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  Feature Name: Animation Creation Tool
Author: Tara Higgins

Category: Visualization Tools (pre-designed): Visual Explanations (2D+3D)

Subject: Life sciences

Kind: Element/Applet

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Software URL: Animator Creator

Created by: Jeff Holmes

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This Feature is connected to (4) Principles
  • Connect to personally relevant contexts
  • Reduce visual complexity to help learners recognize salient information
  • Support student initiated modeling of complex science
  • Encourage reflection
    Feature in Visual Map
    The feature includes an animation creation tool that enables students to easily create animations through a simple interface. Students define the number of frames and fill them in with simple drawing tools. They are able to play and edit their animations as their understanding of mitosis develops.
    The Rationale Behind the Feature (Specific Design Principle):
    Helps makes student thinking visible and to focus their attention on key elements of dynamic processes (e.g. mitosis). We believe that creating animations rather than simply viewing animations is a more powerful mechanism as it encourages students to adopt a design approach. Making animations encourages students to link ideas together in a coherent model. Viewing created animations highlights inconsistencies and places where a model breaks down.
    Context of Use:
    We envision students creating simple animations of mitosis as part of a WISE unit on cell processes. They will be given a pretend drug and asked to insert the drug somewhere along their mitosis animation in order to interupt the process at the right step to stop cancer cells from replicating.
    Field-based Evidence:
    none at this time