature, characterisation etc. in a controlled way - toys, lego or cut outs don't answer back! Much as I love KidPix I find for most the drawing (include Pivot here) to be a really challenging way of developing quality story lines.

    Check out the Hare and the Tortoise (Kaiapoi Borough School) as an example of Yr 7/8 animation. For an idea of what a Junior School can do try this one from St Patrick's Masterton.  These are both produced using Animate IT! (or its predessesor I Can Animate) from Kudlian Software. In a not meant to be too blatant notification, this software is available at a special price to NZ schools. 

    Go out there and get animated.


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