With education moving more towards an experiential, hands on, student-centered, and Constructivist emphasis, the use of student-generated animations in the classroom are a perfect next step! 

 What is Claymation? 

Claymation or clay animation is a form of Stop Motion or Slow Motion animation where non-hardening clay is used.  Claymation was used to create Gumby, Wallace and Gromit, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeerand even the movie Coraline.

 What is Stop Motion? 

Stop Motion animation is an animation technique where objects are manipulated to appear to move on their own.  The object is moved in small increments, and a photo is taken of each movement.  When the series of frames are played back, the illusion of movement occurs.
  If you've ever seen a flip book, the concept is the same.

Why use it in the classroom?

The video below demonstrates examples of how it can be utilized in the classroom.  You can also see direct curriculum connections on this site.

Claymation and Stop Motion in the Classroom was created by Keri Muller
 for  Dr. Ben Baab's Fall 2009 DML 670 Issues, Trends and Research in
 Digital Media and Learning Graduate class at USF.