That is the question!
Some teachers may argue the benefit of playing with something before really applying it to learning. After all, there is so much curriculum to get through and playing around with an App would be wasting valuable 'learning time'. My argument is that there is so much value in playing and tinkering with something new.
In the past few weeks, I have been working with a grade 5-6 class learning how to animate in three different ways:
- Vector Animation (using DoInk for iPad)
- Slide show Animation (using Keynote for Mac)
- Stop Motion (Stop Motion Studio for iPad)
The teacher I was working with decided that it would be best for the students to see the capability of each application before setting the big animation project (to animate a property/principle of air). We spent 9 lessons of about 1 hour to learn our way around each app. This included mini lessons, playing, sharing and giving feedback. This idea worked out so well and both of us teachers were blown away by how well the students did.
Here are some examples of some of the work our students completed during this tinkering time:
DoInk Animation & Drawing
Keynote for MacThe video below is a video montage of a few different keynote animations.
Stop Motion Studio Pro
The following animations videos were the students first attempts and playing around with Stop Motion Studio.