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No other movie making technique lets you tell your story as esily and quickly as stop motion movies. No need hunting for talented actors, building a stage or even writing a script. A bit of clay or a toy can be the instant star of your animated masterpiece. Both teachers and students benefit from using iStopMotion in the classroom.

Benefits for Students

  • Easy to use - Students learn how to use iStopMotion very fast. A project can be completed in as little as one session.
  • Immediate playback allows students to see their work developing which keeps them motivated and engaged.
  • Working in groups is easy and fun and fosters social skills.
  • Errors can be spotted quickly and fixed easily by using the live preview with the semi transparent onion skinning effect, allowing for playful experimentation without fear of failure.
  • Students can take pride in their work and share their movies with friends, family and other schools.

Benefits for Teachers

  • It’s easier to meet teaching objectives in literacy and STEM when students are engaged and motivated.
  • Easy and uncomplicated setup of the all-in-one iStopMotion for iPad with the built-in camera and screen is a cost effective and low barrier solution for stop motion movie making.
  • iStopMotion and in particular iStopMotion for iPad are designed with education in mind, for example with the support for WebDAV servers to enable easy sharing behind the school firewall without the need for YouTube.

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iStopMotion for Mac

iStopMotion is the award-winning standard for creating stop motion and time lapse movies on your Mac, equally loved by thousands of parents, kids, teachers, brickfilmers, pro animators and everybody with an interest in this fascinating movie making technique.

iStopMotion for iPad

Join many thousands of iStopMotion fans and enjoy the excitement of creating stop motion animations (AKA claymation or stop action movies) and time lapse recordings with the highly-rated iStopMotion on your iPad or iPad mini.

How Others Are Using iStopMotion

  • Engineering with iStopMotion

    by Code & Circuit

    Have you ever wanted to learn more about engineering? Check out Code & Circuit, located in Amesbury, Massachusetts, for all the scoop about computer science, coding and circuitry – oh, and iStopMotion, too!

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  • What’s In a Brickbuilder’s Toolkit?

    by Cary Memorial Library

    Cary Library uses iStopMotion as a part of its monthly Brickbuilder’s Club to document all sorts of LEGO and clay stop motion animation films. This year, the library hosted four different Brickbuilder’s Clubs, but the main event was the club for grades 3-5. Each month, students meet and work together to create iStopMotion videos of their choice to build teamwork and problem-solving skills.

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  • “My Favorite Thing is That It is Like Magic”

    by Rita Giannakakis

    Typically, it’s the teacher that teaches the students. In Rita Giannakakis’s class at Holy Family Catholic School in Australia, the “flipped classroom approach” is occasionally used, meaning that no teaching has to be done at first because the students drive their own learning. How does this work? One day, one of Rita’s students came to school and showed the class what he had been exploring at home – iStopMotion! After a discussion, Rita set him up to do a workshop with two other students because she believes that students learn best from each other.

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  • Learn the ABC’s of ISM at ABC

    by Jennifer Garcia

    Jennifer Garcia is an instructor and learning resources coordinator at Academia Britanica Cuscatleca (ABC) in El Salvador. Animation technology serves as an important learning tool for Jennifer’s students, as she has used animation as a story telling device with her seventh graders for the past eight years. Technology such as iStopMotion removes the clutter and confusion that can accompany producing such media, allowing students to focus more on the planning and creative aspects of their projects. Features such as the onion skinning tool and the addition of an audio recording option have streamlined the animation process for Jennifer and her students. She explains, “iStopMotion has allowed us to bring our animation work forward in leaps and bounds in comparison. I couldn't imagine running the animation unit without it.”

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  • How It All Happens in Time Lapse

    by Stacey Darpel

    One iStopMotion fan is using the program in a unique way, and it’s not exactly to create a project – it’s to document the steps it took to get there. Art educator Stacey Darpel builds iStopMotion time lapses of every stage of her projects so she can play them for her students before the beginning of a lesson.

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  • Let’s Get InspirEd!

    by Dawn Feather, InspirEd

    It’s time to get inspired. At InspirEd Workshops, located in the UK, students get their inspiration from a number of workshops run by artist Dawn Feather and her freelance colleagues. With workshops like film making, journalism and animation, it’s no wonder that Dawn’s students are making some of the best art we’ve seen. As for iStopMotion, it seems that we could sure use a lesson or two from them!

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  • Artists Creating Together Create New Skill Sets with iStopMotion

    by Artists Creating Together

    Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, ACT’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals with varying levels of cognitive and/or physical disabilities by encouraging them to creatively express themselves through art. The studio program regularly features classes such as open studio and community choir but recently held a stop motion film class featuring iStopMotion. The students produced short stop motion films which were then merged into one long film for the final class.

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  • Stop Motion, Live-Action, Claymation, Oh MY!

    by The Children's Museum of the Arts

    Looking for a fun way to educate the young people in your life about the fun of artistic expression through animation? Well, look no further than the Children’s Museum of the Arts! The CMA is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hands-on art programming to children throughout New York City. One of the many highlights of the Children’s Museum is the Media Lab, which is equipped with several Macs, laptops and even iPads with iStopMotion software!

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  • Shake It ‘Til You Make It!

    by Digital Harbor Foundation

    At Digital Harbor Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland, you’re encouraged to shake it up during Maker Camp, especially when it’s about making films! Maker Camp is DHF’s summer program, and it encourages youths from the 1st to the 12th grade to join different themed camps during school vacation and learn new skills such as 3D printing, electronics and film and movie making, which includes a session on iStopMotion that introduces the benefits of stop motion animation.

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  • When Adults are the Students

    by The NHC Public Library

    Libraries aren’t just for reading books anymore. Today, they offer almost everything a person could need, be it resources for job hunting, fun events for the family or group classes to pick up new skills. The NHC Public Library, located in Wilmington, North Carolina, shows off its appreciation for technology in a number of workshops, one being an iStopMotion animation class for adults.

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  • How to Get Eager, Animated Students with Assigned Reading

    by Amy Cobb

    Amy Cobb teaches sixth grade English at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she and her colleagues have discovered the secrets of making assigned reading a project that students will look forward to while developing practical collaborative skills along the way. She believes in the power of stop motion animation as an entertaining way of storytelling while enhancing learning in any classroom, and she uses iStopMotion for iPad to show how it can be applied to different subjects.

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  • Small Movements Make Big Changes

    by Norfolk Community Television

    Have you ever wanted to be on TV? At Norfolk Community Television in Massachusetts, adults and children can enroll in workshops to teach them how to be the face of their own public access show. One of the most popular student workshops is the Stop Motion Animation class, a program for children between the ages of 9 and 12 who want their final projects to be featured on NCTV’s channels. And guess what program they’re using!

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  • “The Revengers” Pits the Characters of Marvel Against Their Evil Twins

    by The Director’s Cut

    Ever wondered what would have happened if that genetically engineered spider had never bitten Peter Parker? Or, what if Ultron was interested in creating rather than destroying? “The Revengers,” created by The Director’s Cut with the help of iStopMotion, explores what happens when The Avengers meet their alternate, malevolent counterparts, including a benevolent Ultron.

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  • Going Bonanza Over iStopMotion!

    by Bonanza Educational

    At Bonanza Educational, it’s all about the next step. They use concepts like LEGO building, moviemaking, animation and even cupcake decorating to help kids learn while having tons of fun. Students get a kick out of using iStopMotion for many of the animation sessions, too!

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  • Celebrating Spring and Summer with iStopMotion at Churchill School

    by Wendy Semsel

    At Churchill School, a K-12 school for students with learning disabilities, alternative learning methods are celebrated, and teachers including Wendy Semsel work with students to spark the learning process in innovative ways. Among other programs, she chose iStopMotion for iPad as part of her curriculum.

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  • Rich Stachon and the Rising iStopMotion Art Superstars

    by Rich Stachon

    While most students are anxiously counting the days left until summer break, something special is happening in Rich Stachon’s art class. A teacher at Glen Crest Middle School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Rich uses iStopMotion to create short stop motion animations with his middle school students.

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  • Add iStopMotion to Your Resume!

    by Jason Sand

    iStopMotion is the perfect way to help younger children make the most of their technology-driven world, but it’s not only suited for beginners. Imagine handing a high school student the tools to create a stop motion animation when they’re on the cusp of entering the next stage of their life – the possibilities are endless! Jason Sand, a multi-media teacher in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, uses iStopMotion with his 11th and 12th grade students every day.

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  • Labs, LEGOs and Learning

    by easternblot

    Every student knows what it’s like to do science experiments in the lab for the first time. Lots of fun, lots of learning … and of course, lots of inevitable accidents! Youtuber eastern blot used the LEGO Research Institute set, some additional figures and bricks, and iStopMotion to remind us all of a typical day in the school lab.

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  • The Hare on the Hill

    by Alastair Nisbet

    During the Inside Out 2014 festival, an event commemorating artistic work, a large white hare appeared across a remote hillside on the South Dorset Ridgeway in Southern England. The hare, drawn with chalk, became one of the most iconic images of the festival. Photographer Alastair Nisbet loved artist Sarah Butterworth’s idea, and he decided to document the process by using iStopMotion to create a timelapse animation.

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  • Whipping Up a Snow-Muscle-Man with the Animation Chefs

    by Animation Chefs, Animation Chefs

    Our friends the Animation Chefs just put together the laziest ab workout ever - in the form of a sleeping iStopMotion-animated snowman!

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  • Storytelling With iStopMotion in a Million Different Visual Languages

    by Seaneen Watts

    Dinjerra Primary School in Braybrook, Australia, supports the learning needs of diverse students from the local area, and teacher Seaneen Watts uses a special method in her Grade 4, 5 and 6 classrooms: technology. She was interested in using iPad technology for storytelling, and when she found iStopMotion, she thought it would be a fun, engaging app that would allow her students to tell stories through play-based learning, without the barriers of spelling and writing.

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  • LEGO Kidsfest BRICKFILM Workshops 2014

    by Steffen Troeger & Cornelius Koch

    November 2014, Cologne, Germany: LEGO Kidsfest and Fanwelt – 2 Days, 3 iPads, over 130 kids having fun and checking out animation with LEGO bricks. Supported by golego animation, Steffen Troeger & Cornelius Koch.

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  • Working Together to Animate Water

    by Luke Dyer

    Luke Dyer teaches students from all over the globe, and one program in particular has inspired a special connection among his Year 5 students at the British School of Nanjing in China – iStopMotion. To integrate iStopMotion into his Nanjing classroom, Luke decided to take their science inquiry, looking at scientific processes surrounding water, to the next level.

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  • Direct Your Own Film With The Help Of The Director’s Cut

    by The Director's Cut, The Director's Cut

    The Director’s Cut began as an after-school program, and after its vehement success, it launched into the in-class field trip market to help fulfill the media literacy curriculum. The team at the Director’s Cut gives students the opportunity to work collaboratively with others in tons of different workshops, some of the most popular involving iStopMotion.

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  • Animating Kids: Sneeze

    by Animation Chefs

    See the latest installment of the Animation Chef's "Animating Kids" tutorial series, this time explaining how to animate the "Sneeze" realistically. The Animation Chefs work on 100 of these kinds of short animation recipes you can use at home or in the classroom.

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  • Vespiary – A Wasps Nest

    by Achim Breidenbach

    Achim's neigbours found an abandoned vespiary (wasps nest) in their attic in 2013 and let him cut it apart. Achim took a time lapse of the process with iStopMotion and created this video that shows the delicate precision with which wasps build their nests.

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  • The Animation Chefs are Getting Hands-On at the SXSW Playground!

    by The Animation Chefs

    Congratulations and many thanks are in order - the Animation Chefs have been voted into the SXSWedu 2015 program, thanks to fine folks like you! We're so incredibly happy for them and can't wait to see them showing the SXSW crowd how to make the most of an iPad and use animation as a means to learn.

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    by golego animation

    A rather bleak essay about the human condition and its effect on our future. Made for the STEINEREI brickfilm festival by golego animation. Third place by jury vote, second place by audience vote. Also watch the Making of...

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  • iStopMotion Fun with Origami

    by Aaron Brill

    Aaron Brill, a teacher at San Francisco Day School, discovered iStopMotion during the spring of 2013. The school had just integrated iPads into the curriculum, and because they wanted to explore a variety of apps for educational purposes, Aaron decided to try out iStopMotion in his classroom.

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  • AppSmashing with Different Apps and Different Minds

    by Adam Caplan

    St. Clement’s School in Toronto goes MAD over creativity – Music, Art and Drama, that is! Every year, the St. Clement’s Junior School holds a celebration called “A Little MAD Day” where the three subjects become interactive workshops for the students. This year, iStopMotion for iPad was featured as one of the workshop options.

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  • Imagine. Create. iStopMotion

    by Charlie Collier

    If you can imagine it, you can create it with iStopMotion. And now you can also save a lot of money: For a limited time, as part of the Mac App Store’s Explore Your Creativity promotion, iStopMotion for Mac is 60% off and iStopMotion for iPad is 50% off.

    Animation of this trailer by Charlie Collier. Music: "Monkeys Spinning Monkeys" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0

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  • Putting “Life in Motion” with iStopMotion and an eBook

    by Steven Caldwell

    “The key to my teaching,” Steven Caldwell says, “is the concept of play – learning through narrative play in interdisciplinary domains as a means to generate collaborative communities.”

    It was Steven’s ideas toward using media as an instructional tool that led him to discover iStopMotion in 2012, when he saw a year-three student using it for a project. Steven was asked to participate in the project the following year, so he took it upon himself to create a short iStopMotion portrayal of "Doctor Who," so he could better help his students understand how to use the program.

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  • Stop Motion Animation “By the Book”

    by Richard Campbell

    This year, Richard Campbell learned a new meaning of success when he invested in a bunch of iPad Airs for the students at his private English academy in Busan, South Korea. He found that his students became much more engaged when working with the iPads. Above all, they were truly enjoying what they were learning. To do this, the class began by discussing different parts of the book that would translate well into stop motion. Then, each student created his or her own storyboard. Once the storyboards were complete, the class learned more about operating iStopMotion as an app, as well as filming stop motion animation in general.

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Curriculum Ideas


  • Write a poem and then create a clay animation to explain or enhance it
  • Create a clay animation of a historic event
  • Illustrate vocabulary words, idioms, and more
  • Clay characters eat their lunch at a French Café while conversing in French for French class


  • Create an animation which demonstrates the concept of fractions
  • Use clay animations to demonstrate how to plot coordinates
  • Demonstrate with clay how concepts and equations are solved


  • Show the probability density of an electron in a hydrogen atom
  • Create an animation which demonstrates a plant's growth
  • Record changes in clouds
  • Observe the chemical dissolution of different metals in acids over time


  • Create characters out of clay, paint a background, model landscapes…
  • Promote art at your school by creating advertisements
  • Demonstrate how colors are combined
  • Time Lapse a piece of art as it is being created (e.g. painting, sculpture)

Time Lapse

  • A Day at Clayburn Middle is one of many projects created in Mike Haire's Digital Visual Arts class. 8th-grade student Cooper created it as part of a local video contest. He set up a HD Hero GoPro camera in different locations at the school one day and put the video together using iStopMotion and iMovie in just one day.

More Ideas

  • Watch living cells in time lapse movies
  • Observe ants feeding or tunnelling in an ant farm
  • Observe the growth of plants or germination of seeds
  • Observe how people use public spaces
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Resources for Education

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Creating A Stop Motion Story

Learn to create touching stop motion stories on the iPad with this straight forward step-by-step guide to creating a story-driven stop motion movie by Craig Lauridsen. Follow the easy template to improvise original stories. Take command of GarageBand app and record high quality sound on your iPad. Create the animation pictures in iStopMotion. Complete the movie by adding a title and credits in iMovie.


iPad Animation

Craig Lauridsen’s interactive iBook “iPad Animation” is the most comprehensive guide to making stop motion movies on the iPad. Learn how to weave together story, pictures and sound on the iPad with iStopMotion, iMovie and GarageBand. Now available from the iBook Store at the price of US$ 9.99.


The Ani-Mat Guidebook

This iBook by Mark Boylan illustrates the step-by-step process to create twelve amazing clay characters. Progressing from simple to easy and then onto tricky characters children and adults alike can soon craft a model to animate, ideal for the classroom or home. (US$ 9.99)



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Newtown Movie School

At Newtown Movie School in Wellington, NZ, iPad Animation author Craig Lauridsen provides fully interactive movie making programmes for children, age 9 to 15, who have an interest in creative hands-on movie making –- but just need access to equipment, know-how to get started, coaching and guidance, or want to work with like-minded children.

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Freshi Learning Online

FLO is interactive learning online, offering fun and innovative digital media programs via easy-to-follow, project-based instructional modules. Whether you’re a teacher wanting to acquire new technology and digital media skills, a home schooling parent seeking extra instruction for technology support or simply an individual passionate about digital media, FLO is for you. Freshi Media is also hosting workshops at schools around the US.

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Helen Animate

Helen Piercy's UK based Helen Animate Workshops are all about inspiring young people through storytelling, character crafting and fimmaking fun. Workshops take place in a variety of settings, including schools, museums, theaters and can be themed on anything imaginable.

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Let's Animate

Let’s Animate is a mobile creative animation workshop based in the Uk, offering tailored courses to a variety of community groups.

Whether you are seeking an animated children’s birthday party, animated school workshop, teacher training in animation or have an issue in the community that needs to be addressed, "Let’s Animate" helps everyone to animate their own shows:- Your show is about to begin…

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creativebug.com: How to Make a Stop Motion Video

Learn how to make simple yet sweet stop-motion videos at home with acclaimed photographer, Thayer Gowdy. In this class, Thayer breaks down the basics of stop-motion technology, demystifying how to determine frames per second, storyboard ideas, build successful sets, and troubleshoot problems.

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