Collect - Relate - Create - Donate Framework

why stop motion?

  • Creativity: Students can show what they know best through the act of creation. In creating a script and storyboard for a video, students not only show what knowledge they have gained but help the brain to become an even better tool for logical and rational thought.
  • Thought process: Building a stop motion video takes planning. An initial idea starts as a thought, is fleshed out in a script and then start to come to life as the storyboard is created. Working through a process like this helps students to think about working logically through a project.
  • Finishing a project: Students find great satisfaction in being able to watch their video with classmates. Being able to finish a project and show it to others builds self esteem and provides a platform for successfully accomplishing tasks in the future.
  • Attention to detail: Moving figurines hundreds of time to create a stop motion project takes careful planning and acute attention to detail.
  • Follow directions: There are many steps involved in making a stop motion film. Because students are highly engaged in this activity, instructors have the opportunity to use the project as a means of showing how following directions produces great results with less hassle.
  • Teamwork: The best stop motion projects are made in teams. Refining scripts, storyboards, and creating the film can all be done in groups. Those groups that work well together always seem to have the best projects.
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why comic life?
why blogging?
why wordle?

why infographics?

Best Practice Process
But before you look at any online tools, you should have an idea of the best practice process for any kind of design, be it graphic, product or anything else:


  • Before you begin anything, you need to decide what your subject is going to be and do some reading. There is nothing worse than an infographic that presents stale, old information or worse, nothing at all!


  • Once you have some hard data to work from, you need to begin to consider the design. Infographics often work best when the graphics reflect the subject of the data, so try and let the data inform and drive the design. In this part of the design process as many avenues as possible need to be explored.

Brainstorm / Form Concepts

  • Once you have outlined your ideas, try and work them together into several more coherent concepts. This is best done with at least one other person to act as a sounding board for your ideas, and to add another perspective.

Refine Down To 1 Concept

  • Continue the refining process through sketching and iterations, and gain feedback from as many people as possible. You should begin to see the finished product coming into shape.


  • Now you have your final concept you can go about putting the finishing touches in, as well as any last minute refining that needs to be done. With infographics this usually means adding highlights/textures to really make the graphics pop.

why scratch?
why podcast?
why movies?

examples of transformative use