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Using Animation To Engage Students In Narrative


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  • 1. Using Animation to engage students in Narrative
    Craig Snudden
    Rel.Sydney Region ICT Consultant
    Sydney Region Public Schools
  • 2. 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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  • 3. 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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  • 4. So what’s more engaging? This..
  • 5. Or this?
  • 6. What will it look like in your classroom or school?
    Pedagogies (
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  • 7.
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  • 8. 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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  • 9. 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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  • 10. 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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  • 11. 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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  • 12. 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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  • 13. 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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  • 14.
  • 15.
  • 16. 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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  • 18. 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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  • 19. Other Animation websites you can use
    Animate Clay
    Clay animator free download
    Monkey Jam - free download
    Boinx from 49.
  • 20. Helium Frog
    Flux time studio – free
  • 21.
  • 22. 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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  • 23. Cineliteracy
    And if it seems too hard!
    Learn with the students, be a facilitator.
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  • 24. 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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  • 25. 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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  • 26. Free and easy to use websites
    Fix8 fun webcam website Narrative example
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  • 27. 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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