Monday, February 20, 2012

Dinosaurs Come to Life With iStopMotion

The art room was alive with energy, giggles, and excitement today! It's days like this that I REALLY love my job! All 18 first graders were completely engaged in this hour long lesson that had them filming, creating, and producing a short animation video using their clay dinosaurs. Frame by frame they brought their dinosaurs to life!

All this excitement and creativity would not have been possible without a lot of people! Abigail, my art teacher had approached me at the beginning of the year about doing an animation project with our first graders. We searched for an app that we thought would be easy enough for them to use. We found one, but it was just OK. It was around winter break when I discovered the iStopMotion app that had been released by Boinx Software. It was just what we were looking for...simple, intuitive, and fun!

A special thanks to Assistant Building Engineer, Rob for making these INCREDIBLE iPad stands. Not having to worry about the iPads moving, made the project that much more enjoyable for all! I can't wait to work with the rest of the first grade classes this week!

iPad stand that was created for our animation project.

Base created to place sets on.
Front view of stand with topper to keep iPad from moving.

Side view of iPad stand.

Students in action.

Moving dinosaurs.

Checking frames.
Making small movements.

Taking the shot.


  1. I love the iPad stand. Could you possibly share the plans for its construction? Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Sienna! I will ask my facilities staff when I go back to work and let you know. Happy Holidays. :)