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Digital Storytelling

This wiki page lists various interesting resources related to digital storytelling in an educational context. It lists books, (media) resources, examples of stop motion & other techniques, as well as student-created stories.

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Animate, Play and Learn English with Bubble and Pebble

“Animate, Play and Learn English with Bubble and Pebble” was created in 2010 by Kindergarten students of the Terakki Foundation Schools in Turkey (http://www.terakki.org.tr). The children were given the chance to create their own learning/teaching materials, combining their English, IT and Animation skills, and toshare the result with children from all over the world.
They drew and coloured the two main characters, the boy Bubble and the girl Pebble, the game backgrounds and objects. As the children have been learning how to animate pictures in their animation lessons, they animated the pictures of the digital games, putting together the drawings as frames of a stop-motion animation. The children recorded their voices in English, thus practising their pronunciation in English.

Their IT teacher then put the recordings and the animations together to design the digital games, which help players reinforce the topics the children have learned in English class: colours, numbers, shapes, clothes and fruit. Not only did the children improve their artistry skills and foreign language skills but they also learned how to bring life into the characters they drew. They also learned that a computer can be used for play as well as for learning English, while they also improved their basic computer skills such as using the mouse and keyboard.
Playing their own games, the pupils can practice their English skills further and are more motivated in English class. Although created for kindergarten students, these games can be used in lower primary classes as well, according to the curriculum and the level of the students. This material will be further improved and will be used in English classes in the following years as well as in different lessons and classes. The teachers of the Terakki Foundation Schools plan to create more games on different topics which will be dubbed in Turkish, French and German.

A more detailed description of the project is available in the Showcase on the MEDEA Awards website: http://www.medea-awards.com/showcase/animate-play-and-learn-english-with...

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

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.

Table of contents: 

1. Source
2. Orientation and Noise Control
3. Recording Mode
4. Time Lapse
5. Controls
6. Timeline Editing
7. View
8. Composition

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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