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Five Little Ducks

The video clip Five Little Ducks is a stop-motion animation which preschool students made in class. The target students are preschool students. As an exercise in counting the numbers backwards, the children learnt the nursery rhyme, 5 little ducks, so it was with great enthusiasm that they agreed to animate the ducks. The stop-motion animation was produced and entered in the MEDEA Awards 2008 by Miriam Schembri of the Fgura Primary School in Malta.

You can also find a description of the project in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/five-little-ducks

The Big Myth

The Big Myth is an interactive, community-building learning website and CD-ROM, presenting a collection of 25 creation myths from around the world using Flash animation, storytelling, sound and music. It is available in English and Dutch and designed for group learning for ages 7-14. The myths themselves are the central focus of the site, but the entire environment is made up of six sections, including a Teachers Guide, Discussion Forum, Write Your Own Creation Myth area and Library, making it a fully-integrated educational website that fits in with religious studies or world cultural program of the common international curriculum, as well as within ancient history or even remedial English or Dutch language classes.

You can also find a description of the project in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/the-big-myth

Toporopa - train your brain with geography

This fun website includes educational quizzes about Europe and geography. You can test your geographical, political, historical and economical knowledge about Europe in animated quizzes that are focussed on the European map, for instance: pin the correct name to rivers on the map, find the European countries, ...

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Sonja Snoek

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Pixton

Pixton introduces Click-n-Drag Comics™, a revolutionary new (patent-pending) technology that enables anyone to create comics on the web. Pixton uses all elements from fully posable characters to dynamic panels, props, and speech bubbles, allowinf for every aspect of a comic to be controlled in an intuitive click-n-drag motion. Pixton Comics has won numerous awards for this technology.
It offers products for fun (discover, share, and create comics, comic books, contests & discussion forum), for schools (a visual writing tool for all subjects, personalized & private environments, aligned with curriculum) and for business (storyboarding tool).

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Clive Goodinson, President Founder and Creator and Daina Goodinson, Director Co-Founder Pixton

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Xtranormal

Xtranormal is a website that hosts text-to-speech based computer animated videoclips, featuring animated three-dimensional characters speaking in monotonous computer voices. Users who log into the site may create videos by scripting the dialog and choosing from a menu of camera angles and predesigned characters and scenes. Xtranormal videos may also be created through an interface on the Youtube web site. Xtranormal's animation software, called State, may be downloaded free and run offline. Xtranormal launched in October, 2008, originally intended as a way for filmmakers to quickly produce storyboards, but its emphasis shifted towards satires of workplace misbehavior.

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for State: Minimum: Windows XP Service Pack 2, 1GB of RAM. 64 MB 3D Video Card with DirectX 9 and Vertex Shader 1.0 support. 1.8 Ghz Single Core Processor. Recommended: Windows 7, 2GB of RAM, 128 MB 3D Video Card with DirectX 9 and Vertex Shader 1.0 support (or better), 3.9 Ghz Single Core Processor or 1.5 Ghz Dual Core Processor For Movie Maker: Browser

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Making Movies with Moviestorm, A guide for schools

This manual is meant for schools to learn to use Moviestorm, a 3D animation software (see the resource http://www.media-and-learning.eu/resource/moviestorm). Moviestorm enables the user to have a full virtual production of a movie, from conceptualisation to production and distribution. You can create and customise 3D sets and characters and film from multiple angles.

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- How to Use This Book

- Making Your First Movie
- Roles in Your Movie Crew
- Suggested Team Organisation

- Making the Most of Moviestorm

- Before You Start Filming

- Creating Your Film with Moviestorm
- Production Designer
- Director
- Editor
- Sound Designer

- More Information
- Glossary of Terms
- The Traditional Movie-Making Process

MakeBeliefsComix - Create your own educational comic

MakebeliefsComix is a US based site that offers teachers and others resources and ideas on creating educational comics. It has also been recognised by Google and UNESCO as one of the world's most innovative websites in fostering literacy and reading.
MakeBeliefsComix has recently launched a new version of its website with added features to enrich the experience of students as they write, read and tell comic strip stories online.
A teacher’s guide is available, and the site can be used in Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and even Latin as well as English.

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Easy Claymation Animation Techniques Using iStopmotion

Clay animation or "claymation" is a form of stop motion animation in which characters, props and/or the decor is made from plasticine clay (or something similar) so that you can manipulate the characters to "move". If you take pictures of the different stages of the movement and then quickly show all the pictures after each other, you have an animation of your characters' movements.

This post provides an overview of the possibilities of the animation application iStopmotion, you can download and buy from http://boinx.com/download/#istopmotion.

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1. Source
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3. Recording Mode
4. Time Lapse
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3 Epic Classroom Created Animations and Films

This blog post introduces and gives a good example for each of the three broad creation types you see in teaching film and animation technique in schools (live action realism film, stop motion animation and finally rotoscope animation). Each technique features story telling at the core but uses very different creative and planning skills.

All of the films mentioned in the blog post have been created by CCEA Moving Image Arts students who study the course at Wallace High School.

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