Posts Tagged ‘animation’

PostHeaderIcon Japan, Earthquakes, and Tsunami’s

BrainPop Jr and BrainPop have several free videos on Earthquakes and Tsunamis that might aid your discussions with students.  The videos are approx. 6 minutes or so and ideal for younger and older students.  It can sometimes be quite helpful to pare down events into their component parts.  There are also some great activities that you can use along with the videos.  Check back often as there are always new free videos and there is even a BrainPop App.  You can find them from the links below:

BrainPop Jr Fast Land Changes (Grades K-3)

BrainPop: Earthquakes (4-9)

BrainPop: Tsunami (4-9)

PostHeaderIcon Kerpoof


Kerpoof is a unique little tool that does a lot of things.  I really like the fact that there is an educational account freely available and you can manage student accounts.  Creating a teacher account is very simple.  You actually create a regular account and then link that account to a teacher account releasing the Teacher tools here.  This is ideal because many sites do not understand the management aspect of using these sites with classes.

According to the website, “What is Kerpoof? The answer to that is not so simple. Kerpoof is all about having fun, discovering things, and being creative. Here are just a few ways that you can use Kerpoof:”

  • Make artwork (even if you aren’t good at drawing!)
  • Make an animated movie (really! it’s easy!)
  • Earn Koins which you can trade for fun things in the Kerpoof Store
  • Make a printed card, t-shirt, or mug
  • Tell a story
  • Make a drawing
  • Vote on the movies, stories, and drawings that other people have made

Another great part of Kerpoof is that younger students as well as older students can use it.  The buttons and such are easy to use yet are very powerful for older students.  The animation is unique and a bit easier than Xtranormal and Scratch.  The environment is safe and welcoming to students.  The pen under the picture creator is a bit more forgiving than many paint-type programs.  Interestingly, when choosing colors it works a bit like paint.  So you cannot go directly from brown to yellow.  Each click will lighten the brown until the user achieves the color and shade the user desires.  Undo is unlimited which is nice when trying to create an art piece.

Educational Link:  Overall, I like this program and it could be used for digital storytelling and any number of tasks that included artwork.

PostHeaderIcon Go Animate! For Schools

Go Animate!

I recently discovered (thanks iLearn Technology) Go Animate! for Schools.  Educators can sign up for an account with 100 student accounts.  A really great part of the site is its interactivity.  The site has a lesson gallery for teachers.  The site includes music and easy drag and drop manipulation.  The site uses computerized voices to create characters.  The backgrounds are varied and give students the ability to be creative.  The characters style does not include arms and legs.  It is an interesting style and I wonder if that makes the characters easier to animate.  The free account for teachers includes the following features:

  • A single teacher account gets unlimited access to all GoAnimate4Schools features, The teacher can also post animations to GoAnimate4Schools public gallery.
  • Make animation up to 2 minutes long
  • Upload own music
  • Text-to-voice and voice recording

A non-school version of the site also exists in which students could sign up from home.  You are, however, limited to the following conditions for this account:

  • Make cartoons without drawing anything
  • Create your own cast of characters
  • Limited to 2 mins / animation
  • Famous characters from Star Trek, It’s Happy Bunny, and Street Fighters
  • Upload your own voice and soundtrack
  • A great community of animation fans

PostHeaderIcon Animation


This is an animation tool which states, “if you can type, you can make movies.”  There is an education version of the site.  One can use a downloadable version or online version.

This is a Text-to-Movie (TTM) which gives you many different “showpaks” consisting of two actors (avatars).  The user writes the script and drags action icons into the script (camera angles, facial expressions, gestures, and animations).  The voices are monotone, but it is quite fun and the results are unique and amusing.

Educational Use:  Book trailers, movies of any kind, review of historical events, informational videos, etc.

PostHeaderIcon Animation 2.0

Zimmer Twins

This Web 2.0 tool is ideal for the elementary level.  Nothing to download and it is possible to use the site without a login.  In order to save animations, you must create an account.  You can create a movie from scratch or use one of the movies as a starter.  There are 4 types of actions:  speech bubble, actions, close-up clips, and star actions (such as Later that Day).  This is a free product with additional features opened if you create a paid account.

Do Ink

This Web 2.0 tool is a more complex tool than Zimmer Twins.  This will allow users to create their own animations from scratch.  There is a clip art library and the ability to free hand draw animations.  The tool is very easy to use and even has 2 tutorial videos to explain its use.  Think of it as a web based Photoshop Lite Animation tool.  Not as complex as Fireworks, but it can do a lot of the same things for images.  Also a plus, this is a Java-based product rather than Flash.


A little bit of both of the two tools I mentioned previously. It is a next generation animation tool which uses Flash.  It is for the older users due to the graphics used.  You do not need an account to use the tool.  It is limited in the backgrounds, animations, and characters that are available.  However, it is easy to use and can be completed rather quickly which is nice as a filler activity.

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