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Animating is quick and easy

Once you give SAM Animation to students, they will pick up on how to animate very quickly. It all boils down to repeating 2 steps -- Move Your Prop and Take A Picture. When you are done, press Play and you have created your first animation!I have taught students and ...
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Animating Test Prep

Let's face it, none of us really want to do test prep with our students. However, preparing for standardized testing is a reality of public education in this era. So, the question becomes how can we improve test prep and make it more engaging for our students? When students make ...
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Klutz Book of Animation Blog Tour

The Klutz Book of Animation is going on a blog tour, starting with HighTechDad Blog. Check out the link here, and pick up a copy of the book to start animating today! ...
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Animation Examples

Top-down "Floor Animations" I'm always exploring the web and finding different examples that people have done with stop-action animation and timelapse (aka. stuff you can do with the SAM Animation software). One category of animations that I really like are Top-down "Floor Animations." (Please: if you have a better/actual name, ...
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Rethinking formative assessment with animation

With the recent announcement of Race to the Top awards, i3 awards, and other major initiatives in education - we are hearing a lot about assessment! Whether it is large-scale standardized assessments, alternative assessments, or the vast array of formative assessments - the question "What are our students learning?" has ...
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SAM in the first days of school

SAM Back To School Tips The first days of school are upon us. SAM Animation is a great tool for early assessments. Consider SAM for traditional first days of school reflection and anticipation activities. Use SAM to help your students express what they remember most about their previous learning experiences, ...
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Making visual effects with SAM Animation

I was playing around with SAM Animation this morning. I wanted to mess around with duplicating, grouping, and using the template button (found on the frame editing tab along with the frame duration slide, duplicate button, group frames into clip button, etc). My goal was to see if I could ...
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