Free Animation iBook Launches

Nerve Centre make step-by-step resource available for schools and filmmakers to download for free

A free step-by-step guide to making quality animations using iPads in the classroom has been launched by the Nerve Centre’s Creative Learning Centre team and is now available from the iTunes iBook store.

The resource for teachers, entitled Creating Animation in the Classroom: A Step By Step Interactive Handbook From The Nerve Centre, takes users through the entire creative process, from planning the story and creating characters and convincing backdrops, to setting up the camera, managing the shoot and editing the film together.

The iBook is a follow-up to the Nerve Centre’s Digital Book of Kells project in 2013, which gave over 900 school children the opportunity to create an animated Book of Kells for the 21st century. The successes and challenges encountered in nearly 40 classrooms along the way informed and inspired the book.

Photographs from behind the scenes of the project, audio clips and Creative Learning Centre templates for teaching and learning present a host of interactive movies, galleries, worksheets and advice for the user to learn from and share.

In addition, some teachers involved in the Digital Book of Kells projects have contributed words of advice as a sample animation 'web', showing links across the NI curriculum at Key Stage 2 to help users get started. Tried and tested, this structured guide aims to provide a framework for introducing and developing creative, digital, collaborative, assessable skills into today’s working classroom.

John Peto, director of education at the Nerve Centre said: ‘This iBook goes well beyond the classroom. If you are a parent looking to unlock some constructive creativity from your kids' tablet or CoderDojo interested in a broader digital creative offering for young learners, then download and get stuck in. It's child's play when you have a guide like this to help you.’

The Creative Learning Centres deliver training, guidance and resources to over 5,000 teachers and 7,000 young people each year across Northern Ireland.

Funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and Northern Ireland Screen, the Creative Learning Centres work out of the Nerve Centre in Derry~Londonderry, Nerve Belfast and the AMMA Centre in Armagh.

Download Creating Animation in the Classroom from the iTunes store now.