Slowmation is a simplified and faster form of animation geared towards students of almost all ages. Developed my Garry Hoban, the Associate Professor of the Faculty of Education at the University of Wollongong, Australia, this engaging task get students to delve into the finer details of the subject at hand. Similar to ‘Stopmotion Animation’ such as Claymation, which takes 24 photos a second to give the viewer a sense of fluidness, Slowmation relies on longer spans on single shots, from one to two seconds per photo. By doing so, this cuts down dramatically on the time it takes to develop the finished product, in turn, making it more accessible to children. Here is a great example that my students developed last year:
I have found personally, that by going through this process, the students have develop a much deeper understanding of the subject they are studying, as they need to know the finer details of each aspect of the topic. This task would be great as an assessment, to see what the students have learnt throughout a unit, or as an introductory lesson, to develop the students knowledge.
If you would like to make your own Slowmation video, I have made an extensive guide. Download this PDF and you too can be explanations fun and engaging again.