A colleague introduced me to a free app (Stop Motion-Animation Maker Pro) that allows students to create video-esque 'flip books' using white boards, markers, and either a tablet or smart phone. Their assignment was to select a portion of WWII history and create a short video with voice over that demonstrated their knowledge of a particular battle.
The app itself is relatively easy to use, although I must admit that many of my students navigated through it and learned its nuances more quickly than I!
The progression worked like this:
1. After selecting a topic (in the example posted, this student chose the Battle of the Atlantic), students are to make use of their notes from previous lessons along with any other information available (texts, internet sources, etc).
2. Using a white board and markers, students draw a series of simple illustrations, taking a picture using the stop motion app, of each illustration. Illustrations are to vary slightly in degree from one frame to the next. The stop motion app has an 'onion skin' feature that allows for adjustment of the opaqueness of the camera filter, so that students can see the previous picture under the new photo taken. This allows the photos to be lined up in order to create that 'flip book' effect.
3. Once their pictures are drawn and photographed, students are then to record a voice over of information relevant to the images they have drawn, but also including other pertinent details that perhaps couldn't be illustrated.
The final products were excellent with some students drawing very simplistic figures, like the stick figure you see in the image above, while other more artistic students took more time to descriptively depict the scenes they imagined from their chosen WWII conflict.
Here is a selected piece of work:
Post courtesy of Lesley Lacroix