ERIC Number: EJ1054723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Combining High-Speed Cameras and Stop-Motion Animation Software to Support Students' Modeling of Human Body Movement
Lee, Victor R.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v24 n2-3 p178-191 Spr 2015
Biomechanics, and specifically the biomechanics associated with human movement, is a potentially rich backdrop against which educators can design innovative science teaching and learning activities. Moreover, the use of technologies associated with biomechanics research, such as high-speed cameras that can produce high-quality slow-motion video, can be deployed in such a way to support students' participation in practices of scientific modeling. As participants in classroom design experiment, fifteen fifth-grade students worked with high-speed cameras and stop-motion animation software (SAM Animation) over several days to produce dynamic models of motion and body movement. The designed series of learning activities involved iterative cycles of animation creation and critique and use of various depictive materials. Subsequent analysis of flipbooks of human jumping movements created by the students at the beginning and end of the unit revealed a significant improvement in both the epistemic fidelity of students' representations. Excerpts from classroom observations highlight the role that the teacher plays in supporting students' thoughtful reflection of and attention to slow-motion video. In total, this design and research intervention demonstrates that the combination of technologies, activities, and teacher support can lead to improvements in some of the foundations associated with students' modeling.
Descriptors: Biomechanics, Human Body, Motion, Science Instruction, Educational Technology, Video Technology, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Animation, Teaching Methods, Observation, Teacher Role, Reflection, Technology Uses in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
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