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HUE Animation – Is it Any Good For Your Kids?

I found this great in-depth review about HUE Animation from a blog that knows its stuff when talking young animators: Animation Software For Kids. The best bits: "Overall, we feel that the HUE Animation Studio is one of the best stop motion animation softwares for kids available on the market, ...
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The World’s Smallest Stop Motion Animation

An Aardman animation has made the Guinness Book of Records for having the smallest character ever in a stop motion animation. The film features a tiny girl called Dot who is 9mm tall, on a mini journey running over things such as the top of pins, 2p coins and the ...
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/ Animation, HUE Animation, Ideas and Tips, News

Top Christmas Gift for Kids!

You might be thinking it is far too early to talk about Christmas but with there being only 100 days to go and seeing that Hamley's announced its predictions for top toys for Christmas in June, I don't think it does any harm to start thinking about what presents you ...
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Invention Kitchen – the beginnings of iCreate

People have often asked me "why did you start iCreate" or "how did you get this idea?" or "you're not a teacher, you're an engineer, where's the connection?" To be honest, I can answer all of those questions with 2 words: Invention Kitchen The picture to the left is a ...
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Rugby World Cup 2011

Rugby World Cup 2011 in Lego! I have found a brilliant stop animation film to celebrate the first day of the Rugby World Cup 2011. A 17 year old student from Scotland called Graham Love has used stop animation to make a film featuring Lego characters performing tackles, scrums and ...
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/ Animation, HUE Animation, News, Seasonal, Videos

Establishing a baseline of student understanding with SAM

As we launch into a new school year, one of the biggest challenges that educators may face is establishing a baseline of what students know and remember. What is already generally understood, which student(s) need a bit more support, and what are the major misconceptions to be addressed right away? ...
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Hold on just one second. I’m explaining the unexplainable!

(by Anne McTighe)After trying SAM Animation, I am completely hooked. I started learning about iCreate to Educate and SAM Animation about a year and a half ago. As I played with the program, I was blown away by how much fun I could have making a silly little Happy Birthday ...
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/ Animation, HUE Animation

An iCreate Summer

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. Working with Melissa Pickering and iCreate to Educate for the past two months has brought that idiom to life. For the past eight weeks, there has never been a dull moment, which has made it an extremely exciting work environment ...
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Polaris at Ebert students in action with stop-motion

We were recently contacted by the Polaris at Ebert school in Denver, CO who has been using stop-motion animation in their classrooms for a few years, and just last year began using SAM Animation. They spent an incredible amount of time pulling together a video that captures the students in ...
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SAM Animation without SAM Animation

Have you ever wanted your students to try out an idea for an animation without taking pictures? Without the computer? A practice run of sorts? I have had this idea before but I have never tried it with students until this week. I wanted to have them practice using the ...
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/ Animation, Education, HUE Animation

SAM at the Singapore Science Centre

Melissa and I are at the Science Centre in Singapore doing SAM Animation workshops with staff members and teachers from primary and secondary schools here in Singapore. Yesterday was the first day of sessions, and both Centre staff and teachers made movies of processes and cycles. Here is a movie ...
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Time Lapse with SAM Animation Inspires Inquiry

One of the unique features of SAM Animation is the ability to perform time lapse. While this is not stop-motion in the literal sense, it's a useful feature for students to ask questions and have discussions about changes that occur over long periods of time. Below is a time lapse ...
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Students create inaccurate models – but is that bad?

I had the opportunity to observe 2 senior physics classes using SAM Animation as a modeling tool at Portsmouth High School, NH earlier this week, and it was fascinating to see the students create models that were fundamentally wrong -- but, that's not actually a bad thing...The seniors were just ...
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/ Animation, Education, HUE Animation

Educators’ Tips on Landing that Grant

Our very own Brian Gravel sat down with Morgan Hynes, Research Professor at Tufts and pulled together a comprehensive guide to help teachers apply to small grants, and win!Small grants designed specifically for teachers to try new initiatives, gather new materials and resources, or gain access to professional development services ...
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/ Education, HUE Animation

Afternoon Animation!

Good afternoon, everyone. I wanted to show you something very cool for today's afternoon animation. In spirit of @changeequation's reminder that Engineering Week is coming up (Feb 20-26!), we decided to feature a SAM Animation developed by freshmen students at Tufts University in their Musical Engineering class. Have you ever ...
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Props or no Props, Open ended or Guided

As a high school science teacher that uses SAM, this is a topic I think about often. When I am designing an activity or even planning to implement an activity that I have done in the past, I ask myself: Should I use props or not? In other words, should ...
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The power of non-virtual workshops

As I watched Brian Gravel present to a group of about 20 teachers from Oyster River Middle School in Durham, NH today, it occurred to me that person-to-person, hands-on workshops are becoming more rare, and it's too bad as there really is an indescribable energy to professional development that's interactive, ...
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/ Education, Events, HUE Animation

Demo at Boston Tech Meetup event

Melissa will be demoing iCreate to Educate, some "greatest hits" animations, and SAM Animation at tonight's Boston Tech Meetup event at the Microsoft Nerd Center. Other companies presenting include: NetBlazr, Blogcastr, Muckrock, Relay Technology, and Abroad 101 ...
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/ Animation, Events, HUE Animation, News, USA

Aesthetically speaking…

If you've spent as much time on YouTube or our website as I have, you can probably recall a stop-motion animation you've seen that looked really good. It was colorful, texturally interesting, and something about the motions really captured your attention. Movies like T-Shirt Wars and Sorry I'm Late are ...
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/ Animation, Education, HUE Animation, K12

SAM and teacher-made movies

Last week, I was shown an excellent instructional movie created by one of my colleagues here at Littleton High School. I wanted to highlight it to address a question that we often get during our workshops: "How can I use SAM with students when I only have 1 computer in ...
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/ Education, HUE Animation, Ideas and Tips, K12
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