Monday, August 4, 2008

GoAnimate not "Goanna Mate".

Go! Studio Screenshot.

I'm excited about this one folks. I only joined the GoAnimate community late last night and I am already blogging about it. GoAnimate has awesome potential for use in e-learning. As with a lot of web2.0 tools the bounds are limited only by your imagination. So what is it?

GoAnimate is a flash based web tool which utilises a drag and drop style interface to allow users to create animated comic book style scenes. There are a bucket load of characters to choose from, a few cool backdrops and the ability to add funky soundtracks and sounds. If you don't like the selection there, you have the option to upload your own.

All the characters have their own unique movements and facial expressions and there are a plethora of props you can give the characters and head adornments to add as well. All these options make for limitless potential for creativity especially when coupled with the ability to add voice overs and/or speech bubbles.

As with most web2.0 tools there is a social aspect to it as well with the capability to add friends and and comment on other animations. Once you have created your cartoon animation you have the option to embed, share using DIGG, delicious, Facebook or send via email.

Here is my first attempt, and for the record, the controversial thought bubble about the quick f*@# was added as a way to generate classroom conversation. It took me around an hour to put this together, but I had never used it before, and I hadn't prepared any script or done any storyboarding.

Where do you see the potential for using this technology in your classroom environment, learning management system or f2f workshop?