C&I: Design Stop Animation


1. You should’ve received your mid-grade from me, if you submit your gmail address here. If you haven’t please contact me. Again, only you and me can view the each Google sheet.


  • Do you have any example about how your teachers encourage you to be creative?  What kind of things can you do to help students think creatively?  How can you boost students’ creativity?
  • Let’s watch two videos from Sir Ken Robinson discussing how schools are killing creativity, here and here.
  • There is a school in Hall County, GA called DaVinci Academy. This is really a dream school for both students and teachers.  No principal.  Only 10 teachers and 240 students.  They were having the museum exhibition about Africa and Egypt last spring semester.  Students do the research, set up the exhibition and explain everything to visitors all by themselves.  The students don’t have textbooks and the teachers create their own curriculum…this made parents a little bit concerned and worried in their first year.  However, the test scores from their students proved that they can still achieve the goals and all the standards.  They try hard to tell people that creativity, critical thinking, and high motivation…etc, can still be emphasized in the current education system.


For the next 2 weeks you’ll be developing a better understand of the ways that technology tools can support creativity for learning. For us, we need to remind that the ISTE Standards addresses creativity and innovation:

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.


a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.

b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.

d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.


For the next 2 weeks you’ll be developing a better understand of the ways that technology tools can support creativity for learning. You’ll be completing 1 project and 1 reflection.

For the next 3 days of class we’ll be working in groups to create Stop animation videos.  Watch one from a previous semesters on the continent, on the Drought, on the Hunger & Thirst, and the solar system. Now, read more about Slowmation videos here.



We will spend the next few class periods creating stop animation videos as part of a second grade classroom Science lesson for an inner city elementary school located in Los Angeles, California. As students attending The University of Georgia, one of the leading national universities in the country, can you imagine how awesome it would be to give second graders from a inner-city school a completely different learning experience by creating videos that are educational, but meaningful at the same time? Collaboration with college friends from the opposite end of the country will definitely be memorable for years to come.

One of the state standards for the class year is to understand the idea of Earth revolving and sustaining. I thought it would be great if we can share our knowledge to help second graders understand better two topics: the Water Cycle, and Recycling.


Click here to view the details about the Stopanimation Project

  • Today, you’ll have to finish up your script, and organize whatever is needed for next classes and submit your storyboard via Twitter
  • Tuesday, Mar, 24th, you’ll make all of your props.
  • Thursday, Mar 26th: you’ll begin filming. You’ll need to come to class ready to film – with props ready to go.
  • Tuesday, Oct 31st  you’ll complete filming and publish to YouTube


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

  1. Find good partners (3-4) to work on this project. You can work by yourself but I would suggest you to work with at least one partner.
  2. Choose a topic and sign-up here. Come up with an idea for your video (make sure it matches a learning goal and California Standard.
    • 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.
  3. Plan your story. Brainstorm and create a storyboard for your video. This website, kdmc, can give you some rough ideas about storyboarding.  Write a script to complete your voice-over. 
  4. Decide on props. Plan what props and equipment you will need.
    • Remember the beauty of doing Stopanimation is to create an educational resource with limited numbers of props by using technological effects.
  5. Twitt (@polibell, #EDIT2000chang #OER) your group’s plan with a picture of your storyborad
    • What content is your video teaching? Is it clear to the viewer? How can you make it more clear?
    • Does your video tell a story? Are you sure? Who is the main character? What is the plot?


1. Start collecting resources needed for stop animation props: clay figures, construction paper, models, scissors, colored pencils, other art supplies – bring them to class on Tuesday.

2.  If you’d like me to print the photos you would like to us, send it to me via email by Monday before 3PM. Otherwise, bring the photos to class as well by Tuesday.


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