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Go Animate

First of all, I couldn't resist including a few photos of my students in their Halloween costumes.  









We just finished reading Monsters are Due on Maple Street.   Last year I had my students use Powtoon to create videos focusing on a theme in the teleplay.  Although I liked  Powtoon, there were not too many options in regards to scenes and characters (at least not with a free trial).  Therefore, I decided to give GoAnimate a shot!  I am so glad I did.

First students wrote a theme statement about the teleplay and got it approved by me ( a bad theme statement would make for a bad video project).  They then had to find four pieces of textual evidence to support their theme, as well as explain  the context of the evidence.  Finally, they wrote an analysis of each quote explaining how it helped develop the theme.  The next step was to incorporate all of that information into a video.  

I was shocked at how quickly students caught on to using Goanimate.  Within ten minutes, they were recording voice overs, creating aliens with three eyes, and adding scary music to their productions!  The students seemed to enjoy the opportunity to be creative, while completing a challenging assignment.  We will continue working on them next week.  




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