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By Michael Vorster

"I have learned something important from you. If I want to do something with or for someone, I can make time for it, no matter what I am busy with.” - Grade 6 learner, two years after Michael taught him in Grade 4.

Learn how Michael uses stop motion animation to help his learners acquire Afrikaans language skills whilst giving learners a space to imagine, create, explore, think critically, collaborate and express their creativity.

The vision

The vision

With the Stop Motion Animation Project I wanted to provide a platform where learners can imagine, create, explore, think critically, collaborate and express their creativity freely. Learning how to navigate and utilise Google Slides and screen recording software enabled them to do create astonishing Stop Motion Animation videos. At the same time, they are acquiring Afrikaans language skills through writing a daily journal, writing a script and adding speech bubbles in Afrikaans. Their Stop Motion Animation videos are based on literature themes.

Curriculum standards

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  • Listening and Speaking

  • Reading and Viewing

  • Writing and Presenting

  • Language Structures and Conventions

Curriculum standards

Learning journey

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DURATION: (13.5 hours, 18 lessons, 4 weeks)

DIE LOODSING (Launch video)

Teacher planning

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A lot of planning and preparation has gone into the Stop Motion Animation project. I spent three hours with the members of my Afrikaans department on Stop Motion Animation training.

We launched the project one week before we started with the actual project. This created a lot of excitement. Our learners received their Hyperdoc with videos and website links to guide them through the various steps. They had four weeks to complete their animation videos in Afrikaans and they also had to keep a daily journal.

Their projects and journals were assessed using four rubrics. The components that were assessed include planning, execution, final product, and journal writing.

Teacher Feature

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Student activities

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Student Creations

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Elle Franck, 9C, and Chagall Potgieter, 9A

Daniel Gad and Daniel Buchalter, 8B

Gabriel Seef, 9C

Ella Levy and Jayda Leve, 8B

Student reflections

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"I love this project. I think that my animation is very clever and that my project is excellent. I have put in a lot of hard work. I spent many hours on the script, the Google Slides, and the edits on iMovie. I am proud of my sound effects and the music in the animation.  I think the project was very successful because I am proud of the final product and I did my best. I solved many problems."

Michaela, Grade 9


"I had a lot of fun making this project. I haven't had much trouble with the animation. It was a little difficult to edit, but once you know how to do it, it's not difficult. My partner and I had no major communication problems, and I really enjoyed the project. I would very much like to do another project like this instead of testing."

Daniel, Grade 8


"In general, I feel that this was a very good project. I really enjoyed working with my partner. Although some parts of the project were challenging, we pushed through and made a good project. I had a lot of fun and learned new things I didn't know before."

Rubi, Grade 8


"This project was a wonderful and new experience. I enjoyed doing the project with Tristan. It was more enjoyable with two people because I didn't have to concentrate on one thing. We can work on different things at once. It made it work faster. I sometimes felt frustrated because we didn't think the same and have different ideas, but we succeeded. The only thing is that I need more time. With a mate, it was better, but we still rushed at the end, but it was all worthwhile."

- Matthew, Grade 8

Technology used

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  • Chromebooks
  • Screencastify for screen recordings, iMovie / WeVideo for editing
  • Google Docs (HyperDoc)
  • Google Slides (for Stop Motion)
  • Bitmoji Chrome extension

What's next?

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I have recently started exploring Minecraft Education and would love to use it in my language lessons soon. Minecraft Education is a sandbox game with endless possibilities, making it a superb tool to integrate into any subject. It presents educators with a versatile platform that enables the development of vital 21st-Century skills while harnessing the power of gamification.

Closing thoughts

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“Teachers who put relationships first don’t just have students for one year; they have students who view them as their teacher for life.”

- Justin Tarte


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