video creation

Q3 Animation for Stories

18. Digital Storytelling

This is the development of a multimedia story using an animation resource

Key Vocabulary

Animation: Animation is a way of making a movie by using a series of drawings, computer graphics, or photographs of objects (such as puppets or models).

Scripting: Scripting is planning and writing.


1. Your group should start by taking a quick look at the different resources listed below. Look at the requirements for the type of computing device that can be used, and check with your teacher about any that need to be downloaded as apps or to a web browser add-in.

Animation and Digital Storytelling Resources

Two free animation and digital storytelling resources suggested:


a.animotoAnimoto (Mac, Windows, and apps available for Android, Chromebook, and iPad)

An online site or an app where the Free account is limited to making a 30 second video animation. It's amazing how much you can do in 30 seconds. Think of all the commercials and ads you see which are only 30 seconds long, and how much can be conveyed. View this "How to make your first video!" on the Animoto Help site. This is a different step-by-step tutorial (PDF file ).


b. wevideo icon WeVideo  (Mac, Windows, Apps for Android, Chromebook, & iPad)

It is free, but requires an email address to register. You can upload images, videos, text, add your voice, use their music clips, and create your short PSA video.  WeVideo tutorial  (SchoolTube), WeVideo instructions.pdf


2. Suggestions

  • Play and explore with the application or app until you are comfortable enough to begin scripting your animation.
  • Use your draft ideas from Quest 2, and modify them to fit the animation program you have selected.
  • Gather additional media elements needed for the program you are using and remember to follow the rules for copyright:
  • Create your digital PSA story (revisit the PSA rubric.pdf )

3. Complete your multimedia PSA and have another group watch it to provide feedback, referring to the rubric as they watch it.

4. Discuss the feedback as a group and make any modifications or improvements if needed.

5. Collaborate with your partner or group and prepare a two-three paragraph reflection on:

  • something you each learned from this activity
  • three tips you would give to another group beginning to work on this project
  • how can you use this type of application in the future or for other classes

6. Check with your teacher on how to turn in your project and reflection

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ISTE and Common Core Standards

ISTE Standards•S

1. Empowered Learner
a. Articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

2. Digital Citizen
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices

4. Innovative Designer
a. Know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.