'What better way than to use humor, color, and movement - all components of animation - to expose and engage our students in learning today's technology skills for tomorrow's future' (Clemons, 1998: p12).
Animation can provide a practical and visual way of learning. Within school, it is particularly beneficial as it can be used to capture and retain children's attention and can support and foster the development of creativity (Clemons, 1998).







The animation above was created using Windows Movie Maker. This is particularly good to use when working with children as it allows you to make high quality animations simply and easily, provided the resources and ideas (i.e. a storyboard, photographs etc.) are prepared beforehand. The animation created above was made using stop motion animation. The photgraphs are simply imported into Movie Maker, and the images are dragged and dropped into the appropriate order. The user is then able to adjust the timings accordingly, and add any audio or sound effects that they wish to also include. Nonetheless, when using moviemaker in school to crteate animations, it is important to consider the following:

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It is also important to ensure that when adding audio, 'royalty-free' music is download as this helps to prevent copyright. Below I have provided some useful links for this:
http://www.jamendo.com/en/ http://dmusic.com/ http://www.opsound.org/ http://www.soundclick.com/ [[@http://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/ ]]




Stop motion animation can also be created using models, such as clay models. One popular example of this is shown in the clip of the animation 'Morph' below:



Stop motion animation can be used to support teaching and learning in a number of subject areas alongside ICT. For example, the tea-making animation may support Literacy (instructional texts), whereas the stop motion clay animation may could be used to develop different skills in Art.