ERIC Number: EJ1049416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
A Rationale for Teaching Technical Animation Fundamentals
Thornton, Michael G.; Thornton, Timothy R.; Ernst, Jeremy V.; Clark, Aaron C.
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v73n4 p32-36 Dec 2013-Jan 2014
Technological advances continue to reshape the skill sets necessary for students to succeed both in the classroom and in the workforce. The ability to communicate information verbally and graphically can be viewed as a necessary skill that should be developed in a secondary technology education curriculum (Silva, 2008). This article outlines a potential method for instructing secondary technology education students on how to become effective communicators using 3-D modeling and animation tools. "3-D modeling tools can be used to create representations of systems, which can then be manipulated to represent processes" (Clark, Wiebe & Shown, 1996). Effective communicators should be competent at conveying concepts and ideas that are difficult to comprehend in such a manner that the information is presented clearly and without confusion.
Descriptors: Fundamental Concepts, Animation, Technology Education, Secondary School Science, Computer Simulation, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Software, Courseware, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Science Process Skills, Hands on Science, Knowledge Representation, Computer Literacy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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