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e-twinning project 2008-2009

This Project is in the shortlist of the European e-twinnings Prizes 2010


November 2009 the Latvian partner gets the National etwinning Award

December 2010 the Greek partner gets the National etwinning Award


title: IT’S UP 2U :


decription : Creative Clay Animations concerning the eco-issues we face today and the use of Web 2.0
Partners: Portugal, Greece, Austria, France,Latvia
Language: English, Portuguese, Greek, Austrian, French, Latvian
Age: 4 to 6 years old

Aims: Teachers encourage pupils to show up local and global eco-issues and using the ICT and Web 2.0 to make their suggestions by acting as well to produce a clay video animation about


Content: A character, a Penguin by clay, visits schools by the real post and pupils discuss with him about eco -issues.. These discussions concern our planet, our country, our region, our town. Class discussions show up a local or global issue and the pupils choose what they like to work on.. They make their characters by clay and they develop a short animated story about 30'' supporting by their teachers.

  • Greece-Austria-France-Portugal-Latvia free to choose the right time for them to make their own animation ..
  • the appropriate common software for the animation will be given to all the partners on time..
  • Each school will upload it's part on UTube adding the appropriate music .. as well on our Wikispace
  • All the stories will concern eco –issues

Suggested Work Process for making the Animation

  • Teachers and pupils be aware on the previous partners work..
  • An Eco-video on the Blog and the Penguin 'brings' new ideas in the class and teachers encourage pupils to say their own concerns about environmental issues..
  • We ask pupils to suggest ideas ..
  • As we choose the main concept of our story we separate it into sub-parts..
  • We make the Storyboard
  • Characters must be 'moved' very slowly..
  • The final movement must remind the real life (pupils have to think how the characters or anything else in our scene are moved in real life)
  • The camera must be still at the same point until we finish the whole shooting
  • It's recommended a tripod where our camera will be on ..

We create a Blog : eco4kids
There, all partners may pick up each month one from the suggested GREEN IDEAS* on our Blog, which fits better to their school curricula. Additional partners may post any school activity they develop and it concerns eco issues

9 GREEN IDEAS*

1. PRECYCLING .. “Pre” means “before” and “precycling” means we can “preventing recycling” by taking a little action before… make reusable bags for the supermarket using. Cloth or paper is ok…
2. SAVE ENERGY… turn off the lights when you aren’t in the room / Walk, ride a bike or take the bus instead of traveling by car to come at school./Shut off the water when you brush your teeth;
3. OBSERVE THE PHENOMENA .. make a Winter calendar, note the days with rain, the days with snow.. exchange this data with your partners and discuss about them at your school;
4. PLANT A TREE… choose a place at your school yard .. plant and care of a tree through all the year;
5. RECYCLE BOOKS .. your partners would be happy if you could send them some of your books you don’t need anymore;
6. CHOOSE AN INDOOR PLANT.. take a good care of it and show the others all its growing up phases;
7. REDUCE THE USE OF PAPER AT SCHOOL.. let us know how? Make your own paper mache, creating a craft by this and send it to your partners by the real post;
8. SING A SONG about environment and using it to make a VOKI;
9. MAKE AN ECO-BROCHURE.. or what else creatively you may think for your school for your town.. disseminate what you achieved this year;




How to make a video animation with Stop Motion pro

STORYBOARD
–let’s name a file sea, and suppose you want your storyboard to have 6 parts -
(sea1, sea2, sea3, sea4, sea5, sea6)
(this will be your guide to make your shots )
2./ Store all your camera shots (.jpg) into separated folders
(sea1=150F, sea2=125F, sea3=125F, sea4=100F, sea5=175F, sea6=100)
(remember: 25F for each second) (F= frames=photos)
(pupils take photos –teacher moves slowly the characters)
3./ Open STOP Motion Pro
File/ new project >>give a name >>Capture settings/Still image capture(400X450) >>ok
File/Import Individual files >>select all the files of sea1 >>ok >Import Resize/Resize all the files
File/Make Movie >>ok >> Save us in a new folder where all your .avi will be
(follow the same procedure for all your above Folders)
(sea1/sea2/sea3/sea4/sea5/sea6)
(so you have s1.avi s2.avi s3.avi s4.avi s5.avi s6.avi)
4./ Final video
File/ Import AVI file >>s1.avi
File/ Import AVI file >>s2.avi
File/ Import AVI file >>s3.avi
File/ Import AVI file >>s4.avi
File/ Import AVI file >>s5.avi
File/ Import AVI file >>s6.avi
File / Make Movie (check : Use audio format) >>Browse>>select your music in wav format>>ok>> Save us : that’s all !