Friday, September 16, 2011

Using Go animate

This is my African animation. 

A few ideas for using this animation with students in the early days:-
  • They could introduce themselves using an interview format
  • They could create a dialogue in pairs about their cities
  • In pairs they could talk about their first impressions of the campus, the SFL, learning Englsih etc etc 
You just need a YouTube account and channel (easy to create) and use Goanimate.  See Steve's post at for more details.


  1. Dindy - Neat! Love the hippo! Choosing an English accent was appropriate for the hippo, but I think an American accent would have been more in keeping with the upbeat character of the zebra! ;)

    I was ever so impressed how quickly you put this together...from start to finish, less than 15 minutes. Of course, now that you've done it once, I can see creating an animation in under 10 minutes or less, depending on how well formed the dialogue is in your mind when you begin. This means that it is practical for teachers to whip up an animation on demand for an upcoming lesson, based on the content of the lesson. With data projectors in the classrooms, this could be an easy way to add some variety to the input cycles, and there is sooo muucchhh one could exploit as a follow on from even a one minute animation.

    For example, you could ask students to describe the character of the hippo (pessimistic, gloomy, conservative) and the zebra (optimistic, cheerful, adventurous) etc. They could also predict the outcome at the end, or they could suggest why the hippo is like he is. Depends, of course, on the level of the students.

  2. Hi,

    I have used goanimate several times in my classroom and students liked it a lot. They like especially follow up activities like continuing a conversation and creating a follow-up video. Thanks for the workshop Steve!

  3. Erhan - wonderful to see someone dive in and use GoAnimate so quickly! No other better feedback on a workshop than this. :) If your students come up with some interesting dialogues, perhaps you can share them here. And if you develop some good ways to manage this in class, integrate it with the syllabus and how best to get students to use this tool productively, perhaps you can share your experiences and give a follow-up workshop?