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Experiments in Animation -- and Free Lessons in Digital Media Tags: media lesson plans stop motion animation lessons tecnology

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My son recently bought himself an inexpensive camera and has “suddenly” developed an interest in stop-motion animation. He’s been filming a series of short animations featuring his main character, Joe, in a number of situations, some of them unfortunate (an elephant walks over him; he gets attacked by giant spiders). Joe always turns out okay, though, demonstrated by his signature bow at the end of all the sequences.

Rudimentary in structure and decidedly non-educational in content as these first forays are, I wouldn’t want to kill my son’s enthusiasm by attempting to get him to make his creations more instructive (eg. Joe as Crispus Attucks getting mowed down by a bunch of Lego guys as British officers at the Boston Massacre). I think I’ll just see where his imagination leads and find some material that may help him to develop his interest further if he likes.

Coincidentally, I recently came across a site that provides free lessons and suggested projects for kids using different forms of digital media. At Adobe Youth Voices, there are lessons for audio and video production, digital photography, graphic and web design, print production (which includes things like book publishing and creating posters), and a section on how best to showcase your work. There’s also a section on animation, and one of the subcategories is stop-motion animation. There’s a stop-motion handout with some tips about the process, a video tutorial and some project ideas that look like they could be helpful.

Any of you using digital media for projects? 


Free World Geography Download
Category: Social Studies
Tags: world geography lessons

​Knowledge Quest  ​is offering its free Globalmania ​world history e-book. Globalmania is a seven-month program, with each month broken down to  four weekly lessons. Links to online games, puzzles, and quizzes are provided, as well as color world and continent maps, labeled and unlabeled. You can download the entire ebook, or just the parts you want.

Fun Sites To Help With Writing Tags: composition lesson composition lesson plans english composition english grammar lessons writing prompts lesson plans writing

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Here are some sites that may be useful for teaching composition and grammar in fun and interesting ways that can engage even a reluctant writer.

PicLits ​They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Use this site to inspire creative writing with picture prompts. Choose a photo and drag and drop nouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, or your own words to write descriptive sentences and paragraphs, and create a "PicLit" you can share with others. There's a section called "Learn It" with suggestions on how to improve sentences and build up to paragraphs, and how to read poetry and write with figurative language.

ZooBurst ​Do your kids like pop-up books? At this site, they can create their own 3-D, interactive pop-ups. Select characters and props from a database and the site creates a book that can be viewed from different angles, with clickable items and pop-up chat bubbles for characters.


Myths and Legends ​At this site, not only can you read and view folklore from around the world (Pandora's Box, The Snow Maiden, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight), you can create your own using the Story Creator. There's also a teacher section with lesson ideas.

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