Common Sense Review
Updated July 2014

Stop Motion Studio

Simple, straightforward approach to quickly creating basic animation
Common Sense Rating 3
  • Begin by snapping photos to serve as frames.
  • Select from a menu of viewing options .
  • Frames can be cut or added.
  • Animations are stored in a library and easily shared across a variety of platforms.
Easy-to-use tools demystify the stop-motion process.
Featured-video community feels a bit disconnected from the app; it would be helpful to make the connection clearer.
Bottom Line
Simple tools and helpful tips allow kids to quickly start creating stop-motion videos.
Megan Leppla
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

Fun, easy-to-use creation tools engage kids. Welcome animation and library of featured videos offer inspiration.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Data is stored in the project library, allowing kids to create a portfolio to display and assess their work.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Kids can easily create a project and share their work on a variety of platforms. Help is accessible throughout.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Introduce students to basic photo and video concepts by exploring the app's various tools. Once they've mastered the tools, this could be an effective way to engage kids in content creation. You might encourage them to use it to share school projects such as making a stop-motion animation about seed germination, writing a book report, or recording an historical reenactment. The design focuses on the creation tools, so some kids may require prompts to get started. Featured videos provide great inspiration for those who need it, and may even encourage some kids to create work to share with a broader audience.

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What's It Like?

Photo and video tool makes creating animations easy. Kids can select photos from their own library or record new images within the app. A basic set of tools, including overlay, grid, frame-by-frame preview, frame positioning, and fade, are included in the free version. Requires an in-app purchase to utilize the green screen, remote camera, and other movie effects. Getting started is easy, and helpful tips are provided throughout the app. A welcome animation provides some inspiration for kids, and a library of featured videos offers more great ideas. Option to share animations on a variety of platforms is available, but it’s unclear how featured videos are curated.

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Is It Good For Learning?

As kids explore the tools, they can experiment with various editing techniques: tap highly visible buttons to add audio, cut frames, add new images, change speed, and more. These creation tools help kids become deeply engaged with the content. The ability to animate images makes the experience fun and provides insight into the animation process. Kids can record what’s around them or construct an entirely new environment to capture through stop-motion animation.

The overall experience is a lighter version of more serious animation software, but the simplicity provides a comprehensible introduction for most kids. Those wanting to dig deeper can take their understanding of frame-by-frame capture to more advanced tools.

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