How Animated Video can Help Students’ Creative Writing

All writers have confronted writer’s block at some point. The symptoms are anxiety-producing just to think about: the blank page, an empty outline, assignments that seem too boring for words. But there are ways to knock down those obstacles to creativity, and one of them is animated video.

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Waving Good-bye as Kerpoof Rides Off Into the Sunset

Kerpoof provided a fun, flexible tool that allowed its users to spell a picture, make a movie, make a drawing, and tell a story. Acquired by Disney in 2009, Kerpoof quickly became a child-friendly, popular creativity site for classroom use in the K-8 setting. As of April 15, 2014, Kerpoof will close their doors as their parent Disney shifts its focus toward mobile-friendly play offerings.

If you’re a former Kerpoof subscriber, we are offering a discount to new GoAnimate for Schools customers. To get yours, follow these easy steps to get started:

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Dividing Class Time With GoAnimate Makes Fractions Cool

As a rule, 5th graders can be fickle about what is ‘cool’. Often times what I think is great, they think is lame. So when we agreed that creating our own animated videos was ‘cool’, I was elated. One of my biggest success stories is with a boy who isn’t too into school. Most days, he would rather be fiddling with items in his desk than complete the assigned work. However, since the introduction of GoAnimate, I can’t keep up with him. He has created over 20 videos to date with topics including multiplying fractions, adding fractions, and other curriculum-based videos — we have only been using it for about a month. He is now an engaged learner creating videos on learned concepts. It’s so exciting!

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Sixth Graders Use GoAnimate!

Sixth graders love to learn new things. They are smart, curious and technologically inclined. A few weeks ago, I whipped a quick GoAnimate video together for my students on a couple of topics we were learning in Social Studies. We are big Edmodo fans so many of my students viewed it before class, and to my surprise many of them had watched it several times. By the time we watched it in class, I had students asking if they could also make videos. Their enthusiasm was contagious! Not only did they want to make videos on things we were currently learning, they decided they should make review videos on previous learning. They volunteered to make their videos during lunch, evenings and weekends. We now have student-made videos on the three branches of government, a field trip to our capitol building, religions and much more.

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