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Purpose for implementing SAM in the classroom.

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    • Using Animation to engage students in Narrative
      Craig Snudden
      Rel.Sydney Region ICT Consultant
      Sydney Region Public Schools
    • NAPLAN Criteria
      The assessments made against the criteria provide a comprehensive picture of each student's skills. Specific criteria will give information about students’ abilities to:
      understand the sense of audience and the engagement of a reader as they write
      understand and use text features of a narrative
      organise texts in a meaningful way using a variety of sentence structures, appropriate sequencing and text connectives to control the text
      use typical grammar features of writing
      use a range of language choices including literary devices such as similes, metaphors and personification
      create and craft ideas and themes in a narrative
      develop and portray characters
      develop and maintain a setting and sense of atmosphere appropriate for their narrative
      spell and punctuate
      For all the NAPLAN CRITERIA
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    • So why animation? It seems so hard
      Highly engaging
      Highly motivating
      Using technology as a tool
      Integrating technology into your existing program.
      Empowers students, decision making skills
      Group work
      Meets all the NAPLAN writing criteria
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    • So what’s more engaging? This..
    • Or this?
    • What will it look like in your classroom or school?
      Pedagogies (
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    • It is not something extra to teach – it is a tool
      This the literacy/writing session
      Yes, teachers become set in the way they teach literacy.
      Filming is the final step (groups may work during other lessons)
      Works best in small groups. How many animation stations in each classroom. 1?
      Kinder – maybe a buddy system??
      Create a group of student ‘experts’ to share K-6
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    • Collaboration:
      Tips for Effective Collaboration:
      Alternate between assigning students to groups and allowing student to select group members themselves. Allow students to choose what their roles in the group are. Possible roles include:
      Character developer
      Prop and Set designer
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    • Keep group sizes small for effective management. Set ground rules for being in a group.
      Allow in-class time for group meetings and planning, and make yourself accessible to groups.
      Explain that disagreement within group discussions can be beneficial as a tool to foster creativity.Have groups share final projects with the entire class and invite critique.
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    • Multi-level teaching
      Multi-level teaching an effective strategy for:
      Creating the opportunity for a dynamic, engaging and active learning.
      Encouraging all participants to develop skills not only with the medium but also in communication and interaction. Promoting collaboration and dialogue.Underscoring the fact that everyone involved can be both teacher and learner.
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    • Peer Tutoring
      Animation offers an opportunity for student-to-student learning to take place and hence shows students that they can learn from peers.Provides a chance for students to get to know and work with each other.
      Offers an opportunity for demonstrations, expansion and elaboration on student understanding.Provides positive benefits to students’ cognitive and social skills (both tutors and tutees) and can create benefits for the teachers as well.
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    • Analysing Animations – Critical thinking
      What is the main idea or concept communicated by this animation?
      What techniques does the animator utilize to communicate this idea?
      How did the choice of film technique impact your perception of the theme?
      Which part of this animation is the most interesting to you? Why?
      If you were creating an animation on this same theme, what techniques or images might you incorporate?
      Can you think of any other examples of animation that address this same concept, either from this perspective or from another?
      Give an example of an animator or animation that uses the same medium or technique that you just viewed.
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    • Storyboarding
      The animations must be carefully planned
      Use NAPLAN writing criteria in their planning
      Students will rush to start filming
      Demonstrate good and bad animations. Youtube,
      Small groups of 3 or 4
      Kinder? – A buddy system works well
      A huge list of storyboarding resources
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    • The Grammar of Television and Film
      SAM Animation
      Free download on PC and Mac
      You will need a webcam and microphone (stu’s podcast on podcasting)
      ‘I Can Animate’
      Extremely user friendly, Mac users can upload into iMovie.
      Unfortunately about $80 depending on exchange rate.
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    • Other Animation websites you can use
      Animate Clay
      Clay animator free download
      Monkey Jam - free download
      Boinx from 49.
    • Helium Frog
      Flux time studio – free
    • Creating a set
      Backdrops can be simple. Dolls houses, garages, posters work well.
      Students will need time to film, they may take up to 1000 pictures.
      At least one session, half day? Full day?
      Those “chaos days” work well
      Students will need time to edit
      Finished products can be put on dvd sent home
      Upload to a video hosting website?
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    • Cineliteracy
      And if it seems too hard!
      Learn with the students, be a facilitator.
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    • Digital Storytelling
      Another tool for use in the classroom to achieve outcomes writing.
      In General, combining the art of telling stories with any of a variety of available multimedia tools, including graphics, audio, video, animation and web publishing.
      Can be on any text type.
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    • Why use digital stories
      An effective learning tool for students
      Research skills
      Writing skills
      Listening skills
      Speaking skills
      Organisational skills
      Technology skills
      Presentation skills
      Interview skills
      Interpersonal skills
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    • Free and easy to use websites
      Fix8 fun webcam website Narrative example
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    • Questions?
      For education websites you can look at
      The Sydney Region Website – SR School Technology
      Forums (register)
      2009 top 100 tools for learning
      Follow me on Twitter @c_snudden
      See all my educational bookmarks on www.delicious.comc_snudden
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