Caitlin Kilts The Hewitt School Outline of Presentation Who am I? Why model? What are the benefits of the Stykz program? How do I use Stykz? What would a Stykz animation grading rubric look like? What are some ideas for using Stykz? Let’s play! Why use models? Helps students actively engage with the material Decreases reliance on rote memorization Addresses multiple learning modalities Increases/deepens comprehension Decreases “activation energy” for learning a new concept Teacher as guide, not lecturer Facilitates environment of partnership, not hierarchy Allows for more honest analysis of students’ understanding Reduces reliance on testing for student evaluation Benefits of the Stykz Program Freeware- free to download and use Multi-platform Simple, negligible learning curve Allows for easy assessment of comprehension and misconceptions Frame based/onion skin layers Compatible with pivot Can be used with any grade level Getting Started Go to http://www.stykz.net/ to download the program (for PCs and Macs) Beginning Your Animation Use their “Create Your First Animation” tutorial Select “Default Document” if you would like a Stykz figure to start with Select “Blank Document” if you want to start from scratch Getting the hang of the program Segment Drag nodes Frame Palette Pivot nodes Create new frame Creating a new slide Use drag node to New Leg Position Old Leg Position New Frame (current one) move whole shape Use pivot node to move individual segments When a shape is selected the pivot nodes will change from blue to red For a smoother animation, make tiny changes Repeat, repeat, repeat Commands Play: runs through Current figure: To use only on highlighted the animation figure (this is just a preview) Affects the whole figure (unless you use special Add Stykz figure: arrow) gives you a new little guy Note for color: Add Piv 2 figure: give you a new little guy, but with thinner lines The tools on the side… Select (select one or more figures) Subselect (select one specific segment) Polyfill (connect nodes to make filled polygons) Add line (add a line to an existing node) Add circle (add a circle to an existing node) Saving! To save as QuickTime movie: File> Export Animation Be sure you have QuickTime installed on your computer! Make sure that you chose your animation speed carefully! Don’t make it super-sonic! Animated GIF works well also Things to remember! Do not “click and drag” Save early, save often when creating new shapes, just click and click again IMPORTANT: If you add a shape to an earlier slide, it is not automatically added to all following slides! Save multiple versions…if you’re trying something new, save the old version, just in case Some useful articles Marbach-Ad, Gili, Yosi Rotbain, and Ruth Stavy. "Using Computer Animation and Illustration Activities to Improve High School Students' Achievement in Molecular Genetics."Journal of Research in Science Teaching 45.3 (2008): 273-92 Newman, Penny, and Ed Peile. "Valuing Learners' Experience and Supporting Further Growth: Educational Models to Help Experienced Adult Learners in Medicine." BMJ325.7357 (2002): 200-02. Ornek, Funda. "Models in Science Education: Applications of Models in Learning and Teaching Science." International Journal of Environmental & Science Educatio3.2 (2008): 35-45. IJESE. Web. <http://www.ijese.com>. Pellegrino, James. "Knowing What Students Know." Issues in Science and Technolog XIX.2 (2003): 48-52.