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ERIC Number: EJ874324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0816-9020
Computer Generated Cartoon Animating with Upper Primary Students: Texts that Cross the Modes
Vincent, John; Rizzo, Jan
Australian Educational Computing, v20 n2 p35-38 Dec 2005
In this project, narrative was constructed by Grade 5 students using learning technologies (cameras, computers and multimedia software) through three-dimensional cartoon animations, or "claymation", and the creativity that emerged was at times startling. Narrative need not be interpreted narrowly and monomodally. It emerged that narrative can be constructed with far more than words. When narrative text produced by students used multiple modes of representation, including images, animations and sounds, many things changed. There is some evidence from previous studies that indicates that creativity is enhanced with the crossing from one representational mode to another, and the current project also found that to be true. In addition, it became clear that the experience of constructing the animations enhanced the way that the students understood the nuances of multimodal texts and made the producers more critical consumers. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 5; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia