Stop Animation

Creativity and Innovation Project II: Slowmation

For this project, you will create a stop animation video to teach a particular process or system (e.g., photosynthesis). The slowmation video is one of the tools that can support creativity. It provides students with a unique way to express their understanding.

Watch slowmation videos from the previous semesters:

A video on the water cycle
A video on the solar system

Step 1. As a group of 4 classmates, come up with an idea for your video (make sure it matches a Georgia Performance Standard). The best topics are ones that shows cycles, systems, formulas, strategies, processes, etc. Make sure you consider GRADE LEVEL, SUBJECT, and GEORGIA PERFORMANCE STANDARD when your group decides the topic.

Some example topics include

  • The food chain
  • The digestive system
  • The Pythagorean Theorem
  • Photosynthesis
  • Metamorphosis of a butterfly

Step 2. Brainstorm and create a storyboard for your video.

Step 3. Decide what props and equipment your group will need. Work on building props.

Step 4. Take pictures of your props. You can check out a camera and 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 5. Import the pictures to iMovie.

Step 6. Edit and animate your pictures. Add narration and music if necessary.

Step 7. Once you’ve finished your videos – “share” them to our class Youtube account. The login information will be announced in class.

Step 8. Share the Youtube link with your group.

Step 9.  Each group member should create a “Stop Animation” page in their portfolio.

Step 10. On the page, embed your slowmation video and write a short description 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?
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