Friday, January 21, 2011

PowerPoint 2007 Animations

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PowerPoint 2007 can be used to build great story book animations. Passy's students make these as part of their ICT course and really enjoy it.

In this post we will show you how to make a basic PowerPoint animation, and then showcase some animations that our students have made.

As a lead up to this work, students are taught the basics of PowerPoint effects, using material from a previous blog post at this link:

Students also need to do some prerequisite work in GIMP, Photoshop, or Fireworks so that they can obtain cartoon characters which do not have white backgrounds on them, as well as crop images. Eg. Students learn how to obtain images from the web, and remove their backgrounds and change the background to transparent by saving them as .PNG or .GIF files.

The first story book animation which all students make is "Lucy and Molly".

This is the story of a girl called Lucy who has lost her pet dog "Molly" and sets off to find her. This story was originally developed by ICT teacher Melinda Varley.

Here is a YouTube video all about how to make this animation.

The PDF step by step instructions for the Lucy and Molly animation are contained in the PDF document below.

If you would like to have your own full size copy of this PDF, then simply click the save disk icon button on the PDF viewer, and you should be able to save it to your own hard disk.

Alternatively, you can view or save the full size PDF by clicking the link below:

We suggest you make your own Lucy and Molly animation in PowerPoint, as it will teach you all of the basic skills required to make a PowerPoint storybook.

Once all students have completed the Lucy and Molly story, they are set an assignment to make their own PowerPoint story animation of at least 30 slides, and include hyperlinks for story path branching. They must also have speach bubbles which appear sequentially as the characters speak, and dissappear immediately afterwards. They achieve this by applying entrance and exit "custom animation" effects to their speach bubble callouts.

Stories which students have made include the following:

Disney Stories, Winnie the Pooh, Sesame Street and Elmo, Nursery Rhymes,
Movies, James Bond, Comic Superheroes, Computer Games, Girls Going Shopping, Teletubbies, Diego, Dora the Explorer, Simpsons, V8 Supercar Race, Nintendo Mario, Japanese Anime, Barbie, Monsters Inc, Bananas in Pyjamas, Pacman Game, Alvin and the Chipmonks, Harry Potter, Toy Story, Lilo and Stitch, Pokemon, Yugio, Sonic, Road Runner, Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Stick Figures, Random Clip Art Stories, and so on.

The possibilities are only limited by their imaginations.

Here are a few excerpts from some of the PowerPoint Stories that my Year 7 ICT students have made for their assignments.

(This video is High Definition so you can to change the resolution from "360p" or "480p" up to "720HD" and watch this video full screen).

This next video is a very entertaining PowerPoint animation that one of my students made. It features a story about super heroes in New York City.

The following PowerPoint animation was not made by any of my students, but is one that I found while searching YouTube.

It is brilliantly done, and the sound effects and music really put the finishing touches onto this top quality production.

So that's it for PowerPoint Animations. Why not try it out for yourself. You could even make a short two people talking set of slides to break up a more traditional PowerPoint presentation with some interesting special effects.

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