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.
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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.
At Box of Light Studios, creative thinking is king. Providing children ages 6-14 with an environment for creative learning, Box of Light features classes designed to teach students animation, film, comics and more, fostering necessary skills such as collaboration, problem-solving and communication. Innovative software iStopMotion is used in these animation classes because of its user-friendly interface.
Although iStopMotion can be used for many different formal learning purposes in the classroom, sometimes the best things come from little to no guidelines at all. Nicky Bourgeois, a homeroom teacher at NIST International School in Thailand, allows students some “personalized learning time” during the day, or as she calls it, the “Wonder Workshop.” During this free time, students are able to explore classroom tools and activities that might go unused during the day.
Stephanie Cardarella, educator in the Lake Travis Independence School District, recently thought of a new way to end one lesson – through Claymation! When her class was finished reading the novel they had been working through, Stephanie instructed the students to pick their favorite scene and recreate it using iStopMotion. The short results are cute, creative and collaborative!
In Katie LeFrancois’ classroom at Richmond Elementary School in Richmond, Vermont, the science of iStopMotion runs rampant – and it’s been a big help in her curriculum!
Dawn Feather, an iStopMotion veteran, is back at it! In a previous blog post we detailed how Dawn and her colleagues are using iStopMotion at InspirED Workshops and why they chose the innovative software. Dawn and her colleagues are back at it again, this time at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, UK.
Hether Hoffmann is an art teacher at Quest Academy in Palatine, Illinois. A school for intellectually gifted children aged preschool through eighth grade, Quest Academy offers an average ratio of one teacher for every seven students, making smaller classes with tailored curriculum easily achievable. Part of Hether’s focused art curriculum includes technology integration, allowing her to bring iStopMotion into the classroom for a seamless learning process.
When Mount Ousey Public School teacher, Felicity Fitzpatrick, discovered that her 7- and 8-year-old students were gifted writers, she felt dissatisfied that no one would get the chance to see their work. To address this, she implemented iStopMotion into the classroom to give her students’ writing real purpose and a more refined audience.
At St. Joseph County Library in South Bend, Indiana, patrons are able to experience much more than just traditional book rentals when they stop by for a visit. Studio 304, a digital media lab located within the library, comes fully equipped with the necessary tools and technology to produce print, audio and video projects, and is accessible to all library cardholders age 14 years and older. Among the many programs and applications available at Studio 304 is iStopMotion for iPad.
Imagine a place with an unlimited number of LEGOs. How would your kids (or you!) react? Imagination Station brings this dream to life for fans of the small brick toy: they have created a free LEGO play center where you are only limited by your imagination. In addition, Imagination Station offers classes designed to help students express themselves creatively with LEGO while engaging with iStopMotion to produce their own short movies.
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
Craig Lauridsen has a great collection of books and other resources available. "iPad Animation" contains over 275 pages of instruction, tips, examples and flow chart diagrams so you can master stop motion - fast. "Creating a Stop Motion Story" is a straightforward step-by-step guide to creating a story-driven stop motion movie. Craig also covers creating the right sound track for your movie and features a DIY iPad stand.More Info...
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)Read more...
The Animation Starter Kit by the Animation Chefs is a collection of 1-2 minute videos that cover the basic secret recipes animators have used for the past 100+ years. Each lesson comes with downloadable worksheets that makes following the instructions super easy.Get the Kit...
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.More Info...
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.More Info...
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.More Info...
Let’s Animate, takes creativity one frame at a time, using animation as a spark for self – expression, imagination, story telling and most of all fun film making. Whether it’s a school workshop, community project, or children’s animation birthday party, Let’s Animate is sure to have everyone creating their very own animated movies. With Let’s Animate – Your Show is always about to begin….More Info...
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.More Info...
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Secure your iPad in the iPad Animation stand specifically designed for stop motion work. It holds the iPad vertical and in a range of upright angles. Suitable for iPad, iPad Air and iPad mini. Available as a laser cutting file with a license to make your own – personal or educational use.More Info...
iStopMotion for iPad 3 includes support for the Flic Smart Wireless Button. Using a button allows you to capture frames without touching the iPad and risking to move the camera, avoiding jerking in your video. The Flic button is also quite useful beyond iStopMotion.More...