Stop motion is an animation technique that physically manipulates an object so that it appears to move on its own. By moving it in small increments and taking a photograph of each frame, when the images are played together the illusion of movement is created. It is easy for both primary and secondary students to create stop motion animations and they can enhance learning across all subject areas
In our session, we focussed on numeracy and how students can demonstrate mastery of different topics. We used the free apps of iMotion and Lego Movie Maker as both have their own benefits; iMotion is easy to create a stop motion animation that can then be dropped into iMovie and combined with a voice over, sounds, other video clips etc., whereas Lego Movie Maker does it all in one the one app which our delegates thought might be more appropriate for younger students, but perhaps more limiting for older students. Delegates had fun experimenting with the apps and creating resources to use in their schools the very next day.
Lego is a brilliant tool to use for stop motion animation, but playdough, random objects or even paper can all produce brilliant effects.