STOP MOTION ANIMATION IN SCHOOL AND THE CURRICULUM.
Using Animation in School such as claymation is a meaningful way to introduce technology into the curriculum be it mainstream, special needs etc. With stop motion animation for kids integrated into the curriculum the number of student enhancing outcomes grows beyond just creative and artistic expression. The various steps involved in completing a movie ensures the growth and development of every child irrespective of their attainment level. There are 5 steps involved in making a movie. Let’s look at each of these steps and show how various learning outcomes can be achieved with this form of animation.
Check out these great examples of School Claymation Ideas
A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO ANIMATION IN SCHOOL
STEP 1: BRAINSTORMING:
- Problem Solving
- Improved fluency of language
- Collaboration and Cooperation
Students learn to use language effectively to elaborate on their own ideas and reach consensus on the final project, encouraging collaboration and cooperation
STEP 2: STORYBOARD:
- Visual Literacy Skills
- Enhanced Literacy (Reading and Writing Skills and Vocabulary)
- Communication and Language Skills
- Collaboration and Innovation
STEP 3: SETBUILDING:
- Coordination of Thought and Activity
- Critical Thinking
- Team Building
- Appreciation of Various artisitc Media
STEP 4: ANIMATION:
- Cooperation and Collaboration
- ICT Skills
- Visual Literacy
LEARNING OUTCOMES WITH STOP MOTION ANIMATION IN SCHOOL
Learning outcomes from the stop motion claymation project ” Black Day for Blue Ray” above..
Each group of 3 to 4 children were encouraged to zone in on a topic related to their curriculum for their stop motion movie. For example in the “Black Day for Blue Ray” project “an accident at home” ,all children were given full freedom to contribute ideas and possible scenarios. An environment was promoted where all contributions were accepted without criticism or judgement. Some children were reluctant to get involved in the group setting; but with encouragement did get involved once it was evident that all ideas and contributions were accepted.
Teachers should emphasize full active listening during these sessions. Students should be encouraged to listen carefully and politely to what their classmates contributions, to tell the speakers or the teacher when they cannot hear others clearly and to think of different suggestions or responses to share.
For inspiration the makers of the stop motion claymation movies “Black Day for Blue Ray” looked at stop motion movies on the internet such as Wallace and Gromit and Gumby, aswell as animation websites such as StopMotionCentral
STEP 5: EXPORT:
- Critical Analysis
- ICT Skills
Don’t forget to relate the importance of storytelling to your students. The freytag pyramid is a very useful tool for students of animation to refer back to for all structured storytelling.
Even if the animation is only 2 minutes long the same structures apply to effectively tell your story. Once mastered students will automatically use the structure for all storytelling going forward.
Taking the time to plan in advance of animating is key. Ignoring structure will result in a poorly engaged audience for your animation.