Well, fourth grade finally got their iPads last week. After weeks of waiting and a little wondering if they would ever get here, the iPads made it and I got through an abbreviated first lesson with each class. I had to take some things out of the lesson because I just felt that I am too far behind and I would’t be able to catch up in time to get my final project done for my course.
For the most part the first lesson went off without a hitch. All the things that I planned worked with the only a small hiccup coming from the kids getting really excited about the project. The students were able to figure out the Drawing Pad app in groups quickly as planned and then they were able to draw the stick figure poses without any difficulty.
During one of the classes the admissions office brought by some parents to look at the ES program and they dropped by my room. When I explained the project of how we were going to create movement through the use of digital animation they seemed genuinely amazed. I think what was even more impressive to them was how engaged the kids were in their learning. The kids were focused, on task, excited about what they were doing and ultimately, they were having fun. That was kind of nice to see.
Next class we will start the next lesson in this project. The students are to choose an action that they can break down into 3 anchor poses as I call them. Anchor poses are the major poses that hold a movement together. The students will then pose in their 3 anchor poses while a neighbor uses their iPad to photograph them. The students will then use the Drawing Pad app to upload the photographs. They will then draw stick figures over top of their photograph of themselves. The idea is to get the right positioning and proportion of each pose. They may have to take more than 3 photographs to get their overlying drawing absolutely correct. Once the have got the drawings for the 3 anchor poses done, they will then start out drawing all the incremental poses in between the anchor poses.
Once they have got these done, they will have got all the reference material they need ready to create their animation. Stay tuned for the next update to see how things went.