Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Goanimate - TNF unit 10 lesson 1

Thanks Gülşen for sharing this!

This is a really great example of using GoAnimate to provide a bit of variety in the class.

  • I haven't used this 'scene' before, but I like the way you can control the characters' movements! Neat! 
  • Also, hats off to you for combining two scenes in one. Did you do this using the YouTube video editor? Very professional!

Gülşen--I am really curious to know what your students' reaction was, and how you exploited it in class.

  • I wonder how long it took you to put this together? Upon reflection, do you think that the time it took was well spent? 
  •  In fact, like the example of Erhan's flashcard stacks, I guess it would be possible for teachers to form a small working group, and create a set of these to share.  What do you think?


  1. I think this is really a nice idea and well done Gülşen and her class. I was just thinking about doing something similar tomorrow with TN-Unit-10 Review section and was thinking how I could make it work...well here it is. It looks like it works fine already.

    An additional idea I am thinking of is to make use of such video conversations (created by students and teachers in/out of class) as listening practices. I think these could be embedded into, for example HotPot quiz files, html and then prepare questions about the conversation. I'll start working on that soon.

    Thanks Gülşen & Steve

  2. Thanks a lot for your comments! This is my first video so I'm happy about your positive feedback.
    I spent like an hour to prepare the video because I wasn't familiar with goanimate-except for the workshop. Before you start, it provides you with some tutorial and it makes it even easier for you!
    And it was definitely worth the time I spent preparing the video because my students enjoyed it a lot. They were also interested in the process of creating the video so I'm planning to have a mini workshop about using goanimate in my class.
    The idea of forming a small working group for teachers is great! It will save time for next years.
    Thanks a lot!


  3. Gülşen - great to hear your students liked it. Apparently, you can record your own voice instead of TTS -- might be something to try in the future. Students would really be impressed if their 'hoca' was actually one of the voices in the scene. Just like the real animation movies, like SHREK, etc. :)

    Wonderful idea to get the students involved in making their own. I would think that creating dialogues for practice would be a lot more fun for them (and for the teachers!). I was wondering if it would be possible to use your technique of combing two videos in one, and have the students 'build' a story over the course of the semester, with different groups in the class responsible for different episodes...just an idea.

    Regarding the idea of a small working YouTube it is possible to 'subscribe' to a user, so I can see all of your work. I can also add your videos to my own playlists. That might be the easiest and most flexible way to proceed...just subscribe to the teachers who are generating content, and then we all can see and access the videos (and leave comments, etc.) I tend to shy away from too much formality when it comes to groups or teams, as this can 'kill' creativity and serendipity. But I'm open to other suggestions.

  4. Well, here's what I just came up with in a few minutes. There might be some problems, however, this is just a try to show what we can do. And it took me like 5-10 minutes to prepare it. Of course, having the video ready it's much easier. I think students might like having their own creation used for such purposes as in exercises etc.

    Here's the link:

  5. Talip. Neat. I guess this was done in Hot Potatoes. I wonder if anyone else uses this program, or if there would be an interest in a hands-on session in a lab on how to use it. It's rather old, but it is still quite functional.

    I've subscribed to Gulsen's YouTube channel, which is an easy way to keep up to date with any new videos that she creates. For those teachers using YouTube, we could just follow or subscribe to each other and that would be a 'virtual' working group without the need to meet. Sharing 'mashups' like you have done could be accomplished via the comments feature in YouTube as well...a rather informal arrangement, but we can see how it goes. As you pointed out, once a resource like a video prepared and available for other teachers to use and build on, it saves a lot of time for everyone. Great example.