Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Automatoon - Create Animation for the Web

Automatoon is a Web Animation Tool that Richard Byrne has blogged about on his site Free Tech 4 Teachers. Make the time to visit this mega-resource site. It is an amazing website where Richard posts insightful reviews of Web 2 tools. I think one of the really helpful things that Richard does is he places the tool within an educational context.

Sometimes it is easy to see how much fun a Web tool might be in the classroom but not as easy to recognise the educational benefits. Richard tends to write up how he would use it in the classroom. This is great because it allows us to see HOW it can be used and then we can contextualise this into our own situations. Enjoy!!!

Automatoon is a free service for creating simple to complex animations that you can reuse anywhere on the web. There are three basic steps to using Automatoon. First, you draw and color your images. Second, you break apart each element of your drawing. And third, you specify the animation action for each part of your drawing. For example, when I made a simple animation of a face I started by drawing the face then separating the elements and finally specified the sequence in which I wanted the face to be reassembled as an animation.

You can add as many parts to your Automatoon animations as you like. There are three basic animation actions that you can specify; bend, change, and move. Each part of your drawing can have one, two, or all three of those actions. The tricky part is putting together the correct sequence of actions.

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