Friday, January 10, 2014

Stop Motion Animation with MyCreate App

Have you ever tried clay animation with your kids? In the past, I have used iMovie to create stop motion animations with my students and the process was always quite lengthy. The MyCreate app, created by iCreate to Educate, makes the process entirely painless. My third graders were able to create independently in minutes!


About the App

MyCreate makes it easy to create videos using their split screen user interface. As students snap pictures and move the objects, the "onion peel" screen helps students to visualize exactly how much they have moved the object. In the other screen, students can line up the objects and take pictures. There is also a handy "preview" feature for students.

In addition to the stop motion setting, there is also a time lapse setting, which I haven't explored yet, but I can see using in the classroom. It would be fun to monitor something like ice melting or something morphing- or even eggs hatching. Anything that you would want to see over time.

About the Life Cycle Project

To get started, I gave my kiddos a quick overview of what I expected from the project by outlining specific vocabulary words to be used....

Then, I gave each of them a storyboard sheet. We discussed how movie makers use storyboards to plan their videos, so the kids planned out the main sequences of their videos. Kids also planned their backgrounds and the different props they would need.


After the planning periods, the real fun began. The kids had a blast using this app to create their own videos. Check out the finished projects in the video below. They have loved sharing these on their personal blogs, with parents, and during our open house event.


Have you used stop motion animation in your classroom? 
How could you see using this app in your classroom? 
Leave it in the comments!

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47 comments:

  1. I was recently introduced to My Create by one of my students. He loves doing Stop Motion Animation and thought it would be a great addition to our Wonder project that we made on Prezi. I had to agree. It turned out really great!
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