Monday, April 23, 2007
Similar to the freeware PalmOS application Boneman, Pivot is a downloaded program that allows the user to manipulate the bend points of a human stick figure. From what I've seen, you can also import background images.
Linerider is a web-based application. In Linerider the user creates a course that a character on a sled follows. You can make extremely dynamic course where the character does all sorts of flips and loops.
I really see all sorts of potential using these tools throughout a curriculum in the form of animated chains (food and life cycle), time-lines and sequences. Perhaps animate a Haiku or take a ride through some math facts.......
Here is a Pivot sample from a group of 3rd graders
and here is a very involved Linerider clip entitled "Jagged Peak Adventure"
There are quite a few tutorials on YouTube for creating really involved courses on YouTube. Just do a search for Linerider.