pink-camera-animatorAnimator is one of the tools apps available for free from the LearnPad content store. It is found in the LearnPad tools category. This can be chosen as a favourite and your learners can access it in any lesson profile. This will be explained to you during the training. In one of her video tutorials, Hannah says that this is a very simple stop motion animation app and there are so many ways you can use it in the classroom. Your learners can use it in combination with Story Starter or by using their own toys to create animations of stories they create, or capture time lapse of anything that moves or grows very slowly. Learners can also use clay or “Plasticine” to create their own models and use them in their own storytelling.

Starting is very simple. One click of an icon is all it takes to get going. All the apps have been chosen precisely because they are simple to use by your 8 year olds. At this stage we do not need a stop motion software to create a Wallace and Gromit animation. Although the principles are the same, your learning objectives are not.  Remember that the idea is to have your learners create stories or document an event with simple apps. You do not need complicated software to achieve a creative project. The focus should remain on the learning process rather than on learning how to use the app for its own sake. The first frame is set and captured by clicking on the pink camera icon. This step usually comes after a discussion among peers about the storyline, characters involved and scene setting which really is part of your lesson planning. This can be any lesson ranging from language acquisition and practice in either Maltese or English to mathematics, religion, science, music, social studies or art. Thus a simple storyline will involve literacy skills, art and sequencing of events among a multitude of other skills.  

Like most stop motion software, the app has a feature called onion skin. Lovely bit of vocabulary to discuss with your learners here. Why do you think it is called onion skin and what is its purpose? This is useful when a slight change is made to a frame. The almost transparent image will show the difference between any two frames when a character in the scene is moved. As a teacher, and not as a movie maker, your role is to stretch your students with challenges that you might not even know the answer to. Do not worry. Learn together with your students. You may be teaching your student a valuable lesson and encouraging them towards critical thinking.


Published by Emmanuel Zammit

Emmanuel Zammit is an educator. Started his work experience as a teacher in 1976 and taught in State Primary schools, in the special education sector and in State Secondary school where he taught Technical Design and ICT. He served as a Secondary schools ICT support teacher, Assistant head master in a primary school, Education Officer for eLearning, Assistant Director and since 2013 serves as Director for Digital Literacies. In 1981 Emmanuel Zammit earned a BEd and completed with distinction further studies in ICT and Education Diploma from the University of Malta. A higher diploma was earned in Online education from the University of London in 2000. In 2008 Emmanuel Zammit earned a Masters Degree (Distinction) in ICT and Education from the University of Leeds. Emmanuel Zammit is a member of the EU Creative classrooms Lab and Chairperson of the Pedagogical advisory group to MEDE’s ICT steering Committee. In 1982 coauthored and illustrated a textbook for primary school children Lejn il-Missier and 1991 published the textbook for secondary school 11 to 12 year olds on Technical Design. Published various short articles in local religious magazines (Vexillina & Regina et Mater). In 2005 Emmanuel coauthored an automated testing system (SSr) for ICT students and won the NICTAA 2006 for SSr (National ICT Achievements Awards). Emmanuel Zammit won the Best Illustrator 2006 for a series of books covering Maltese culture and in 2007 placed first out of 564 European teachers and won the EU e-Learning Award for the Best ICT Practice. In 2014 and 2015 published two papers one on Digital Literacy and the other on Positive Behaviour in an Online Environment. Before retiring in 2019, Emmanuel and his team managed to implement the National roll out of Tablets to all schools in Malta and restructured the Digital Literacy Directorate. Emmanuel Zammit is married, a grandfather and lives in Mosta Malta.

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