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Though it may seem fluffy at first, Domo Animate is a great tool for teaching basic story structure as students create their own Domo stories. Setting, conflict, and character all come into play in this fun site. It's free, making it a convenient addition to any class that might need an injection of narrative goofiness. It would work well in world language classes; ELL students could have a field day putting together conversations.
The site's use of facial expressions and body movements could also be beneficial for some special-needs kids; using Domo as a way to express emotion could be an interesting exercise.Continue reading Show less
Editor's Note: The website Domo Animate has closed and is no longer available on the web. It's now known as GoAnimate For Schools.
Domo Animate is an online animation platform where kids can create their own short video animations. From Go Animate, the site is basically a testing ground for the company's product, but it's a great place for kids to learn animation and storytelling skills. The interface is drag-and-drop: From the sidebar on the left, you drag Domo, or one of his friends, into a panel featuring a background scene of your choice. You can adjust character and item size, facial expression, actions (which let you illustrate a range of emotions), and movement. Movements include flying, running, walking, and sliding, while actions are more specific but somewhat arbitrary, like fishing, rubbing one's tummy, or playing the piano.
There are four other worlds besides Domo's from which you can choose characters and accessories: Cartoon Classics, Holiday & Seasonal, Monsters Mayhem, and Stick Figure. Once you've completed a few panels, you can preview them to make sure the movements are fluid and the story makes sense.
Students can learn to create their own animation starring a series of fantastical characters. They'll learn about movement, story sequencing, and planning ahead as they create a complete animated tale. If they want to get serious, they can even write a full script. Using their imaginations, kids can put together characters, props, and scenery to create an animated sequence. Following the site's directions, they'll make lots of choices as they decide what kind of story they want to tell. They can also get social and share completed animations with friends.
Disappointingly, the non-Domo options (Holiday, Cartoon Classics, etc.) aren't as good. A flying Christmas fairy looks like Pamela Anderson, and most female characters are in suggestive poses. You can mix elements from each world, which is nice, but the Domo menu has the most warmth and creativity.
Key Standards Supported
Choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.*
Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style.
Speaking & Listening
Add audio recordings and visual displays to presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.
Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.
Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.