Stop Motion With Koma Koma
Koma Koma is a great application for an iPad or tablet. It is a quick and easy way for beginners to create stop motion videos.
- Be able to use the KOMA KOMA application to create a stop motion video.
- Stop Motion: Stop Motion is a filming technique in which objects (such as clay models) are photographed in a series of slightly different positions so that the objects seem to move.
Note: You should familiarize yourself with the koma koma buttons
- Shoot: Takes on frame
- Play: Plays the animation repeatedly
- Delete: If you click on the button quickly, only one frame will be deleted. If you hold the button down, all frames will be deleted.
- Save: Hold the button down to save your work.
- Settings: Click this button to change things like the frame rate and camera settings.
To prepare for this lesson:
This is an app for an iPad or a tablet. It will eventually work on Windows and iOS computers but not as of now. Go to the App Store and download Koma Koma.
This lesson will take more than one class setting if you are planning on having them create a specific content area video.
View the tutorial on KOMA KOMA.
Read this article from Edutopia on How to Use Digital Storytelling in Your Classroom.
Here are some ideas for beginners for stop motion.
ISTE has an excellent article to Engage Elementary Students with Stop Animation.
- This website has a PowerPoint that you can share with your students on stop motion as well as a storyboard if you want students to brainstorm.
Decide what you would like students to create a stop motion video on.
Rural-Urban and Suburban LEGO stories are great examples.
Legos are an engaging way to use this app, but here are additional ideas.
See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources.
Directions for this activity:
The teacher says to students, ”Today you will be creating movies!”
Explain stop motion to students with this video.
Demonstrate the KOMA KOMA APP to students.
Really explain that they will need to have a lot of pictures to create their video. They will use their device to take pictures. Tip: A 10-second video will require 80-100 photos. It always takes longer than you think.
Explain the type of video or choices of what you want them to create.
Suggested time frame:
DAY 1: Explain stop motion/ storyboard brainstorm
DAY 2: Create character/ rehearse
DAY 3: Create Video
Different options for assessing the students:
- Check for understanding
- Stop Animation Motion rubric
MITECS Competencies & ISTE STANDARDS
MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.
4a. Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
4b. Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
4c. Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
4d. Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.
Devices and Resources
CONTENT AREA RESOURCES
Create a storyboard for the video.
- Students learn how to take photos and create a video.
- Students learn the fundamentals of creating a video.
- Students can create a video to teach how plants grow.
- Students can create a video to show the four different seasons.
This task card was created by Courtney Conley, Utica Community Schools, April 2020. Updated November 2021.