Saturday, February 20, 2010

Create Simple Animated Movies with Zimmer Twins

The Zimmer Twins is a neat site for introducing elementary school students to making simple animated video stories. On the Zimmer Twins site students can create a story from scratch or complete one of the "cliff hanger" story starters. Students do not need to have any drawing skills in order to create a story as all elements are added to the video through a simple drag and drop interface. Students select settings, characters, character actions, emotions, and text styles then drag those elements into the storyboard. Students then arrange those elements and type words into the conversation bubbles where appropriate.

Applications for Education
The Zimmer Twins provides teachers with some sample lesson plans for creating movies in elementary school classrooms and ELL/ESL classrooms. If you're students are having trouble starting a story from scratch, the Zimmer Twins "cliff hanger" story starters could help your students get started.

The Zimmer Twins is similar to Xtra Normal and Memoov which are included in my list of Six Easy Ways for Students to Create Videos Online.

Week in Review - Most Popular Items

I have to start this week in review post by once again thanking everyone who guest posted earlier this week. It was great to read all of your posts and I was very happy to see all of the discussion that those posts generated. I encourage anyone that missed the guest posts to visit the archives for February 14, 15, 16, and 17.

Here are the seven most popular items of the last week:
1. Web 2.0 & Students With Disabilities
2. Weblist: Create a Visual Gallery of Your Collected Sites
3. EyePlorer - Visually Explore Wikipedia
4. Diigo Teacher Accounts
5. Free eBook - Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
6. Every Principal Needs a Blog!
7. Two Quick, Easy, and Free Drawing Tools

As always, thank you to everyone that has shared this blog with your friends and colleagues. Because of you, this week we exceeded 2100 fans of Free Technology for Teachers on Facebook.

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