Website review by Marianne Rogowski, Common Sense Education | Updated January 2020

Wick Editor

Design interactive games and animations with creative online platform

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Grades
4–12
Subjects & Skills
Arts, Creativity, Critical Thinking

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Pros: The open-source online editor will help kids wade into the world of animation, game creation, and coding without an expensive software investment.

Cons: Being presented with a blank canvas may intimidate students; some would benefit from pre-created, editable templates as a starting point.

Bottom Line: A great starting place for aspiring creators to design and share engaging content.

Some students will gravitate toward Wick Editor's features almost effortlessly, while others will need some time to get the hang of it. Kids can create animations of all sorts to complement classroom content. In science, ask students to demonstrate molecular movement in different states of matter. For ELA, challenge them to re-create the setting, characters, or action from a short story or novel, and piece together class animations to teach elements of literature. Group tech-savvy kids with those who excel at art or writing, and have them collaborate on a math game or a video about history -- custom code features allow users to write scripts to level up animations.

Whichever direction you decide, definitely allow for some time to get used to the platform's different features. The tutorials, examples, and community forum are helpful at the start, but ample practice, exploration, and peer-to-peer teaching will likely provide quicker and more effective results.

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Wick Editor is a free, open-source website where students create animations and games by layering drawings and designs using built-in editing tools. The main editor is a blank canvas, but new users can watch a series of short tutorials to learn the basic features. On the starting frame, students upload images or use the various design tools to draw, add shapes and lines, and change colors. Then students copy and paste the image onto the next frame or add a Tween, which lets them improve the flow of their animations. Using the Onion Skin feature, kids can see the position of objects from previous frames, taking the guesswork out of object placement and allowing for smoother animations. Other tools let students add assets such as sliders and check boxes, and students proficient in JavaScript can add or write their own code. When they're satisfied with their final product, students can save their work to the dashboard or export it as an animated GIF or MP4 video file (beta).

At first, being presented with a blank canvas may seem overwhelming. However, even students who have never used animation software will find it easy to create simple moving pictures. With a little time and inspiration from their peers, these early successes may encourage kids to attempt more complex designs that demonstrate more in-depth learning. Multimedia presentations are a great way to engage students in classroom content and foster the development of higher-order thinking skills, especially when students have to tell a story or explain their thinking.

Teachers may need to teach design skills in the planning stages of student presentations -- without a clear plan, animations may be disjointed and lack focus. Teachers may also need to check in with students regularly to monitor progress. The absence of classroom-specific tools means that kids may give the appearance of working without producing anything relevant or meaningful. And while the community features a small sampling of animations for users to view and play, it would be helpful if there were templates that students could edit so that they wouldn't have to start from scratch.

Overall Rating

Engagement

With some practice and clear guidelines, most students will jump at the chance to design and share their creations.

Pedagogy

Use of the platform encourages the development of creative thinking, problem-solving skills, and collaboration among peers. Beginners can create very simple animations and add more complexity as their skills improve.

Support

A variety of short tutorials will get kids designing quickly, but it will take time and effort to create meaningful content; students who get frustrated easily or struggle with creativity may need additional support.


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Marianne Rogowski Media specialist/librarian

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Dacia H. , Classroom teacher
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Let the creativity shine
Some students don’t want to write an essay or freeze on tests. Wick Editor allows another way for students to create and show understanding of content. The site is completely free with lots of short instruction video, so it’s easy to use. The site allows you to save your files in different formats. I have used the site with Chromebooks, PCs, Mac and Ipads, all work great. Your class will be loud. The best is that my students would go home play more with the site and start teaching other students diffe ...
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