Teaching Animation

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Question: Where can I find a site for teaching animation?

The IT Guy says:
I think animation is an incredibly cool activity for kids. With the type of technology available now, it is easier than ever to do. I have to say, however, finding good websites for educators on the topic was more difficult than I expected. I was surprised to find that many of the sites I've bookmarked in the past are no longer active. I worry that the push towards standards has pushed activities such as animation to the side. I hope that's not the case!

However, there are good resources out there. I have put a set of links into my bookmarks at del.icio.us/cmcquinn/IT_Guy. Look for links with 7-10-2007 in the description. The one that I recommend you start with is to an article from Edutopia about the ACME Animation program, created by Dave Master. Dave taught animation for many years at Rowland High School in Los Angeles, and created the ACME program to not only provide online instruction, but connect to mentors and professionals. Depending on how you want to use the resource, you can sign up students or yourself to participate in the program.

The other links in my del.icio.us account are almost all for clay animation educational sites. I love clay animation, but I would hope there are some good sites with drawn animation information for educators, too. If any readers know of good resources, please Email them to me and I'll add them to my links!

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