Teacher Review For Xtranormal

Create an animated story full of detail

Mara G.
Classroom teacher
Greenbush-Middle River Senior High School
Greenbush, MN
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects World Languages
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Homework
Individual
Practice
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
I have used Xtranormal as a creation/storytelling activity. Students like the engagement but be prepared: there are a lot of options and details to work through to get a complete, engaging video. That said, it is a great too for upper middle and high school students to really push them to work hard, think creatively, troubleshoot and finish what they start.
My Take
Xtranormal is a free web tool for creating an animated story. It is not the most simple tool to use, mainly because there are so many options for creating and customizing your story. This is great--but do not expect students to get in and out in a class period. It is a fairly intuitive program but there are tutorials and a help page if needed. If willing to work hard, students can create an animated video they have completely customized themselves.