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Hoban, G. F., Ferry, B., Konza, D. M. & Vialle, W. J. (2007). Slowmation: exploring a new teaching approach in primary school classrooms. In J. Kiggins, L. K. Kervin & J. Mantei (Eds.), Quality in Teacher Education: Considering different perspectives and agendas. Proceedings of the 2007 Australian Teacher Education Association National Conference Wollongong: Australian Teacher Education Association.


Digital animation is a complex process that has been used in commercial movies such as Happy Feet, Chicken Run, Shrek and in educational resources that are made by experts. A new teaching approach called "Slow Motion Animation" (abbreviated to “Slowmation”) has been developed at the University of Wollongong and simplifies the complex process of animation so that learners can make their own animations of science concepts. This paper explores the extent to which this new teaching approach was used by 10 primary teachers in their school classrooms. The teachers were introduced to the approach at a one-day inservice course in July 2005 and were involved in a follow up study over 12 months to investigate if they had used it in their teaching. Data collected indicated that 8 of the teachers used the approach in various subjects and to different extents. Two of the teachers became regular users with children in year 1 and year 4 making several animations. A focus group held at the end of 12 months identified two issues that inhibit teachers using the approach: (i) there are issues about classroom management when using slowmation with a whole class; and (ii) access to appropriate technologies.

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