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ERIC Number: ED468664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 7
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Using Animation and Interactivity To Enrich Reading and Writing Activities.
Gladhart, Marsha A.
In the hands of inspired teachers, computers can provide opportunities for creativity and interaction that add new excitement to learning. PowerPoint and HyperStudio are just two examples of computer software that are frequently used by students to share knowledge and develop communication skills using multimedia. Publishing their work with the computer motivates students to proofread and edit, enabling students with weak skills to polish their work. Animation is also gaining in popularity in classrooms as teachers discover inexpensive software and digital cameras can be used to present student projects. Using software like Animagic Gif Animator (Right to Left Software) to animate graphics or digital cameras to create clay animation, teachers and students can work together to dramatize stories and build transitions from pictures to text. Working with animation requires children to use critical thinking skills to analyze characterization, build visual discrimination, think spatially, and determine orientation of objects and sequence of events. Writing new dialogue or captions to accompany an animation requires students to work with language to produce brief description captions or engaging dialogue. Some suggestions for classroom activities involving animation are: create the animated story of an historical event with captions to reinforce and check comprehension; create animations from time-lapse photos to illustrate a concept or process; animate a virtual tour to illustrate a concept or to develop knowledge; create animated sequences and add to PowerPoint stories that require users to choose what happens next; work in groups to create animations of book chapters to show understanding of plot and sequence; and work in collaborative groups to develop a story board, record narration, and select and insert sound effects for any story. (Contains 13 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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