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0 Content Creation Tools: A Quick Guide

MOHAMED AMIN EMBI

Centre of Academic Advancement Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 2011

CONTENT CREATION TOOL
- GOANIMATE -

What is a GoAnimate?………………………………………………………….1 The advantages of using GoAnimate…………………………………………....1 Using GoAnimate in education……..…………………………………………....2 Get started with GoAnimate…………………………………………………...3 References……………………………………………………………………....13

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CONTENT CREATION

TOOL

GOANIMATE

WHAT IS GOANIMATE?

GoAnimate is an online platform where users are allowed to create animations without the needs of background in graphics. It is free for non-commercial use. GoAnimate offers two types of accounts; GoAnimate basic for beginners and GoAnimate Plus+ for those who like to go a little further with their animation. However for plus account, a small fee is required. Nevertheless, basic account is also provided with interesting and fun features for users who like to create simple animations. Each theme is equipped with backgrounds, characters and props that you can combine to make your animations. In addition, you can start from scratch, or you can use predesigned template characters to save time and effort (goAnimate).

THE ADVANTAGES OF USING GOANIMATE

The following are the advantages of using GoAnimate according to Perez (2011):   No download and installation is needed to use GoAnimate. The user can select the template, character features and added their own scripts to the animation. Creating a rich animation video is as simple as that.   It acts as a storytelling platform to promote literary devices. Outlet for self-expression and creativity.

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USING GOANIMATE IN EDUCATION

The following are several usages of GoAnimate that can be implemented in education (Perez 2011):  It offers an alternative approach for teaching and learning plan compared to traditional learning and teaching.  It can be used as a tool to promote collaboration and exchange lessons learned among students and also educators.   It acts as a tool to share researched information about specific topics. Promote creativity not only of the students but also the educator to build interest in learning and teaching.  Students can use GoAnimate to create presentation and report instead of using traditional ways of presenting.  Users can upload and share their videos via GoAnimate to Facebook, digg, StumbleUpon, myspace, reddit, and del.icio.us for public viewing.  Makes lessons more engaging and interesting to students.

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GETTING STARTED WITH FLIPSNACK

STEP 1

Go to http:// www. Goanimate.com

STEP 2

Signup

Fill in the information required and read the terms of use.

Click ‘Create my account’. S

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Alternatively, users have the option to login using facebook or google account

STEP 3

Learn to animate

For Simple and quick text to word animation

Click on Get Started

Users can select their own preferences.

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Click next or scroll down . .

Choose a template @ background for your animation

Click next

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Choose characters for your animation.

Click next

Type in the dialog you wanted maximum line of dialog is 180 characters for one dialog box. User can choose character’s facial expression. Click on preview.

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Users can preview their animation here

Full featured animation

Click on ‘Make a Video’ on any available template

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* For this tutorial, stick figure template was used. Users can choose characters, background, insert music and sound effects plus special effects

Users can see and arrange all the characters that were chosen

Stage

Animation List

Timeline Scene

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Full Featured Interface

Users can choose from various free background templates

Users can choose from various free characters

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Click on the character to assign action to it

Users can choose various types of action (e.g. running, walking or standing) and character’s facial expression).

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Users can choose to use text-to-voice, mic recording or upload file for the character

Users can type in character’s dialog

Users can choose the suitable sound from the list for the character

Click add voice

* However, it is limited to one character’s action per scene.

Users can customise character’s appearance

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Users can choose effect on the character or for the scene

Users can import sound and voice or use the available music, effects and voice-overs

Users can use effect on the character or for the scene

To add new scene, just click on add scene or click +

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REFERENCES GoAnimate. http://htwww.goanimate.com. [10 September 2011]

Sid 2011. http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/author/nsiddharth123. [10 September 2011]

GoAnimate. http://teachweb2.wikispaces.com/GoAnimate. [10 September 2011]

How to make own animations. http://www.ehow.com/how_6644693_make-ownanimations.html.[10 September 2011]

Perez, L 2011. Animation Technology to Support Cross-Curricular Writing (GoAnimate).http://cpsproflib.wikispaces.com/goanimate. [10 September 2011]

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