Animate This!
Presenters: Nicole Bauas & Christie Ruschau
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Session Description: 
In their STEM course, eighth graders completed a 4-week PBL unit on stop motion animation.  They wrote storyboards (first on their own, then brainstormed and rewrote as a team), created their sets, and filmed the videos using O Snap!, which is also used in our high school.  The driving question was:  How do we use visual technology to tell a story without using words?  This unit covers ELA, Art, and ISTE Standards.  In ELA, students wrote the story for another group's movie.  This practice with writing narratives and other writing standards also had real-world applications of author's purpose, theme, mood, etc.  The driving question:  How do we take a video with no words and add the dialogue to make a narrative? 
Presenters Bios:
Nicole Bauas currently teaches a STEM course at Northmont Middle School.  She designed and implemented the curriculum for this new program.  She taught gifted for the past thirteen years, ten of those in Northmont elementary schools.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Miami University and a Master's Degree in Gifted Education from Bowling Green State University.  

Christie Ruschau currently teaches eighth grade Language Arts at Northmont Middle School.  She has taught this subject for the past fifteen years.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Write State University and a Master's Degree in Educational Technology from the University of Dayton.