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INTRODUCTION TO USING ANIMATION FOR LEARNING

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About learning and animation

Animation offers alternative ways for learners of all ages to create their own texts regardless of their literacy abilities.  Using visual languages children, young people and families can explore and communicate their own narratives and those of others. The animation process offers a stimulating environment to develop a range of skills for learning, life and work, particularly digital and creative skills such as: open-mindedness, imagination and problem solving as well as a range of social skills such as working together.

STEP has produced a series of introductory videos to make animation easy whether at home or in other learning settings. The videos were inspired by the work of Gypsy/Traveller pupils from STEP’s national animation projects supported by Animation Jam. The pupils drew on their own lives and interests as well as the outdoor environment. Learn more about Gypsy/Traveller culture and the potential of animation for storytelling by watching the pupils’ film about their Traveller lives, The Two Fires.

How to use animation for learning

A SIMPLE VIDEO INTRODUCING THE WORLD OF ANIMATION

This introductory video was designed to inspire and educate teachers, families and young people on how animation can be used as a tool for learning.

Simple animations can be done using an iPad or a smart phone.  There are many apps available including Stop Motion Studio.

If you are inspired by this video then please visit our full video series ‘Literacy and storytelling through animation’ where you’ll find a range of other resources including animation basics, creating artwork, how to animate in 2D and 3D and how to blend animation and outdoor learning.

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