Next week I am introducing animation to my third and fourth grade students using a free program called Pivot Animator: It can be found here. Pivot Animator uses stick figures with pivot points as a way to move them. What I like about this program (other than being free) is it simple to use and allows for basic customization. You could have your students create their own backgrounds and objects with Photoshop or other image editing programs or import pre-made images from other sources. Once they have created their animation it can be saved in the .gif format. I will upload their creations to my school website for their parents to view at home.The website does offer a help file and FAQ for support.
The ISTE standards I have identified are:
|1.a: Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
1.c: Use models and simulation to explore complex systems and issues.
6.a: Understand and use technology systems.
6.d: Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
The objectives I stated in my lesson are:
|The students will:|
* understand that animation is created through a series of images (or ‘frames’) that are run in quick succession
* depict movement using simple flip-book techniques (via software)
* be able to define basic animation
I will share some of my students artifacts in a couple weeks.
Let me know if you use the program and how!
Check out the game I created with the Hour of Code!
Click here to play!
Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi.
The Hour of Code is coming!
I am preparing for the Hour of Code this December. Last year I spent one week testing the waters with select grades. This year I am including grades 2-4! This will include over 500 students! I will be spending 3 weeks of class (90 minutes total) using the K-5 curriculum provided by Code.Org. We will spend another 2 hours in the Spring. You can check out the curriculum by clicking here.
Code Studio is also offering a free professional development workshop for one day in cities across the United States. To find one in your area, click here. I have signed up and received approval by my school district to attend. Please consider registering!
“We welcome elementary school teachers to sign up for a free, high-quality professional development workshop led by Code.org K-5 Facilitators, who are experienced computer science educators. Workshops last 6-7 hours and will prepare you to teach the Code Studio courses for grades K-5. Attendees will also receive free classroom supplies to teach the course.”
Please leave a comment if you are going to use the curriculum and/or attend their Code Studio Workshop!
If you are 50 years old or older, the majority of you may be familiar with the device we call the typewriter. I found a video where a “geek” combines both technologies of yesterday with today. Its a really neat concept. I hope you enjoy watching it, as I did.
The USB Typewriter
$8.99 app free today!
Link to App
Worksheet Wizard is a fantastic app for teachers and parents, who are working with young children, children who are not verbal, have difficulty writing, or are ESL. This app presents its created lessons on colors in many formats and difficulty levels. The app is extremely customizable and allows for material to be adapted to meet the user’s needs. This app allows for data tracking for 5 different students, and setting to be adjusted for each user. Also, you can create your own custom worksheets on any subject in a matter of a minute. You use your own photos, and write your own questions to cover whatever topic you need. You set the number of questions and answers, and it is very easy.
I found an interesting website which I am currently testing as I write this. The website is called PlanBook.com.
The features are great. The site provides drop down menus that include Minnesota (and other states) Common Core Standards. I teach technology and I can access ISTE standards too. First month is a free trial. You are not required to enter credit card information unless you decide you want to purchase it at the end of your trial. The price is reasonable – its an $11 a year subscription. It doesn’t hurt to check it out. Please let me know if you are going to use it. 🙂