Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Animation Tool

"Pencil is an animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil is FREE and open source." It's a simple program, complete with a user's manual that does traditional 2-D animation. Take a look at the gallery to see some examples.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Copyright Friendly Clip Art

While the GVC contest encourages original art and photos, there are some cases where you just NEED to find a piece of clip art. Here are some sources:
  • Pics4Learning - A library of images donated by students, teachers, photographers... anyone with a picture to share. Permission to use AND citation information right under the picture!
  • WPClipart - All images are public domain. While originally created for Word Processing and printing, they work well as web images.
  • Wikimedia Commons - Many thousands of images. Scroll down under full sized image to see the particular licensing for this particular image. Almost all require attribution; some, but only a few do not allow derivative works (which means you can't edit the picture.)
  • Ookaboo - Creative commons site for finding great (free) images for class work.
  • Find IconsNice site for free icons.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Not just a slide show!

You've seen it; the teacher who wants to put together a slide show of students for parents' night or open house. Out comes Power Point and perhaps even an embeded sound or two....

How about uploading those photos to Animato, grabbing some of the royalty free music, hit the MAKE VIDEO button and wait for the completed video!

Better yet, create a class account and let the kids do it themselves.

Thirty second videos are FREE; year's subscription for unlimited length videos is currently $30/year.

See a sample mix of last year's participants.