My best story: stop motion video – Observatory


Emotions are part of our daily life; however, it is not always easy to describe or express how we feel. Adolescence is a period marked by many physical and psychological changes, it is therefore essential to give our students the tools to better express their thoughts, feelings and emotions. Writing and telling stories can help emotional well-being. Every narrative contains characters who solve problems with strategies and actions that students can relate to their personal lives (Geres, 2017). Using technology and storytelling, we can create classroom videos in a fun and didactic way that promotes their positive emotions and develops their emotional intelligence.

At Tec Preparation Morelia campus in Mexico, we designed an activity where students did a Stop movement video (Where animation volume by name in Spanish). They told a story or a personal experience, recalling pleasant and happy times when they felt fulfilled and complete. They recreated the scenes using various static objects through videos that they recorded with an app on their cell phones or tablets. They then shared their video productions with their peers. Stories are a useful tool for learning, but they also help to heal and promote positive attitude changes in students, especially as they move from being ‘listener’ to ‘speaker’ telling. actively stories.

“Creating volume animations in the classroom develops students’ artistic, creative and technological skills. This helps the student to put in an effort, to assess themselves, to follow their steps throughout the process, and to check if their video is working.

According to positive psychology, savor the future is a broad concept that helps a person imagine how they see themselves in the short and long term; it’s a way of working with emotional intelligence and positive emotions (Pawelski 2016). Savor (to savor happy times) and remember (to remember good times) are strongly correlated with desirable outcomes that include higher rates of well-being or happiness (Kurtz 2017).

Stop motion instructional videos

Stop motion is a technique which consists in giving movement to static objects through photographs. Rigid three-dimensional objects are used; for example, toy blocks to build various things, dolls, furniture, food and even people. The movement is constructed photograph after photograph by manipulating the object between shots. The work involved by making a Stop movement video is an artistic, manual procedure that requires a camera and patience because each photograph must have a slight modification to create the movement: the smaller this modification, the more realistic the animation.

In the educational field, creating a stop motion video helps students to strive and assess themselves. Throughout the creation process, they recheck their steps to see if the video works. Through this kind of classroom entertainment, students develop artistic, creative and technological skills.

To create stop motion videos, we can download user-friendly applications on our mobile phones, such as StopMotion Studio and SilentFilm Studio, which were the ones we used in class for this project. These are complete apps as they contain a photo editor and built-in sound. Students should lightly manipulate the objects to create the story so that others can understand the message they want to convey. Each photo is taken step by step and at the end all the scenes are automatically joined to create the video.

Reminiscence is very powerful when we tell stories rooted in a deep part of who we are. We tell stories about what happened to us as children, things that happened to us last year, or that we experienced just a few days ago (see picture 1). This activity with positive thoughts increases the intensity and valuation of these memories and experiences in the students. This action is called enjoy, and it promotes the enhancement of the present in the individual.

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