Unit I Lesson I -- What is Animation?
Animation or the idea of animation was used as early as the Paleolithic age. Cave paintings discovered show animals that are illustrated with “multiple legs in superimposed positions, clearly attempting to convey the perception of motion.” (Wikipedia) The Chinese in 180 AD developed the Zoetrope, sequential drawings placed into the device and turning it conveyed motion. Although there are many animation techniques, today most animation is created digitally.
When teaching a concept animation gives a student an eyes on experience for a concept they may not be able to get their hands on. Below is an example found on Wikipedia of an animation of a Pump
Based on research, animations are not necessarily more effective than static grapics, but the characteristics of animations have positve effects on learning. Animations are an excellent aid to teachers when explaining difficult concepts, for example as shown above the animation teach a concepts that one cannot see.
View a few examples of animations follow this link and browse through the various animations. These animations are dealing with the effect of drugs and alcohol on the brain. When you are finished click your browsers back button to return to this page.