For the second year in a row, Clinton Elementary students had a short film featured in the SOMA Film Festival. This particular film was created during an after school enrichment program and the 2 students had never worked together before. Before a packed movie theater crowd, this endearing short film was received gleefully!
Kids have stories that bubble out of them. In this presentation at the New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative conference, I led a presentation on alternative forms of storytelling to inspire teachers to be creative with their use of technology. The two main focuses were stop motion animation and book trailer creation.
My first ISTE presentation took the form of an Ignite talk. With my dream of giving a TED talk on my mind, I decided to try this new presentation format. To say the least, I am hooked and want to bring this frenetic energy to school this year. My focus was to show the audience that everyone has a story and that Lego stop motion animation can be an exciting tool for students. My sincere hope is that participants were motivating and willing to try this cool and easy to use approach.
Who know, perhaps the fine people at TED will come calling some day!
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Stop animation with an iPad / iPhone for beginners is here. Recently I downloaded the Lego Movie Maker App and made my first short film using a Lego set I conveniently had in my dining room. The process was fun and the result was funny (at least for me!) Here are some screenshots of the iPad version that we will be using this year at school with kids.