Our Tech Ed teacher would like to do an animation unit. What app/programs do you recommend?
Wowza . . . that's a tough one. I haven't really ever thought of animating anything before, so I wasn't even sure where to go with this one. The first thing that popped into my mind was those little flip books I used to make as a kid, where I would draw a stick man who slowly changed position from page to page along the bottom edge of a notepad so that when I put my thumb on the corner of the pad and let the pages fly, he would look like he was moving. Usually my stick men met disastrous ends when they would jump into empty swimming pools or mysteriously lose their limbs, but I digress.
That fun memory made me remember a really cool Google Slides video I once saw, where someone had created a 450-Slide presentation for a Demo Slam, then turned it into a YouTube video (which now has nearly 2 million views).
That little ditty reminded me of a sixth grader from whom I was fortunate to learn last year - in fact, I've written about him here before, when I was first realizing the power of Google Drawings. He created a presentation that not only included some really imaginative DRAWINGS that he whipped up in that tool, but he then used the Web Clipboard to bring them into Slides and make them move - DANCE, even!
I suggested this tool to Linda, but then I got to wondering how realistic this was. I couldn't feel right about offering an idea I had never tried now, could I? So slides.google.com, here I come!
Clearly the fates of my animated characters haven't improved over time, but I did realize that Google Slides is really a do-able tool for creating these type of projects. Here are a couple of things I learned:
Once you have the link or the embed code, show your stuff . . . one slide at a time!