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Video Project – Stop-Motion & Claymation

Project Description

Students are introduced to video as an artistic and visual language through stop-motion animation. Students learn about stop-motion and then view/analyze a few examples in a group discussion. Each student participates in a visual research session and contributes to the class collection document of good examples of this genre.

Students are introduced to the concept of visual storytelling. They then craft an idea for their own animation, working either individually or in small groups. Students experiment with using the stop-motion technique to create a simple two-dimensional and/or three-dimensional animation that communicates an idea or story.

The project culminates in a class screening and school screening, a group critique and self-evaluation, and updating their ePortfolio with a reflection on this project. Students evaluate each other using the Visible Thinking strategy of two stars and a wish where they evaluate what the group did well and how might they improve.

Class Screening & Critique

Every project is coupled with a class screening of the work and a group critique. Each student will be asked to give feedback to their fellow videographers. They are expected to give at least two pieces of feedback, one warm and one cool.

Warm Feedback:
  • Provides specific feedback to the creator
  • NOT general statements of approval. Avoid statements such as: “I liked it.”, “This is good.”, “Great job!”, “Well done.”
  • Highlights and recognizes the strengths of the video (“names what is effective”).  “Your use of color  prompts a few questions in my mind. I’m already wondering what will come next.”  “The flow of your video makes sense to me.  I can see how one scene leads to another.”
Cool Feedback:
  • Wonderings, questions, and dilemmas viewers find in the content
  • NOT criticism.  Cool feedback poses ideas that prompt the presenter to think about the work from a different perspective.  “I” statements and the use of “might” rather than “should” promote an environment of respect and leave the creative control in the hands of the presenter.
Related Standards
  • ISTE: Creativity and Innovation
  • ISTE: Communication and Collaboration
  • ISTE: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, & Decision Making

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Student Work Video Screening