Creativity and Innovation – Day 6

Stop Animation – Editing + Narration Day

Today, we will finish up taking pictures for the footages of your video. Once you finish taking pictures, you’ll want to import them into iMovie (or whatever tool you want to use). Here are the brief steps of how you import the pictures to iMovie:

  1. Connect your camera to a laptop and copy them to the desktop (or any other place that you can easily access).
  2. Open iMovie.
  3. Create a new project.
  4. IMPORTANT: we want to turn off default zoom (Ken Burn effect – Do you remember Ron showed this?): Go to File<Project Properties (and click the “Timing” tab in the top left corner, if you use iMovie version 10 or below). In the “Initial Photo Placement” drop-down menu at the bottom of the window, change the option from “Ken Burns” to “Fit in Frame.” If you skip this step you’ll have a zoom effect on every picture you import into your video and it will look terrible for this project!
  5. Drag your pictures to the project you just created.
  6. Now, you are ready to edit your animation!!

Also, remember what we talk about the copyright issue.  If you want to use some background music, make sure that you are not breaking the rule. You can find royalty free music websites on the Resources page.

Once you’ve finished your videos – “share” them to our class Youtube account.  I’ll have the login and password available in the classroom.

Once your video is uploaded, share the youtube link with your group. Then, each group member should create a ‘Stop Animation’ page in their portfolio. On the Stop Animation page, embed your slowmation video (I’ll show you how you can do this.) and write a short description (2-4 paragraphs) about the video and the project in general. In your description, please respond to the following:

  1. Which grade level is your video targeted at?
  2. What is the subject?
  3. What is the topic of the video?
  4. What Georgia Performance Standard does your video address?
  5. How might this video help students to understand the concept?
  6. Do you think this idea is good for students’ creativity development?
  7. What do you think are the merits of student-generated educational videos?
  8. What advice would you give to students and teachers when creating videos?

For Wednesday,

  • We will finish up the stop animation project. I will set this day as an independent group workday. You can work anywhere comfortable but I will be in the classroom in case your group decides to work in the classroom.
  • Please make sure you share your finished stop animation video to our class YouTube Channel. Also, each of you complete the stop animation page on your Google portfolio. Follow the directions above for posting your final product.

Friday before the class is the stop animation project due. We will watch your masterpieces during the class (with popcorns)!

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