Mrs. Eaton’s Class Is Attracted To GoAnimate For Schools

One part of our county’s Design for Excellence plan has teachers incorporating blended learning into their curriculum. The goal of blended learning is to join face to face learning with on-line instruction. Working with second graders and technology can be difficult but they have been excited to use Edmodo and the Apps that I purchased for our class. Last year I created a video using the FREE version of GoAnimate and I was hooked, so GoAnimate for Schools was the first App that I purchased when they were made available to us in the Edmodo App store.

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Update on the Clipperton Project: September

The Clipperton Project

GoAnimate for Schools is thrilled to update everyone  on its partnership with The Clipperton Project.

The Clipperton Project is a collaborative, public conversation about environmental and international issues set in Clipperton, an uninhabited French island off the Mexican coast.  It brings together artists and scientists from around the world and is a means through which they can merge arts and science to effectively convey and raise public awareness of global environmental and social issues.

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Update on the Clipperton Project

GoAnimate for Schools is thrilled to update everyone on its partnership with The Clipperton Project.

The Clipperton Project is a collaborative, public conversation about environmental and international issues set in Clipperton, an uninhabited French island off the Mexican coast. It brings together artists and scientists from around the world and is a means through which they can merge arts and science to effectively convey and raise public awareness of global environmental and social issues.

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GoAnimate For Schools Is Good To The Molecular Level

I am a biology teacher for the North Hills School District near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I have been using GoAnimate For Schools with my students for about one and a half years. I teach a curriculum where we do not have a textbook but rely on technology and teacher-generated material for content. The focus in the course is for students to take their knowledge and create projects related to the content. Creation is a major focus in my curriculum because it is the highest level on the new Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy.

I will use GoAnimate to make introductions to lessons or to reinforce lessons. For example, I made a solutions video clip where I created an avatar of myself talking to a cell. The cell experienced the different types of solutions (hypertonic, hypotonic, isotonic) solutions and reacted accordingly. I have also used it to present information on a molecule that cells use to obtain energy, ATP. I used these GoAnimates as part of a flipped classroom. The GoAnimate cartoon assisted in giving my students the content but added interest to the concept.

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Scientific Fact: GoAnimate For Schools Equals A Creative Classroom

We began using GoAnimate for Schools last school year. It is a wonderful application for students to allow their creativity to come through as they are exhibiting content knowledge. My learning support students benefit the most from the use of GoAnimate for Schools. These are students who lack reading skills and writing skills. If you were to ask any of them to write a story using dialogue they would not be able to successful complete the task in a well thought out, logical order. However, they are able to create animations, with dialogue, that tell a story and include content information about biological processes. They are very creative when using GoAnimate for Schools.

I use GoAnimate for Schools as a project option for most of the big projects in my classroom. Students use GoAnimate for Schools to illustrate what happens in cells as they are placed in different solutions. They also make animations about the process of photosynthesis and food chains. Many of my students choose the GoAnimate for Schools option when completely projects because they begin a story in the first project and tie into the storyline in the next project. They really look forward to using the program.

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GoAnimate For Schools Is Thrilled To Work With The Clipperton Project!

GoAnimate for Schools is thrilled to announce it is working with The Clipperton Project.

The Clipperton Project is a collaborative, public conversation about environmental and international issues set in Clipperton, an uninhabited French island off the Mexican coast. It brings together artists and scientists from around the world and is a means through which they can merge arts and science to effectively convey and raise public awareness of global environmental and social issues.

Thus, it is both a place and an idea.

Because the nature of the project is an international dialog, students are invited to participate in the conversation.

Below are the contest and guidelines for submissions. Stay tuned for quarterly updates on the project and contest!

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It’s Science: GoAnimate For Schools Works!

I am a veteran teacher. This is a polite way to say I have been teaching for quite a while- 30 some odd years. So, you may be surprised to find I embrace all the technology we have available in our profession, and yet you shouldn’t be. What any good teacher wants is a way to convey their enthusiasm and love of learning to their students, and with the use of sites like GoAnimate, our jobs get a little bit easier.

I started using GoAnimate before there was a school site for it-about 3 years ago. I initially used it as a way to have a little fun in presenting some chemistry concepts. The students seemed to enjoy the short lessons they conveyed, and I got to be a little more creative. My students especially got a kick out of when I would put our lab and classroom in the background photos. I myself used GoAnimate for quick lessons, to show in class, and then embed in our class wiki, so students could re-watch them prior to a test. I sometimes made “review” cartoons, where I would have a character tell the students what they should study for a test. Of course my favorite cartoon was my Underdog cartoon on polymers- I wonder if students even know who Underdog is now- but they’ve got to love his catchy background tune.

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