Using iPad Stop Animation within Primary Education

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I have mentioned in previous blog posts that my favourite education app is the Camera app. Any app that then talks to the camera app makes it a more powerful and widely used app. One of my favourite examples of this is I Can Animate. It allows pupils or teachers to take a series of photos and then the app plays the photos as a video.

Firstly this can be used to inspire creativity as pupils can make inanimate objects move, such as Lego and plasticine by making subtle movements for each photo. What’s nice about this app is it keeps an ‘Onion skin’ image each time so pupils can see where the previous photo was when lining the camera up.

At school we have used I Can Animate more for science than any other subject as we are able to capture processes. Here are a few ideas:
Take a photo each day of a seed growing and then watch the seed grow as a video. Videos of seeds growing in different conditions can be played side by side using the Split screen feature in iMovie app.
2. Take a photo every 5 minutes of different materials absorbing water. I Can Animate also includes a time lapse feature where it will automatically take photos at intervals predetermined by the user.
3. Using the the time lapse feature, capture a shadow moving across the playground.
4. Put a bird feeder outside the classroom window and record animals visiting. This video can then be used for data handling.
5. Record the weather outside the window. I can animate include a speed tool so you can condense longer videos.

Most of the time we only have one iPad in the classroom so the teacher can share the videos with pupils as a shared resource in Dropbox or Showbie.

Brian Romero Smith‘s insight:

Check out these great uses of stop motion video for Science classes. I truly enjoy  Stop motion video lessons as it provides  wonderful analytical problem solving situations for students.  When I conduct digital storytelling lessons, students display their critical thinking skills more often for me when using stop motion video, especially when using Legos. 


Introducing Early Years Pupils to Music Creation on the iPad- April 2014 Blog Post

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In Key Stage 2 we use the Garageband app considerably and the pupils have mastered it well, often using it in conjunction with other apps such as iMovie. However, in Reception/Year 1 there seems to be a gap between the overly simple music apps created for that age group and the complexity of Garageband. Year 1 are able to create recordings in Garageband but layering instruments can sometimes be a skill too far. Year 2 were able to do this but only with a lot of support. 


This term I have been using the ‘Toc and Roll’ app with Reception/Year 1/2 as an introduction into Garageband. It allows pupils to choose their instrument and then uses a drag and drop method for them to place a range of different musical phrases into each track. The volume of each track can be changed and effects such as reverb can be added.


It is effectively a simplified version of Garageband but the pupils do not play any virtual instruments. However they can use this app to learn about the process of mixing music before jumping into Garageband. I particularly like the voice recorder which divides each recording into smaller phrases.


The only negative I can see at present is the sharing features are quite limited. The user can upload to Youtube or save within the app itself but it is missing an ‘Open-in’ tool to save to an external storage app for assessment.


If you are working with younger pupils then ‘Toca Band’ makes a good intro to Toc and Roll as pupils can add band members playing different instruments to a stage where they all play simultaneously.


However, the pupils in Year 1 have enjoyed using it and I feel more confident they will hit the ground running with Garageband.

Brian Romero Smith‘s insight:

I’ve been looking for a prerequisite app for students whom will eventually use GarageBand in both our Tech and Piano classes.  

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

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In our emerging digital world, a new medium of exchange has developed: online engagement, especially via social media. Effectively engaging online requires a myriad of skills that we strive to foster in school – effective written communication, brevity and civility. These components are often highlighted in Digital Citizenship programs, but in tradition-bound K12 education, we often deride social media as trite or ineffective.

Brian Romero Smith‘s insight:

Are you digitally literate? Teaching our students online discernment is vital to using digital literacy content in the classroom. 

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