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Friday, January 13 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
"Animation as an Instructional and Motivational Tool for Teachers"

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Animation as a motivational tool promotes autonomous behavior and increases the student’s ability to self regulate behavior and to manage and control one’s own actions.  Teachers who use animation in their classrooms will notice high levels of engagement, intrinsic motivation, cooperation and collaboration.  When students are intrinsically motivated they become goal oriented and able to sustain goal-oriented behavior, which results in positive learning outcomes and products (Ryan & Deci, 2000).  

In the summer of 2016, CalstateTEACH provided animation training to over 100 teacher candidates and faculty in preparation for summer school teaching placements.  The first and second year teacher candidates received up to six hours of training in using iPad mobile devices to teach animation.  Using an inquiry based workshop model, teacher candidates were engaged in creating their own animations using two iPad animation applications (iMotion and Animatic) and a HTML 5 internet-based animation program called Mugeda.  The workshops addressed the instructional technology, pedagogy and skills needed for teaching animation using direct and inquiry based teaching methods demonstrating how animation can be used as an engagement and motivational strategy and as a collaboration tool in elementary level classrooms. 

Animation is a 21st century teaching and learning tool that makes learning accessible and exciting for both students and teachers. Visual media provides an engaging pathway for students to explore and understand academic content. It requires students to use many of the 21st century skills that will be needed for future career and college readiness. It is through active exploration, autonomous learning, creativity, communication and problem solving that students are able to acquire the technical skills and thinking strategies needed for career and college success.


Ryan, R. M., & Deci, E. L. (2000). Self-determination theory and the facilitation of intrinsic motivation, social development, and well-being. American psychologist, 55(1), 68.

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Donald Matthews

Faculty, CalStateTEACH

Friday January 13, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm PST
Continental Ball Room Foyer