Title: How using mobile phones or tablet computers to make stop-motion animations can support Initial Teacher Education
Dr Jocelyn Wishart
School of Education
University of Bristol
It has recently become possible for students to create a short stop-motion animation in a teaching session in an hour or so using Plasticine, either a Smartphone or a tablet with an on-board camera and freely downloadable software. Making such 'claymation' animations as a means of teaching in school science can be very engaging, both prompting peer discussion about the science and showing up students' misconceptions for the teacher to act upon. Indeed I found students reported this discussion as they worked to be most help to their understanding the science being taught. In another study [http://www.bristol.ac.uk/education/research/sites/animating-science/] I found that creating stop-motion animations can also support science teacher trainees by enabling them both to consider and reflect on their own science understanding in depth and also by encouraging them into thinking through the process of communicating the underpinning science to others (Wishart, 2017).
All conference delegates, whatever their experience with making animations, are welcome to this workshop where they will be briefly introduced to the theory behind the success of animation creation in initial teacher education. Then they will work in small groups to make a stop-motion animation for themselves to learn more about the benefits of and challenges to teaching in this way. Each group will need a Smartphone or iPad and we will be using iMotionHD (iOS) or Stop Motion Studio (Android, Windows) if you want to practice with the app ahead of the workshop.
References: Wishart, J. (2017). Exploring How Creating Stop-Motion Animations Supports Student Teachers in Learning to Teach Science. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 49(1-2), 88-101.
Jocelyn Wishart was Senior Lecturer in Science Education at the University of Bristol until very recently. She became involved in mobile learning through her interest in using handheld devices to support teacher trainees on placement in schools. However, in the current school culture in England, where there is debate over using mobile phones in school, trainees tended not to feel comfortable about using a handheld device in a classroom context. This led Dr Wishart to research further into social and ethical issues associated with using personal devices like mobile phones to support learning and to develop support for new researchers and teachers in addressing the new ethical concerns. Her book 'Mobile learning in Schools' is being published by Routledge this Autumn. She is Membership Secretary of the International Association of Mobile Learning.