Day 29 Stop animation sharing

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our progress as of Mar. 30

Today we will be sharing our stop animation videos (or project files, if you haven’t finished).

Presentation

Please set up the stations like this:

The 10:10 section

  • Purple Station: Wynn, Abby, and Justin, + Alex and Kelly
  • Red Station: Helen, David, and Chaycie
  • Blue Station: Miranda, Morgan, Maya, Richard
  • Green Station: Abbigail, Alexius, and Shelby
  • Peach Station: Yejee, Emily, MP, and Eunice

The 11:15 section

 

  • Purple Station: Michelle Lee, Laura, Emma, and Italia
  • Red Station: Tori, Valencia, Michelle Luce, and Jordan
  • Blue Station: Courteney, Gigi, Lydia, and Danielle
  • Green Station: Melissa, Rory, Reggie, and Samantha
  • Peach Station: Brandy, Victoria, Benjamin, and Tracy

Our shared channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyJsjzedgqMXv1Hpp4gbSdQ

We take turns to present. You should either be presenting, or enjoying your classmates’ presentations.

When presenting, try to address these questions (the same ones I sent you through email):

  1. What is the topic of the video?
  2. What (Georgia) Performance Standard for which grade level does your video address?
  3. How might this video help audiences/students to understand the concept?
  4. What did you do to achieve your answers for question #3?
  5. Where do you see your creativity in this video?
  6. How do you perceive the value of this video published in the YouTube? Who do you think benefit most from the video?
  7. What advice would you give to students and teachers when creating videos?

(Items 3 and 7 are highlighted because I think they are important. You are free to disagree.)

Discussion

We will discuss your thoughts about the presentations. You can either write them down on Padlet walls (10:10 section, or 11:15 section), or talk to the class directly (or get creative).

Reflection (individual work)

  • On your WordPress blog, create a new page for your stop animation. Embed the video in that page, and post your reflection on the same page.
  • Create a link in your Portfolio page pointing to the Stop Animation page.
  • You should consider the 7 questions above when writing the reflection (or justify why you choose to omit some of the questions).
  • We have Friday off so you have more time to work on the reflection. Although not a strict requirement, I expect at least 300 words. That’s about one page of a Word document.
  • I will still be in class on Friday in case you have questions.

For your convenience, the rubric for the entire project can be found here.

 

Day 28 Finalizing your animation

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our progress as of Mar. 28

You should be working on animating the pictures and adding narration (and background music). Considering that you need a relatively quiet space for the recording, if you decide to do it somewhere other than in our classroom, please let me know (lh81655@uga.edu).

Please refer back to previous days for instruction. The most important things to check for are:

  1. What content is your video teaching? Is it clear to the viewer? How can you make it more clear?
  2. Does your video tell a story? Are you sure? Who is the main character? What is the plot?
  3. Detailed Rubric.

Once you have completed the project, please upload the animation to the YouTube account: ouredit2000@gmail.com. The PW will be shared in class, and later sent to you via email (and DON’T change it, obviously). Also, make sure you sign out after uploading. Using this shared account for video viewing or other private activities may result in unexpectedly privacy issues for you.

You can view our channel here.

Day 27 Filming

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our progress as of Mar. 25

Please start working on your project as soon as you arrive. If you wish to work somewhere else, please let me know. Like Wednesday, I do not take attendance today.

Making props

You really should start filming today, but in case you still need to make more props, these guidelines are here for your reference:

KEEP IN MIND…

  • Your stop animation should be about 2 minutes.
  • You might need 100-200 pictures. If you have less than that, your project will be very slow.
  • You have to have a voice-over for your project. Background music is a plus. If you use a background music, be sure that it is not louder than your voice-over!
  • Your stop animation should teach a topic in a very engaging and effective way. Remember to address the content according to your grade level (make sure it matches a Georgia Performance Standard or Common Core State Standard)

Today’s task: Taking pictures

!!! What will your set look like? It is really important to have a good background. You may use two pieces of foam core or a cardboard box!

The first step is taking pictures. For the video shooting you have two options;

  1. You can take pictures with your camera or with iPads and when you want start editing your video, you can import your pictures on iMovie (on iPads or on your own computer)
    OR
  2. You can use an App called Stop Motion on iPads. If you want to use this App for filming,  take your pictures directly on this App.

ATTENTION! Please do not delete anything on the iPads provided to you!

STEP 1: Before you start taking all pictures, get familiar with your tool.

STEP 2: Then, check out a tripod from OIT in Aderhold 232. You just need your student ID. Do not forget to ask for a tripod mount for iPad.

STEP 3: Start taking all pictures.

Movie editing

Make sure you choose TWO Frames Per Second! Otherwise, you will need to have more pictures, which means you will have a lot more work than you should.

Things to check

  1. What content is your video teaching? Is it clear to the viewer? How can you make it more clear?
  2. Does your video tell a story? Are you sure? Who is the main character? What is the plot?
  3. Detailed Rubric.

See Day 23 for the project outline, the tentative schedule, and other useful information.

Day 26 Stop animation props

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our progress as of Mar. 23

Please start working on your project as soon as you arrive. If you wish to work somewhere else, please let me know.

Making props

Now, you are done with your storyboard and you have your materials so let’s start making the props!  You should begin filming your project no later than Friday so you’ll need to come to class almost ready to start taking pictures – with props ready to go.

KEEP IN MIND…

  • Your stop animation should be about 2 minutes.
  • You might need 100-200 pictures. If you have less than that, your project will be very slow.
  • You have to have a voice-over for your project. Background music is a plus. If you use a background music, be sure that it is not louder than your voice-over!
  • Your stop animation should teach a topic in a very engaging and effective way. Remember to address the content according to your grade level (make sure it matches a Georgia Performance Standard or Common Core State Standard)

Taking pictures

If you have finished creating the props, you should start filming.
!!! What will your set look like? It is really important to have a good background. You may use two pieces of foam core or a cardboard box!

The first step is taking pictures. For the video shooting you have two options;

  1. You can take pictures with your camera or with iPads and when you want start editing your video, you can import your pictures on iMovie (on iPads or on your own computer)
    OR
  2. You can use an App called Stop Motion on iPads. If you want to use this App for filming,  take your pictures directly on this App.

ATTENTION! Please do not delete anything on the iPads provided to you!

STEP 1: Before you start taking all pictures, get familiar with your tool.

STEP 2: Then, check out a tripod from OIT in Aderhold 232. You just need your student ID. Do not forget to ask for a tripod mount for iPad.

STEP 3: Start taking all pictures.

Movie editing

Make sure you choose TWO Frames Per Second! Otherwise, you will need to have more pictures, which means you will have a lot more work than you should.

Things to check

  1. What content is your video teaching? Is it clear to the viewer? How can you make it more clear?
  2. Does your video tell a story? Are you sure? Who is the main character? What is the plot?
  3. Detailed Rubric.

See Day 23 for the project outline, the tentative schedule, and other useful information.

Day 25 Storyboard (continued)

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our progress as of Mar. 21

This is the 3rd day of our Stop Animation project. Let me know if you have questions or concerns.

Here is the video intro (again) to stop animation, and here’s the written guide (again).

Creating your storyboard/script

Today you will work on your storyboard (and script). See previous post for more information about storyboards and previous examples.

After you finish your storyboard, one of your group members should submit it by email (my email: lh81655@uga.edu) if you haven’t done so already. The deadline is 11:59 pm, Monday, Mar. 21.

Creating your props

Today you should also plan how you will make your props. After working on your storyboard, talk about who will collect what for your props.

Check out what we have available in our cart. There are free book covers in the Curriculum Materials Library (207 Aderhold) for you to make collage with. Make a list of resources that you will need and share responsibilities!

For Wednesday start collecting resources as needed for stop animation props: clay figures, construction paper, models, scissors, colored pencils, other art supplies–bring them to class.

!!! What will your set look like? It is really important to have a good background. You may use two pieces of foam core or a cardboard box!

You will have time to finish creating your props on Wednesday and you should begin taking pictures for your project on Friday. You’ll need to come to class with resources to make all props on Wednesday and be almost ready to start taking pictures – with props ready to go after Wednesday’s class.

KEEP IN MIND…

  • Your stop animation should be about 2 minutes.
  • You might need 100-200 pictures. If you have less than that, your project will be very slow.
  • You have to have a voice-over for your project. Background music is a plus.

Your stop animation should teach a topic in a very engaging and effective way. Remember to address the content according to your grade level (make sure it matches a Georgia Performance Standard or Common Core State Standard)

See Day 23 for the project outline, the rubric, and the tentative schedule.

 

Day 24 Storyboarding

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our progress as of Mar. 18

This is the 2nd day of our Stop Animation project. Let’s start with questions and concerns.

Do you want to listen a general explanation from an expert? Here is the video!

You can check out this guide before creating your storyboard.

Creating your storyboard/script

Today you will work on your storyboard (and script).

A storyboard is a sequence of drawings, typically with some directions and dialogue, representing the shots planned for a movie or television production. What will be on the background? What will we hear? What will we see?

You do not need to draw screens (It will be fun if you do!) but you should plan what props and narration you will include in different screens.

Create your storyboard on as a Google Slide, add a slide for each sequence, work on your Google slide collaboratively. (You can also create your storyboard as a Google Doc, if you find it more useful). Alternatively, just use pen and paper (in which case scan or take a picture of it to turn it in).

Two simple storyboard examples: Example 1 | Example 2

After you finish your storyboard, one of your group members should submit it by email (my email: lh81655@uga.edu). The deadline is 11:59 pm, Monday, Mar. 21.

What’s next

The following instructions are for next week, but just case you wish to skip ahead, they are here for your reference:


 

Today you should plan how you will make your props. After working on your storyboard, talk about who will collect what for your props.

Check out what we have available in our cart. Make a list of resources that you will need and share responsibilities!

For Monday start collecting resources as needed for stop animation props: clay figures, construction paper, models, scissors, colored pencils, other art supplies–bring them to class.

!!! What will your set look like? It is really important to have a good background. You may use two pieces of foam core or a cardboard box!

You will have time to finish creating your props on Wednesday and you should begin taking pictures for your project on Friday.  You’ll need to come to class with resources to make all props on Wednesday and be almost ready to start taking pictures – with props ready to go after Wednesday’s class.

KEEP IN MIND…

  • Your stop animation should be about 2 minutes.
  • You might need 100-200 pictures. If you have less than that, your project will be very slow.
  • You have to have a voice-over for your project. Background music is a plus.

Your stop animation should teach a topic in a very engaging and effective way. Remember to address the content according to your grade level (make sure it matches a Georgia Performance Standard or Common Core State Standard).


 

See Day 23 for the project outline, the rubric, and the tentative schedule.

Day 23 Introducing stop animation

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our progress as of Mar. 16

Project introduction

We watched a full TED talk presented as animation. We created our own visualizations to represent ideas in our readings. Over the next two weeks and a half we are finally going to create our own animations–stop animations!

What is stop animation? Stop animation, simply put, is just an animation technique.  You move the objects and take pictures of each move and then you edit all the pictures by using some software.

Before you start working on your story and script, you should have already watched a few examples, such as this music video (I know this is made by professionals. We are not expected to be that good. But who knows!)

Here are some examples created by previous students: Water Cycle | Food Chain

You can read more about stop animation here.

Project outline

Step 1. Find good partners–creative, responsible, similar schedule, easy to meet with…

Step 2. Choose a topic. Come up with an idea for your video (make sure it matches a Georgia Performance Standard or Common Core State Standard). The best topics are ones that show cycles, systems, formulas, strategies, processes, etc.

!!! By only watching your video, students should be able to learn the subject. So make sure you have clear target learners and clear learning goals; You will need to describe these when you submit your project.

Step 3. Brainstorm and create a storyboard for your video.

Step 4. Decide what props and equipment your group will need. Work on building props.

Step 5. Take pictures of your props. You can check out a tripod in OIT, Aderhold 232. In case you want to use your phone, you need a tripod and connecting cords so that you can download your pictures to a computer.

Step 6. You can use mini iPads and stop animation app. If you did so you can move on Step 7

If you used your own camera and want to use iMovie (you should have it on your own laptop), you should import the pictures to iMovie. To see how to use iMovie, click here.

Step 7. Edit and animate your pictures. Add narration and music if necessary.

Step 8. Once you’ve finished your videos – “share” them to our class YouTube account. The login information will be announced in class.

Step 9. Share the YouTube link with your group.

Step 10. Each group member should add their stop animation to their portfolio page.

Step 11. On the page, embed your stop animation video and write a short description about the video and the project in general (check the rubric!!!).

Things to check

  1. What content is your video teaching? Is it clear to the viewer? How can you make it more clear?
  2. Does your video tell a story? Are you sure? Who is the main character? What is the plot?
  3. Detailed Rubric.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 (Wed, March 16) – Group formation (3-4), select one topic and research

Day 2 (Fri, March 18) – Start working on your storyboard

Day 3 (Mon, March 21) – Submit detailed storyboard (scripts for voice-over, order of content), start developing props resources for props.

Day 4 (Wed, March 23) – Develop props, take pictures

Day 5 (Fri, March 25) – Finalize taking pictures, begin filming

Day 6 (Mon, March 28) – Finalize filming and publish to YouTube

Day 7 (Wed, March 30) – Sharing and discussion

FAQ

  • How long should this stop animation be?
    • It should be about 1-2 minutes. A few students created longer animation before, but I don’t expect you to make long animations.
  • How many pictures do we need?
    • You might need 100, or maybe 200 pictures.  One group set up a record for about 1400 pictures. You should take more pictures than you need! The more images you have, the smoother your movie will be!
  • Do I really need a tripod?
    • Most groups regret that they didn’t use the tripod after they completed the project. They got a lot of blurred images. Some of them even needed to retake the footage.
  • Do I really need background music?
    • Not necessarily. It’s up to you. But you have to have a voice-over! You should narrate the events and the information you organized in your script.

Day 1 tasks

We’ll worry about the tools we’re using to make the videos later.  For now you just need to:

  1. Gather a group of 3 or 4 classmates.
  2. Choose a topic that matches either a Georgia Performance Standard or a Common Core State Standard. Once you have decided your topic, post it on Padlet (10:10 section or 11:15 section).
  3. Brainstorm some ideas for your video. What will you show?
  4. Plan your story.
  5. Think about what props and equipment you’ll need.
  6. If you still have time: Start creating your storyboard.

During our next class, you’ll have the entire class to finish up your script so before that do some background knowledge research for your topic and then brainstorm some ideas!

Preparing for Friday

  1. Tell me who your group members are through email (lh81655@uga.edu).
  2. Your 3rd Genius Hour post is due today (Wednesday, Mar. 16) at 11:59 pm.
  3. Keep thinking about your storyboard, look for creative ideas!
  4. Please share contact information with each other just in case something comes up.