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Christmas Candy Stop Motion & Story Telling

Christmas Candy Stop Motion & Story Telling

What do you get when you combine a stop motion app and Christmas candy? Pure joy, with a side of story telling magic!

Yesterday afternoon my iExplorers (our campus student technology leaders) had a blast creating with a very simple set of tools. I just set out dollar store organizer trays with a few different types of candy and some graham crackers. I offered whatever color of construction paper they wanted to use for a background. Then they organized themselves into groups and got started with the Koma Koma app.

The only “real instructions” I gave them were to remember to use their tiny movements to make the action look smooth.

Stop Motion Stories In Action:

The Results:

My goals for this activity were nothing more than have fun and work together. However, we ended up with four fantastic little stories and some great learning experiences along the way!

These students …
– were so creative
– used teamwork
– planned out simple stories
– solved problems along the way to get their videos just right
– came up with catchy titles
– edited their videos in Koma Koma so they were just the right speed
and exported them, all in around 30 minutes!

I put together some titles in Pic Collage, and added everything to iMovie after we cleaned up our giant mess.

This experience would work in just about any setting – classroom, clubs, small groups.  One trip to the grocery store, and you’ll be ready to set this up for your students. If you haven’t played around with stop motion yet, you should! It is such a versatile and creative form of media! Make the most of those last few crazy days before the holidays by diving into stop motion!

Merry Christmas!

 

4 Reasons To Publish Student Writing As Videos

4 Reasons To Publish Student Writing As Videos

I couldn’t be more excited to be headed back to EdTechTeacher’s Innovation Summit in Boston next week! I’ll get to share about something I love, how to publish student writing as videos. I also was able to write about last month, and wanted to share that post here as well. This post was originally published on… Continue Reading


Seasons of Creativity: Joy

Seasons of Creativity: Joy

Right as school was starting this year I read Austin Kleon’s post “Seasons”, and it really resonated with me (I highly recommend you take 3 minutes to read it too). I’ve been quiet on my blog and on Twitter for a while. A break was necessary. Last year was hard for many reasons, and I felt like… Continue Reading


Collaborate to Celebrate – Poetry Month & Earth Day

Collaborate to Celebrate – Poetry Month & Earth Day

  Celebrate National Poetry Month and Earth Day with one great collaborative project! Become iPoets, publishing your Earth Day inspired poems with others in a great big beautiful Book Creator book! This project is something I have wanted to start for a long time now, and I’m SO thrilled to combine a few of my… Continue Reading


Share Facts With ChatterPix and Shadow Puppet EDU

Share Facts With ChatterPix and Shadow Puppet EDU

Last week we explored lots of turkey facts, turkey art and more in preparation for Thanksgiving. One of the ways we were able to study turkeys was through a distance learning program from the Texas Wildlife Association. The whole group of 1st graders walks over to our administration building that’s set up with conferencing equipment.… Continue Reading


A Simple App Smash To Create Turkey Story Problems

A Simple App Smash To Create Turkey Story Problems

Last week in math we practiced writing our own story problems, then decided to get a bit creative with them. We ended up making a Book Creator book to combine all the turkey story problems we created. Here’s the process to create Turkey Story Problems – Make a background with Make A Scene Farmyard. (We… Continue Reading