Creativity and Innovation: Stop Animation Day One

March 25, 2014 § Leave a comment


We have discussed traits of creative people, quality and quantity of creativity, and how to foster creativity in school.

Some traits of creative people can be considered weird behavior.  As a teacher, do you think that you can tell who are creative kids in your class?  Do you think that you are prepared to help those creative kids?  Let’s watch this video of a creative girl.

Creativity Cases

Which options did you choose to do for creativity cases? What questions do you have about creativity cases?

Each of the 2 cases you choose must be accompanied by written documentation (3-4 paragraphs, 200 words) that relates your project to the assigned readings (maker spaces, creativity definitions, Grow Creativity article.)  Review each case description for details of what should be included.

LINK: Details of creativity cases are found here. 

Make Creativity Cases page on your portfolio. Add a description of each case you are doing and add a link to your product along with written documentation.

Creativity Cases are  Due Thursday, April 3 at the beginning of class.


Stop Animation

Today we begin our MakerSpace project: Stop Animation.

For the next 3 days of class, we’ll be working in groups to create stop animation videos.


For the next 3-4 days of class we’ll be working in groups to create Stop animation videos.  Watch one from a previous semester on the water cycle.  Let’s watch another one on the solar system. Now, read more about Slowmation videos here.


What is stop animation? Stop animation, simply put, is just an animation technique.  You move the objects little by little and take pictures of each move and then you edit all the pictures by using some software.  Let’s take a look at a few examples.  (I know they are made by professionals.  We are not expected to be that good, but no sloppy work please.)

Amazon Kindle Commercial

XBox Commercial

Do you really want to watch student examples? I would you rather not.  I don’t want you to settle on the minimum requirement. I want you to go above and beyond and do something extraordinary.

If you must, here is a couple from a previous semester:

  • The Evolution of Gaming

on the  water cycle and  solar system.

Now, read more about Slowmation videos here.

To create the stop animation infomercial, you need to at least do the following things.

  • Find good partners– creative, responsible, similar schedule, easy to meet with…(this project will take a lot of time and effort…so I will suggest that you work with at least one partner).
  • Plan: What are you going to make? What is the message you want to convey through your stop animation?
  • Think about the materials–  what kind of materials you need to make this stop animation
  • Make the background and props.
  • Take pictures with iCreate and turn your photos to a movie.
  • Add sound, background music…etc.
  • DONE!


  • How many people can be in a group?
    Since this project requires your creativity, effort and time, get into a group no more than 3.
  • How long should this stop animaiton be?
    Usually, it’s about one or two minutes.  A few students made longer ones before.
  • How many pictures do we need?
    You may need only 200 pictures, or maybe 300.  One group set up the record for about 1400 pictures last semester.  TAKE MORE THAN YOU NEED!  The more images you have, the more smooth the film will be!
  • Do I really need background music?
    It is not required, but music adds great value.


TODAY: Getting Started on Your Video:

1. Gather a group of 2 or 3 classmates.
2. Come up with an idea for your video (make sure it matches a Georgia Performance Standard) The best topics are ones that show cycles, systems, formulas, strategies, processes, etc.
3. Plan your story: What message is your video conveying? Who is the main character? What is the plot?
4. Decide what props and equipment you’ll need. You can be the prop like the Amazon Kindle commercial.
5. Start writing your script.

For the next 2 days:

Stop Animation Day 2 (March 27th): On Thursday, you’ll have the entire class to make your props and organize whatever is needed for filming. You may start filming with iCreate.  Remember which iPad you used (There is a number on the iPad and the protection cover.)

Stop Animation Day 3 (April 1st): On our third day,  you’ll have the entire class time available for filming your project.  You’ll need to come to class ready to film – with props ready to go. You’ll need to take 200 or more still images to make a decent length slowmation video iCreate makes it very easy to create stop animations. You should finish filming your project.

Be sure not to delete anyone’s projects.  If your team has already finished the project, you may leave early or work on your creativity cases.



1.Read Shively, C.H., (2011). Grow Creativity. Learning & Leading with Technology. 38 (7), pp. 10-15.  You can access the reading here. The article is in the Learning and Leading May 2011 issue.

2. Come to class ready to start building your props: clay figures, construction paper, models, scissors, colored pencils, other art supplies

3. Be sure to work on your cases. You will want to get a good start on at least one project and its documentation before you return to next class.



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