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Using animations in the classroom

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Web tools for creating animations are great communication tools which enable students to be creative in expressing their knowledge and understanding through words, pictures, animations and audio. Creating an animation to explain a concept allows students to develop higher-order thinking skills (see Bloom’s digital taxonomy) and long-term project planning related skills. Creating an animation requires students to havea good grasp of the content. It also requires them to plan their animations, create storyboards and
make a timeline. It is a way to for students to learn with technology and for literacy to be meaningfully embedded in all subject areas.

There are many options for creating animations. Two of these options are Xtranormal and GoAnimate. Xtranormal and GoAnimate has been used by Merrylands High School students for two years. Xtranormal is now also available as a free app on the iPhone and the iPod Touch.

xtranormal

xtranormal

Below is are step-to-step guides forGoAnimate that can be used by staff and students.

How to use GoAnimate

Note that GoAnimate is unblocked for Stage 5 and 6 students. If you’d like to use GoAnimate for Stage 4 students please speak to Alice Leung to have access to an educator account.

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