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Digital Stop Motion Animation Tips and Tricks

Digital Stop Motion Animation Tips and Tricks


Stop motion animation goes digital with fun and engaging design challenges!

Stop motion animation goes digital with fun and engaging design challenges!

We all want our students to master technology tools and use them to create original works. Stop Motion STEM challenges are designed to allow students to explore presentation software while creating something using the steps of the engineering design process. 

The best part is that nearly every topic and subject area can be incorporated into these challenges, so they can be used as a part of your daily academic activities, not as an extra thing to fit into your schedule. 

What is Digital Stop Motion?

Stop motion is typically done with physical objects and a camera. Instead of getting out all of those materials, we can do it digitally. 

Using either Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint, students work in teams to animate a story across multiple slides and devices. 

This will require them to problem solve their way through the design process. Bonus points if you have them document their process and reflect on it at the end!

Standards Addressed with Stop Motion

ISTE Standards:

  • Innovative Designer: 4d
  • Creative Communicator: 6b
  • Global Collaborator: 7c (if working in groups)

Tips for Teachers:

Introduce students to the idea of producing an animated GIF or video using Google Slides or PowerPoint. 
They may have heard of the Red Ball Challenge and there are some great videos on YouTube demonstrating it, but I also recommend showing some of the very early cartoon animations by Walt Disney if you can. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCNvwa2Kgzc the first minute shows how animation works but the whole video is great.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhfp6Z8z1cI how animation works - maybe skip the section about the women workers, it isn't PC. 

Vocabulary to Introduce:

  • Animation
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Frame
  • Frame Rate
  • Scene
  • Script
  • Stop Motion
  • Storyboard
Stop motion animation goes digital with fun and engaging design challenges!

Student Introduction and Tips:
Stop motion animation goes digital with fun and engaging design challenges!

Stop Motion is a way of animating a story. The object on the screen is moved a tiny bit each time (on each slide) so that when you play the presentation, it looks like the object is moving as though in a movie. 

Once you have the scene drawn, the computer makes it possible to duplicate the slide, so you don't have to draw every movement by hand. A major time saver! 

All you do is duplicate the scene (slide) and move one thing. Then do that again like 50 times or more, making one small movement each time, and your end result will look like an animation!
I know 50+ times sounds like a lot, but it goes quickly once you get the hang of it. 

After completing all of the slides in the stop motion animation, you may want to share it with others. A great way to do this is to publish the slide show with custom timings so that it starts and stops automatically. This isn't technically a video, but it will show the entire stop motion animation. 

Make your process easier with these tips:
  1. Use the edges of the slides to begin and end your animation
  2. Duplicate slides
  3. Make small, equal movements by using the arrow keys
  4. Layer objects in the scene
  5. Use transparency options
  6. Use text to tell a story across multiple slides
  7. Group objects to move them together
  8. Don't forget ctrl+z= undo
The secret to working across multiple devices:
If you've heard of the Red Ball Challenge, you might be excited to try creating a stop motion animation that appears to move from one device to the next. 

The key is actually really simple: blank slides

That's right! The devices all actually have exactly the same number of slides so that they start and stop at the same time. 
To make it look like the animation is moving across devices, simple calculate how many blank slides need to play on each device before and after it's "your turn."

Example for a 150 slide animation:
Device 1: 25 animation slides, 125 blank slides
Device 2: 25 blank slides, 25 animation slides, 100 blank slides
Device 3: 50 blank slides, 25 animation slides, 75 blank slides
Etc. for the rest of the devices.

There you have it! The whole process of digital stop motion animation. 

Stop motion animation goes digital with fun and engaging design challenges!

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10 of the Best Upcoming STEM Conferences

10 of the Best Upcoming STEM Conferences


Education conferences are a great way to learn tips and tricks for your teaching, find out more about new instructional products, and make connections with other innovative educators.

Education conferences are a great way to learn tips and tricks for your teaching, find out more about new instructional products, and make connections with other innovative educators.  They’re also a fantastic place to get those professional development hours you might be short on!  These days, many conferences are either partially or fully virtual, and/or provide access to recordings of the sessions for a period of time afterwards.  This makes attending one easier than ever before. 


Here are 10 of the best STEM conferences coming your way, starting in Fall 2021 and going into Summer 2022:


October 28 – 30, 2021 Portland, OR

November 11 – 13, 2021 National Harbor, MD

December 9 – 11, 2021 Los Angeles, CA

NSTA STEM21 

Each year, the National Science Teaching Association hosts a national conference on science education (in the spring), three area conferences (in the fall, as stated in the dates above for 2021), and a STEM Forum & Expo.  The conferences for 2022 are scheduled in Houston, TX from Mar. 31 – Apr. 3, and another in Chicago, IL from July 21 – July 24.   


October 28 – 30, 2021 Virtual Event

SSMA Annual Convention

SSMA (School Science and Mathematics Association) strives to build and sustain a community of teachers, researchers, scientists, and mathematicians.


November 4 – November 6, 2021 Virtual Event

AACU Transforming STEM Higher Education  

AACU (American Association of Colleges and Universities) conference this year is entitled "Nothing Stays the Same: Reflecting on, Reckoning with & Re-Engineering Undergraduate STEM Education".


January 25-28, 2022 Orange County, Florida

FETC 2022

At the Future of Education Technology Conference you’ll hear expert insights, meet with the leaders in the technology industry and find your people to help you advance even further in your professional goals.  The future of education is sparked by continually reimagining how technology can be incorporated into the different learning models. 


March 9 – March 12, 2022 Orlando, FL

ITEEA Standards for Technological and Engineering Literacy: The Role of Technology and Engineering in STEM Education

 The 2022 ITEEA (International Technology and Engineering Educators Association) conference focuses on the roadmap that Standards for Technological and Engineering Literacy (STEL) provides for all educators. The conference theme highlights the importance of the three organizers within STEL—standards, practices, and contexts with connections and learning opportunities for all STEM learners.


Education conferences are a great way to learn tips and tricks for your teaching, find out more about new instructional products, and make connections with other innovative educators.
June 26 – June 29, 2022 Minneapolis, MN

2022 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition

Now in its 129th year, the ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) Annual Conference and Exposition is the only conference dedicated to all disciplines of engineering and engineering technology education. The premier event of its kind, the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition fosters an exchange of ideas, enhances teaching methods and curricula, and provides unparalleled networking opportunities for engineering and engineering technology education stakeholders, including deans, faculty members, researchers, and industry and government professionals.


March 2 – March 5, 2022 Providence, Rhode Island

SIGCSE TS 2022

The Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education is organized by the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) and is the organization’s flagship conference. It has been held annually in February or March in North America since 1970. The SIGCSE organization provides a forum for educators to discuss issues related to the development, implementation, and/or evaluation of computing programs, curricula, and courses, as well as syllabi, laboratories, and other elements of teaching and pedagogy.


April 2022

Elementary STEM CON 

Elementary STEM Con believes educators deserve professional development that lives up to crucial work they are entrusted to do every day.  They aren’t looking to simply deliver PD; they aim to provide an experience that builds skills and renews your passion and enthusiasm for teaching.


June 26-29, 2022 New Orleans, Louisiana 

ISTE Live 22

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference has been recognized as one of the world’s most influential education events.  ISTELive 22 will be a hybrid event featuring powerful voices and offering a treasure trove of content and resources for attendees in New Orleans and those attending virtually around the world.


Summer 2022 Denver, Colorado

Steve Spangler: Science In The Rockies

This conference is perfect for educators, administrators and curriculum specialists (Pre-K to 8) who want to explore best practices, instructional strategies and high-level engagement pedagogy for inspiring students through STEM.  Participate in more than 75 hands-on STEM experiments, demonstrations and design challenges that are aligned with the Next Generation Standards, and take home over $500 worth of teaching materials and supplies.


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STEM and My World - Physical and Digital STEM Activities for Social Studies

STEM and My World - Physical and Digital STEM Activities for Social Studies


As we prepare our youngest students for the future, we believe in the promotion of digital literacy as well as the importance of "unplugging" for hands-on collaboration. Created by Brooke Brown and Brittany Washburn, STEM and My World brings early childhood social studies to life with interactive digital activities and an engaging collaborative STEM challenge.
As we prepare our youngest students for the future, we believe in the promotion of digital literacy as well as the importance of "unplugging" for hands-on collaboration. Created by Brooke Brown and Brittany Washburn, STEM and My World brings early childhood social studies to life with interactive digital activities and an engaging collaborative STEM challenge.

STEM and My World activities are designed for the primary grades classroom but are also great to do at home. Since there are so many great activities included, it can be something done over multiple sessions at school and at home. These STEM Challenges and Digital slides make a great addition to the social studies units on the same topics. 

DIGITAL SLIDES
The digital slides that go with each unit are in Google Slides but can also be used in PowerPoint. Students interact with the slides by completing drag and drop and simple typing activities. We've included links to videos to enhance the understanding of each topic. 
STEM and My World

STEM Challenges
These hands on STEM Challenges are a great opportunity for collaboration and problem solving. You can complete them with materials on hand, and the teacher charts and vocab cards are provided to help you facilitate learning. 
STEM and My World

MAKERTECH MATS
We all want our students to master technology tools and use them to create original works. Each of the tech tools in the MakerTech guide are designed to allow students to explore digital tools while creating something using the steps of the engineering design process. The best part is that nearly every topic and subject area can be explored using these tools, so they can be used as a part of your daily academic activities, not as an extra thing to fit into your schedule.
STEM and My World

Right now we have 3 units available to try with your students. 

STEM and My World - Landforms and Mapping

Landforms Includes the following:
*32 slides of interactive digital Google Slides activities for landforms and mapping, compatible with ANY device
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*FOUR STEM Challenges with lesson plans, teacher charts, vocabulary cards, and student templates:
1) Me on the Map
2) Road Trip
3) Crafty Compass
4) Landform Construction
STEM and My World

STEM and My World

*Makertech Mat choice board for Makerspace extensions
*App poster
STEM and My World

STEM and My World - My Family

My Family Includes the following: 
*13 interactive digital Google Slides activities for family structures, compatible with any device
STEM and My World

STEM and My World

*"Building Generations" (Family Tree) STEM Challenge with lesson plan, teacher chart, vocabulary cards, and student template
STEM and My World

*Makertech Mat choice board for Makerspace extensions
*App poster
STEM and My World
Click here for the My Family Unit


STEM and My World - Fire Safety

Fire Safety Includes the following:
*16 interactive digital Google Slides activities for fire safety, compatible with any device
STEM and My World

STEM and My World

STEM and My World

*"Escape to Safety" STEM Challenge with lesson plan, teacher chart, vocabulary cards, and student template
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STEM and My World

*Makertech Mat choice board for Makerspace extensions
*App poster
STEM and My World
Click here for the Fire Safety Unit

When students are finished
• Create a class eBook in Google Slides where students each get one slide to insert their final product.
• Create a Padlet and have students upload their final product.
• Have a “gallery walk” where students have their final product up on their screen while they walk around to see classmates’ creations.
• Have students present their final product to the class.
As we prepare our youngest students for the future, we believe in the promotion of digital literacy as well as the importance of "unplugging" for hands-on collaboration. Created by Brooke Brown and Brittany Washburn, STEM and My World brings early childhood social studies to life with interactive digital activities and an engaging collaborative STEM challenge.

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Using the KOOV Kit in the Elementary Classroom

Using the KOOV Kit in the Elementary Classroom


Using the KOOV Kit in the Elementary Classroom #SonyKoov

One of the coolest parts of the job as a tech teacher is getting to test out robots. In this blog post I'm going to tell you all about KOOV from Sony. They are paying me to write this blog post, but all of the opinions are my own. I really think it will make a great addition to any STEM or Computer Lab classroom. 


Features of KOOV

First I want to tell you about the KOOV Trial Kit. They also have an Educator Kit that includes more parts, but the Trial Kit can definitely get you started and see if it is a good fit for your classroom. 

One of the things that sets KOOV apart from other coding kits is that students can actually build with it! The kit comes with KOOV blocks in 7 different shapes and 7 different colors, which is ideal for learning about 3D building. 
Using the KOOV Kit in the Elementary Classroom #SonyKoov
To help students learn the fundamentals of coding, there are these sensors that can be programmed. The kit comes with 5 sensors that include LEDs, a buzzer, IR Photoreflector, motors, and the KOOV Core. This combo is perfect for building models that can interact with their surroundings. 
Using the KOOV Kit in the Elementary Classroom #SonyKoov
In addition to all of the physical pieces, there is a great app with a user-friendly interface that makes it perfect for elementary students. Students use the drag and drop coding blocks to program the sensors, so it should be a familiar experience to other coding programs we use. It is the same app that is available in the full Educator's Kit. 


Using KOOV in the Elementary Classroom

The app has everything you need to code your KOOV. I love that they made options for Chromebooks, Windows devices, and IOS. This makes is so versatile for all of our unique setups. 
Using the KOOV Kit in the Elementary Classroom #SonyKoov


Interested in 9 Digital STEM Challenges to go along with KOOV? There is a file in the TRY section of my Free Resource Library that you can use with students. Just sign up for a free account and then navigate to the "Activities to TRY" area and look for the picture of KOOV to find the activity. 
Using the KOOV Kit in the Elementary Classroom #SonyKoov
You know I'm always talking about ways to bring collaboration into the tech lab. When we think of coding, sometimes the image that pops into our mind is someone with noise canceling headphones working for hours over his/her laptop. That doesn't appear very collaborative. 

That is why I love this next generation of classroom coding kits. They practically require collaboration and problem solving skills. Students can work through the challenges together until they get it right. 


Using the KOOV Kit in the Elementary Classroom #SonyKoov
The digital STEM challenges I provided really only go over the very basic commands that are possible with KOOV. There is so much more to do using the 3D building blocks that the possibilities are nearly limitless. 

Q&A

I'm pulling the Q&A directly from the KOOV website
Can children use KOOV on their own?
Yes. The KOOV app was developed so that children can learn while playing on their own, as it explains the way to build blocks and coding in a concise and intuitive manner.

Can I enjoy KOOV even though I don't know how to code?
Yes. KOOV uses visual programming so that even beginners can quickly understand how to code. In the Learning Course, students learn how to build robots and how to code step-by-step, so that without previous experience they can learn while having fun. In Robot Recipes, we have pre-coded and pre-designed a wide range of run robots so that even beginners can instantly start enjoying KOOV.

In which countries is KOOV available?
The Educator Kit and Trial Kit are available to ship only to residents of the USA although KOOV is sold in both Japan and China. These products may not be shipped to purchasers located in the state of Washington.

Do I need anything to use KOOV?
You will need three 1.5V AA/LR6 alkaline batteries, a Phillips screwdriver and a compatible operating environment to run the KOOV app.

How can I contact the KOOV team if I have any questions?
For technical questions, contact us at KOOVSupport@sony.com.  To speak with someone directly, call 1-866-935-7665 M-F from 7am-5pm.  For all other questions contact us at KOOV@sony.comWe are happy to answer any questions you may have.

What is STEAM and how does KOOV teach kids about STEAM?
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Through KOOVs Learning Course, we provide children with over 50 hours of engaging STEAM content, working as an introduction for many kids to these exciting fields.

What operating systems is KOOV compatible with?
Windows: 7/8.1/10 64bit
Mac OS: 10.8 and above
iOS: iOS 10 and above, iPads made in 2013 or later
Chrome OS

How does KOOV connect with my computer?
Via Bluetooth and direct USB on Mac, IPad, Windows and Chromebooks devices..

How long do KOOV robots last on batteries?
This really depends on the number of sensor and actuators that you use. The Alligator can work for several days without new batteries, while a robot with two DC motors running continuously can last for around 45 minutes.

Can KOOV be used offline?
Offline options are available.

Is the software free?
There are no additional charges for the KOOV App, Classroom Management software or for student logins/licenses.

Special Deal

For a limited time only, you can get the Trial Kit or the full Educator Kit at a huge discount. Hurry though, the offer is only good through 12/29/19.


KOOV SALE - From NOW until 12/29/19 -> HERE

Save $50 on the KOOV Trial Kit $249.99 à NOW $199.99 

Save $100 on the KOOV Educator Kit $519.99 à NOW $419.99 

New information about the First Annual Sony KOOV Challenge

In March 2020 Sony will host the First Annual Sony KOOV Challenge in the USA. To sign up to participate in the challenge, please go please go HERE


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