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Using robots to teach PowerPoint animation

Around this time of year when I introduce animation in PowerPoint, I try to find something topical to animate.

So I’ve got my 4th graders to think about ‘Man and Machine‘ -specifically how a human could evolve into a humanoid. We use the custom animation tool to draw a path to make the human glide across the screen to turn into a robot.

To preface it, I showed them a clip of Asimo, the Honda humanoid project. Asimo is the acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility. It is a 4-foot 3-inch character that can run, climb steps, and play a bit of football (soccer). Even those who aren’t into robotics get instantly engaged.

I asked the class what they thought of man and machine after watching this; some thought it was a bit weird and creepy, but pretty cool.

Once the unit is completed, I figure this will be a good way to re-introduce Coding for the Hour of Code project. How do they build a set of instructions to make an inanimate object move? Coding and animation have a lot in common!

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Posted by on November 13, 2017 in Ed-Tech, Education, STEM, Technology

 

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Hidden illustration & animation talent

I simply asked my 6th graders to work with ‘stick figures’ this afternoon, teaching animation in PowerPoint.

Within 20 minutes, this is what I saw!

Mini storyboards with cartoon characters, galloping sheep and even a shark attack. The one with yellow bars is actually a ‘game’ that plays with sound as the ball travels through. What hidden talent!

 

sharktalent  game 

 

 

 

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Posted by on December 13, 2016 in Ed-Tech, Education

 

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