17 Stop Motion Video Examples & Resources

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Many educators wonder how to inspire their students and motivate them to strive to learn. Standardized testing has burdened our students and a majority walk into our classrooms probably dreading the school year. My SEETA course, How Do You Youtube?, inspired me to think about the incredible benefits of using stop motion video for student motivation. Stop motion films can inspire your students because these films are creative, visually stimulating, and often feature incredible music. Here are three of my favorites from Vimeo. Visit the links to read about the making of these films, how they were used, and how the artist came up with the storyline:

A SHORT LOVE STORY IN STOP MOTION from Carlos Lascano on Vimeo.

Sister Winter from FloodSanDiego on Vimeo.

The Piano from Kleis Auke Wolthuizen on Vimeo.

Here are three places you can find several stop motion videos to inspire your students.

Classroom Uses

Educational uses of these videos, include having students:

  • discuss one of these videos as an icebreaker to a lesson involving digital storytelling
  • journal a response to one of these videos
  • work in groups to create the dialogue. The students can also create the subtitles for the video using Overstream or video editing software.
  • choose their favorite video to discuss in a round table discussion
  • work in groups and choose their favorite video to mimic

One of the best ways is to have students work in groups to create a stop motion video. This can be a part of any curriculum. Have students create one to show a real world use of the learning. This can apply to math word problems, explaining scientific theory, defining an idiom, and so forth. You can also use a variety of materials. Below is an example of a stop motion film Maryna Badenhorst’s students created using clay. In the video, Daylight, the students put a nice twist to the Romeo and Juliet story.

If you work with little ones like I do, then consider having them draw and color the scenes to a group story. The video, Chiarastella, is a great example of a class story created with student drawings and voices. Visit the website which tells you more about this cultural holiday in Venice where students go caroling door-to-door to raise money.

Chiarastella from Raffaella Traniello on Vimeo.

Tips and Resources

You will find the following resources valuable in creating and planning your stop motion film:

Challenge:

Have students create stop motion films.

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What are your favorite stop motion films? How could you use this in your class?


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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

11 thoughts on “17 Stop Motion Video Examples & Resources

  1. Shelly, this is an awesome collection of Stop Motion videos and resources. Many of my students have started making stop motion videos at home, the results are pretty amazing!

  2. What an extraordinarily inspirational set of videos, particularly the Daylight one. I am very impressed. I had wanted to do the same course myself but other things got in the way.
    As for other stop-motion stuff – I don’t know if the Lullaby series is stop-motion or animation or what, but they are wonderful too if you haven’t seen them – http://tinyurl.com/6lwny7

  3. Shelly,
    I’ve spoken to many teachers who either want to, or have been asked to, introduce stop motion into their classroom. But they are not sure just how to even start on a topic which a mix of art, language (English), and technology.
    After working with many children making stop motion movies I’ve written a resource book which covers every aspect of the process from writing the story, recording the audio, making the characters and recording the pictures. It is called Stop Motion Handbook using GarageBand and iStopMotion, by Craig Lauridsen
    http://www.acumen.net.nz/pages/NMSSMHandbook.html

    Please feel free to have a look at this resource as it may be the bridge many people (including parents and teachers) need to make a confident start in making stop motion movies.

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