16 November 2009

3D animated movies for learning in minutes

From the desktop to the classroom, teachers are dabbling in DIY animation cause, heck, why not. Be it 2D, 3D or stop motion, animations, and the act of animating, can become a central part of learning, even, apparantly, in primary school. One favored tool is xtranormal STATE which turns text into a 3D animated movie and it's completely free. Write your story, pick your characters and get dragging and dropping. Of course, it's only available on Windows. D-oh!
If you're happy with 2D, you can still make instant movies with the web-based GoAnimate which is kind of like playing with color forms online - only now they have dialogue, camera moves, visual effects and celebrity faces. Remember color forms!? (Nostalgic sigh....)

13 November 2009

Online Educational Games

Online games for kids that teach skills in math, science and language arts are available for free at arcademicskillbuilders.com. This University of Kansas based initiative also features a plethora of other online teacher resources via 4Teachers.org (just check out the drop down at the top right of the screen). Kudos to the folks at ALTEC, U. of Kansas.