This afternoon on Twitter I was asked for some recommendations for tools that students can use to create animations. The first one that came to mind was the one that was freshest in my mind, that was Sketch Star. After sharing that link I went back into my archives for some other tools that students can use to create animations and came up with four others. Here are five tools that students can use to create animations.
from Miniclip is a fun and free tool for creating animated comics. On
Sketch Star students can create draw animations from scratch or use
pre-made shapes and characters. Students build their animations frame by
frame. Each frame appears in a timeline that can be altered by dragging
and dropping the frames into different sequences. The length of time
that each frame is displayed can be adjusted too. Completed projects can
be saved online.
Stop Frame Animator from Culture Street is
a neat tool for creating animated stop motion movies. Creating your
animated stop motion video is a simple drag and drop process on Stop
Frame Animator. To get started creating your stop motion video select a background scene
then drag your characters into place. While you have nine background
scenes to choose from, the only characters you can use are wooden
manikins. You can position the manikins’ arms and legs in every scene.
After choosing your scene and characters you can add some other props
like chairs and beach balls. And if you want you can add sound effects
and music to your video by selecting them from the Stop Frame Animator gallery.
is an iPad app (free and premium versions available) for creating
short, animated videos. The app allows you to create drawings using just
your finger on your iPad’s screen. In the free version of the app (the
version that I tried) you can create up to 50 scenes in each of your
projects. In each scene you can include as little or as much as you want
to draw on the canvas. There are a few different brush and pencil
effects that you can use in your drawings. The opacity of the colors you
choose can be altered too. When you have completed drawing all of your
scenes hit the play button to watch your animation unfold. If you’re
happy with your animation you can export it to YouTube.
Draw Island is a free online tool for creating drawings and simple GIF animations. Draw Island
offers you your choice of four canvas sizes on which you can draw. Draw
Island offers two canvas sizes for creating simple GIF animations. To
use Draw Island just head to the site and select a drawing tool. You can
draw free hand (or should I say free mouse?) or select pre-defined
shapes to use in your images. When you’re done drawing just click the
save button to download your drawing or animation.
Wideo is a service that allows anyone to create animated videos and Common Craft-style
videos online. You can create an animated video on Wideo by dragging
and dropping elements into place in the Wideo editor then setting the
sequence of animations. Each element can be re-used as many times as you
like and the timing of the animation of each image can individually
adjusted. Wideo’s stock elements include text, cartoons, and drawings.
You can also upload your own images to use in your videos.