App Description: iMotion HD is a Photo and Video app for two types of photography: stop motion animation (manual) and time lapse. After selecting the option New Movie, you can choose to use either of the two techniques. The Time Lapse technique enables you to take photos at intervals ranging from .5 seconds to one day. This technique accelerates movement that is otherwise slow to capture such as painting a picture, climbing a rock wall etc. You can also customize the interval time to take photos using the Stop Motion function which allows you to take pictures of objects at different positions. This creates a video that animates the object as if it is moving on its own. However you can share or export a finished video through email and direct YouTube upload only by upgrading to the full paid version of this app.
How We Use It: At the Children’s Museum of Houston, we use this app at multiple exhibit components that focus on a process of some kind. For example, we use the Stop Motion technique at the Giant Arch exhibit to take pictures of a group building the arch block by block. We also use this app at Invention Convention to capture the skill building process of creating Lego cars and testing their speed and sustenance on an obstacle course. At the same exhibit, this app is used to document the process of making paper airplanes and testing them in the Launch Cage or inventing a ball track at the Widget Wall. In addition, we have used Stop Motion Animation as part of the Inventor’s Workshop to engage young animators in creating a movie using figurines through the process of story boarding, scene creation, props, picture capturing, movie editing, production and sharing. Our facilitators have also used the app at PowerPlay to record a child trying to maintain his balance at Snow/Surf as well as recording visitors climbing the Mt. Boulder rock climbing wall.
Our facilitators share the videos with the visitors and ask questions about the challenges the visitors had during the activity. They use the videos to discuss the process of the activity, how it was accomplished as well as where the visitors need improvement. For example, at the Mt. Boulder rock climbing wall, the visitors use the videos to see where they struggled and what they need to do climb the wall more effectively.
Bridging Documents: The Giant Arch