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Animated Language


Presentation by Tonya Witherspoon and Dr. Marsha Gladhart
International Reading Association (IRA) San Francisco, CA, April 2002

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Computers help children learn

  • Bridge the transition from pictures to text

  • Develop visual literacy skills

  • Discriminate and interpret action and images

  • Critical observation skills

  • Improve the quality and quantity of children’s writing (pre-writing, storyboarding, editing)

  • Encourage critical thinking (which looks better? What happens next? How do we…?)

  • Support multiple intelligences

  • Give feedback on efforts to construct meaning

  • Encourage collaboration and cooperation

  • Build problem-solving skills

  • Support project-based learning
     

Animated language activities

  • Develop sequencing and order concepts

  • Demonstrate spatial sense in relation to self and environment

  • Describe an object in relation to another using positional language

  • Use language effectively to describe concepts

  • Work co-operatively in small groups

  • Encourage descriptive language

  • Build observation skills

  • Require captions that say a lot with a few words

  • Encourage students to be actively engaged in constructing meaning (asking questions, researching, discussing)

  • Provide a purpose and a stage (any child can be a star!)

 

Animated and interactive language examples

 
Animated Poetry

Hadley Middle School,  Wichita, KS
Lori Schock, Computer Studies

 

Animated Research

Mueller Elementary,  Wichita KS,
Beth Adamson, 4/5 Grade Classroom

Animated Disasters


 

Illustrated Poetry

Mueller Elementary, Wichita, KS
Beth Adamson, 4/5 Grade Classroom

Illustrated Haiku

Descriptive Writing

Mueller Elementary,  Wichita, KS
Beth Adamson, 4/5 Grade Classroom

Monster Stories

 

 

Virtual Field Trips

Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Tonya Witherspoon

Virtual Fire Station Field Trip

 

Virtual Tours

      Mueller Elementary, Wichita, KS
Beth Adamson, 4/5 Grade Classroom

Virtual Tour of Mueller Elementary

 

Clay Animation

Mueller Elementary, Wichita, KS
Marshall Dilsaver, 4/5 Grade Classroom
Beth Adamsion, 4/5 Grade Classroom

Robinson Middle School, Wichita, KS
Gail Boddy, Computer Studies

 

 

 

 

 

Resources:

Still Frame Animation: Claymation

How to Create Clay Animation

Clay Animation

Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Mary Sue Foster, Teacher Education/Art Methods

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Teacher Tools

Colvin Elementary, Wichita, KS
Linda Crabb,  K – 5 Technology Resource

http://colvin.usd259.org/

  • Printed books

  • Calendars

  • Parent tutor materials

  • Take-home reading bags for parents

  • Video Instructions for parents on VHS tape

  • Digital books saved on CD-ROM

marsha.gladhart@wichita.edu

tonya.witherspoon@wichita.edu

 

   

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Dr. Marsha Gladhart
Project Co-Director
Wichita State University
College Of Education

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Wichita, KS 67260-0131
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