Today we made a quick stop motion video for a project presentation to the rest of class this Friday. A group of us, incidentally all primary teachers, chose to think about how we can use technology, particularly mobile technology and apps, more effectively in the primary classroom. We decided to go with the theme of producing a cross curricular topic focused around stop motion videos on local environmental issues. This process would involve several lessons; with research, learning about stop motion, outdoor learning, script writing, storyboarding, preparing props, filming, editing and writing the whole process up all forming integral parts of the project.
Here’s what we came up with as an example video which may come out of this process, although I have no doubt whatsoever that plenty of kids in classrooms around Scotland could do a better job than we did. We made our video to think about how litter might affect others in Scotland.
We spent the afternoon yesterday storyboarding the movie and preparing our props for the video using paper, tissue, card and foam to set the scene. This morning we actually made the video using our props and the Motion App for Android. Once we had got that together I edited it up using iMovie to crop it down and clean it up; and included its music by selecting from the royalty free stock music which comes included in that program. Here’s the final result from that editing process to compare to the initial movie above
The entire process of filming and editing took about 3 and a half hours (including an intensely annoying fire alarm break in the middle) and despite the fact that it isn’t the best stop motion I’ve ever seen, I’m still pretty proud of the result. There’s definitely promise in going through this process with primary children, and I think there’s so much scope for personalisation, variation and rich child led learning in it that this is something I’ll definitely try out with a class in future. Obviously the logistics of doing it with 24 children as opposed to 5 postgrads would take some working out, but I’m sure with a bit of work we’ll get there, eh?!