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Differentiating Instruction with Clay Animation. Lou Jara Courtney Kaczka Appoquinimink School District. Presented at the Delaware Instructional Technology Conference April 19, 2007. What is Clay Animation?. Building clay character(s) Movement of character(s)

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Differentiating Instruction with Clay Animation

Lou Jara

Courtney Kaczka

Appoquinimink School District

Presented at the Delaware Instructional Technology Conference April 19, 2007

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What is Clay Animation?

Building clay character(s)

Movement of character(s)

Taking pictures of each movement

Putting pictures together

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Why Use Clay Animation?

  • Brings learning to life

  • Engaging

  • Motivating

  • Allows for different learning styles

    • Tactile

    • Visual

    • Logical

    • Musical

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The Clay Animation Process

  • Storyboarding

  • Building characters

  • Taking pictures

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Clay Animation in the Classroom

  • Instruction

    • To present new concepts

    • To review

  • Assessment

    • Concept attainment in various curricular areas

  • Public Service Announcement

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Hints & Tricks for Characters

  • Start small

  • Use Armatures

  • Make big feet

  • Top lightnot Top heavy

  • Use lighter color clay first

  • Clean hands and tools often

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Start small

Shoot down with characters flat

Use a box top

Use a tripod

Store all pictures in one folder

Use JPEG format

Name/number pictures

Take lots of pictures for smoother action

Hints & Tricksfor Pictures

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Hints & Tricks

  • Remember to Save

  • Add Text

  • Save a Working Copy

  • Add sound effects or music

  • Try narration

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Our Motto:Little Movements…Lots of Pictures!

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Basic Supplies

  • Clay that won’t dry out

  • Camera that will take digital pictures

  • Software (Videoblender/Frames)

  • Plastic tablecloth

  • Microphone

  • Babywipes

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Aluminum foil


Flexible straws

Rolling pin

Pasta machine

Styrofoam balls

Wiggle eyes

Garlic Press

Additional Supplies

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Tech4Learning Websitehttp://www.tech4learning.com/claykit/index.html

Aardman Animationshttp://www.aardman.com/

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Create Storyboard

  • Idea from mind to paper

  • Sketch out on storyboard

  • Transfer ideas into clay

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  • Take pictures of each and every movement

  • Take many pictures

    • The more pictures the smoother the movement

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Frames Software

  • Upload pictures to software

  • Add or delete pictures as necessary

  • Create Introduction slide

  • Create ending/credits slide

  • Save as an AVI movie format.