Animating the classroom!

What about some fun? What about some animation in your classroom?Image

Let’s GoAnimate our courses! It is interactive, dynamic, and educational.

I decided to use this App with my 6th grade French class. We had been learning the -er ending verbs, and the like/dislike structures. I thought that this would be a good opportunity to implement the content into an animation project.

Firstly, I created a sample video for my students so that they could visulize what I wanted for them to do:

Video Les Animaux font les devoirs

Secondly, I provided the instructions and rubric:

GO_ANIMATE_SHORT_VIDEO_PROJECT

GOANIMATE_PROJECT_RUBRIC

Then, I gave my kids 3 days to complete the assignment. As the instructions indicate, the first day I did not let them use the computer. I have found that when using a technology tool my students get so excited that they want to start working on it straight away, not focusing enough on the basis of the assignment. Because of this reason, I have found that scaffolding the activity in little pieces makes it clearer, and provides a much better final product.

goanimateSo, after the first day of writing and script designing, students started to customize their GoAnimates. I made very clear the fact that I wouldn’t be checking their scripts before-hand.

After posting their videos in our Schoology page, students had to complete the last assignment for this project. They were required to watch at least 3 of their peer’s videos, and comment in each of them. The comments had to be questions regarding the storyline. They had to post the questions in French (metacognition, brain-research). The students that received questions about their videos also had to respond in French. This last stage was the aftermath of the entire project. It was interesting to see students virtually interacting in the target language. This was a great way to share our projects, and to find some educational purpose to the project share. Not just watch and relax, but watch, relax, and ask questions about what you saw = In-depth reflection = High order thinking.

The final result will showcase your students writing and pronunciation skills. As you know, our students’ creativity and imagination are limitless. I assure you that the videos will amuse you, entertain you, and show you one more time the countless possibilities that technology provides us with. I think that this was a great way to assess speaking skills, so I highly recommend this App for the World Language courses. But, obviously, it could be integrated into any course.

GoAnimate 2

** This is not a free App, BUT for some reason Schoology was providing a 30 day trial on the App. I used the trial period, and it worked wonderfuly. They might still be providing the free trial, you can check it out here:  GoAnimate for Schools or in the Schoology App Center.

Do not hesitate it, it’s worth it. GoAnimate your class.

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