In late September, students from Polaris Expeditionary Learning School in grades 6-12 participate in week-long intensives. These intensives take students all over Colorado, the country and the city and involve various themes. One of the themes of the week was “Tinkering with Time” in which students wrote, filmed, and edited a stop motion movie similar to the Lego Movie or as some of us may remember, Gumby.
What did the students do?
Students spent two days story boarding and designing their sets and setup for capturing images. Students spent Wednesday filming, some students taking almost 2000 pictures using iMotion or Hue HD webcams and Animation Studio. Thursday was spent editing using district-provided subscriptions to WeVideo, Adobe Premier and iMotion. Most of the materials used were purchased from student fees, direct donations and mill-levy funded devices like iPads and WeVideo subscriptions from the Educational Technology department.
Students describe the experience…
Students culminated the week by watching their videos on the big screen at the Lyric Cinema in old town Fort Collins. Each student was asked to discuss what they learned, what they liked and what they would do differently in the future.
Colton: “proud of doing something different” (than a normal school day)
Damacio: “I enjoyed story boarding and preparing for the project most”
Miller: “if I could change one thing it would be to be more patient, subtle movements would have made a more fluid animation”
Joe Gawronski (Polaris principal) stated he “think(s) the best part is watching a sixth grader work with a sophomore.
Kevin Denton (Polaris science teacher) enjoyed “watching people push themselves. It was a really difficult, slow project and I am proud of everyone’s efforts.”
Where can I watch the final products?
Student videos were posted to a YouTube playlist that is available here. Please feel free to leave comments for students.
Please contact an EdTech facilitator if you are interested in recreating this experience with your students.