SIMPLE ANIMATIONS TO EXPLAIN COMPLEX PROCEDURES

Below are a collection of animated GIF files that do a brilliant job at visually explaining how complex mechanical procedures such as how a sewing machine works.  These would be great for science and engineering students or simply those who have an inquisitive mind.  Enjoy.

RADIAL AIRCRAFT ENGINE:

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OVAL REGULATION:

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SEWING MACHINE:

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MALTA CROSS MOVEMENT - SECOND HAND MOVEMENT USED TO CONTROL THE CLOCK:

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AUTO CHANGE FILE MECHANISM:

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AUTO CONSTANT VELOCITY UNIVERSAL JOINT:

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GUN AMMUNITION LOADING SYSTEM:

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ROTARY ENGINE - AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE, THE HEAT RATHER THAN THE PISTON MOVEMENT INTO ROTARY MOVEMENT:

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INLINE ENGINE - IT'S CYLINDERS LINED UP SIDE BY SIDE:

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TED-ED - Lessons worth sharing goes BETA

Thanks to Sarah at Forbes.com for this snippet.

The innovative minds at TED have brought a new educational video website to the head of the class. Today, TED-Ed launched http://ed.ted.com, a site that features TED-Ed’s original K-12 animated videos with accompanying lessons and quizzes. On top of that, the site allows educators to create original lessons for any YouTube video, rendering the video on a new link where teachers can monitor student progress.

Each three- to eight-minute TED-Ed video comes with multiple choice quizzes, open ended questions, and a “Dig Deeper” section with further resources. The site is unusually user friendly—students can minimize videos on the webpage so they can keep watching while answering questions, and, if they get a multiple choice question wrong, the “Video Hint” automatically directs them to the exact point in the video where the question is answered.

Teachers, meanwhile, can monitor whether students have watched the video and keep track of their progress. All TED-Ed lessons can be edited to accommodate specific needs. “Our goal was to design a guided but also very flexible tool for teachers,” says Logan Smalley, the head of TED-Ed.

But teachers aren’t limited to the TED-Ed material, which right now includes about 25 videos covering topics from atoms to word choice. Educators can search for any YouTube video on the site, and “flip” the video to build an original lesson plan and create a unique URL, which can be accessed even if YouTube is blocked.

Dead Simple web animation tool for Students

I came accross Automatoon today and have spent about 15 minutes on it with my kids and the best thing I can say about it is that it is definitely kid friendly and something they can use right now to get creative in your classroom.

Automatoon is completely web based and free. There's no fussy authoring software to install (or pay for!) and you can effortlessly share your animations online. You can also easily export your animations and embed them in your own websites, all for free!

Automatoon is the easiest animation tool ever created. It is built using a new technology called CBT or "Composition by Tool". CBT is an algorithm that changes how the data behind an animation is structured, greatly reducing the effort required to create it.

Automatoon is powerful. Automatoon has many advanced animation tools built in, including skeletal animation, inverse kinematics, automatic tweening, morphing, and fades. More importantly, in Automatoon you can actually figure out how to use these tools without spending hours with a manual- CBT makes them completely intuitive.

Access Automatoon here.

Create your own Comics and Cartoon strips with PikiKids

Pikikids allows users to create their own comics, they can select their own layout, upload their own photos, add speech bubbles and fun graphics and then save and share their work.

Students may use this to turn a class text into a scripted comic, add pictures to their procedural texts....recipes look better with photos! They could create a comic response to a shared reading or retell Romeo and Juliet as a cartoon. A bit more motivating than a book report and requires some higher order thinking skills.

Your students will love getting creative with Pivot Stick Animator in the classroom

Pivot stick animator has been around for quite a while now and my kids have been using it for a number of years.  At first it looks like a really boring animation application that involves stick figures as the key graphical element. 

If you dig a little deeper however you will find that Pivot is one of them most open ended and fun learning opportunities freely available to students.  We have made movies of stories and used it explain concepts behind force and motion as well as a maths tool when creating timed animations.

Pivot Stickfigure Animator is a unique software, that allows you to create stick figure animations easily and without any artistic skills. You can move the sections of the sick figure and easily create a chain of animation frames that can be previewed as you go. You can use more than one stick-figure in the animation, and even create your own stick figures using an easy to use visual editor that lets you assemble objects out of lines and circles. In addition, you can optionally set animation size, speed and more. The result can be saved as animated GIF file. Fun and easy to use, surprisingly well featured.

Essentially the Pivot works like an on-screen flip book. A single image is first of all created by placing the stick figure character in a starting position and then pressing the next frame button. From here simple motion can be created by pressing and holding the mouse over a "pivot Point" and dragging that element to a new position, before pressing the next frame.  Simply repeat the process until the desired result is achieved.

You can download Pivot Animator freely here.

Your students will love getting creative with Pivot Stick Animator in the classroom

Pivot stick animator has been around for quite a while now and my kids have been using it for a number of years.  At first it looks like a really boring animation application that involves stick figures as the key graphical element. 

If you dig a little deeper however you will find that Pivot is one of them most open ended and fun learning opportunities freely available to students.  We have made movies of stories and used it explain concepts behind force and motion as well as a maths tool when creating timed animations.

Pivot Stickfigure Animator is a unique software, that allows you to create stick figure animations easily and without any artistic skills. You can move the sections of the sick figure and easily create a chain of animation frames that can be previewed as you go. You can use more than one stick-figure in the animation, and even create your own stick figures using an easy to use visual editor that lets you assemble objects out of lines and circles. In addition, you can optionally set animation size, speed and more. The result can be saved as animated GIF file. Fun and easy to use, surprisingly well featured.

Essentially the Pivot works like an on-screen flip book. A single image is first of all created by placing the stick figure character in a starting position and then pressing the next frame button. From here simple motion can be created by pressing and holding the mouse over a "pivot Point" and dragging that element to a new position, before pressing the next frame.  Simply repeat the process until the desired result is achieved.

You can download Pivot Animator freely here.

Anyone can animate with Go-Animate. Great for bringing writing to life.

My kids love to use animation tools such as Kahootz and Pivot to bring their wacky ideas to life.  While these tools are great they definitely have their limitations.  GoAnimate has to be the best online animation tool I have come across and it is really not that far off budget TV quality.  Students can create their own characters from scratch, import their own visuals and audio and access GoAnimates monstrous database of props and backgrounds.  This is a great tool to stimulate reluctant writers and your dramatically minded kids will love it. I think the best way to describe GoAnimate is to have a look at their demo video below.  I would love to hear from anyone that uses it regularly for some lesson suggestions.  Check it out here

Pivot Stick Figure Animation - Fun Learning tool for Students

Download this application that allows you to create fun stick
figure animations that range from the simple to the amazing!
You can even save your animation as a GIF file. You could
ask students to demonstrate their understanding of a topic
such as digestive system, levers and pulleys and more!