Stop-Motion Education

I’ve spoken before about my love of gifs (Gifs in Education – Why they work). The immediacy, brevity and repetition of them make them perfect for taking a complicated idea and communicating it quickly and simply.

Unfortunately I’m not much of an artist so drawing my own animation is not an option. But Stop-Motion animation is something I love to do.

  • Set your scene
  • Take a photo
  • Move some stuff
  • Repeat

I find this process strangely meditative and consider it a hobby, not work. Here are a few of my attempts.

Do your students need a reminder about why πœ‹ is “3 and a bit”? (if you don’t see anything below, wait a little longer… loading…)

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Or why the area of a circle is 2πœ‹r2?

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Here’s the basis of a full lesson on finding the area of a trapezium. Students learn the formula but often aren’t sure why it works. This stop-motion gif gives them options and lets them choose a derivation to explore.

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This brings me to my latest stop-motion project, a little animation of pythagoras theorem in action. I made this after losing a game of blokus to my partner.

pythagoras-gif

How to get started?

If you or your students are on PC or mac and would like to get started making stop motion movies with no fuss I’d recommend Β JellyCam.

If you’d like a chrome extension with no frills but works, try Β Stop Motion Animator.

Both of those programs make videos, not gifs. If you like gifs, you can convert them using makeagif.

If you’re feeling confident, want a little more control and have access to Photoshop, feel free to try using this method instead.

Stop-Motion Education. Give it a crack, you might just like it.

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