I have just had a couple of super successful lessons with my grade 8 students and I owe it all to a wonderful Web2 tool called GoAnimate. My students and I had been working on the story “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros (From “Discovering Fiction 1” Cambridge University Press) and I wanted to make sure that they had understood the story. “Normally” I would have had them write summaries or dialogues but this time I asked them to retell the story by turning it into a cartoon. GoAnimate makes this ridiculously easy to do. So easy, in fact, that my kids (in pairs) were able to create super animations in only 1 lesson! Here’s a link to one of the animations they created: ELEVEN Great or what?!?
I was so impressed by the students’ work and the joy with which they completed this task that I registered as an educator and got an account 4schools! Next week I intend to have the student accounts ready there and I will ask them to watch the following “instructional video” which will introduce next week’s animation assignment. Well be reading a story about a grandfather and his grandson first so that’s why the topic is Grandparents.
What do you think? Do you have any experiences with GoAnimate4Schools to share with me?