With four sessions run over two weeks, students from kinder to year six were engaged, educated and entertained when the NFSA, in conjunction with Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre, went live with our first classroom-based educational videoconference Let’s Get Animated.
Let’s Get Animated is a videoconference program for primary school-aged students that was inspired by a successful onsite education program for schools visiting Canberra, Animation Showdown.
The 45-minute program was developed around the New South Wales Creative Arts and Science and Technology curricula and features a selection of clips that explore the evolution of animation technology and art, the viewing of animation artefacts and the creation of a thaumatrope (a simple two frame pre-cinema toy).
This pilot program was developed to explore the possibilities of classroom-based videoconference education for those groups unable to visit the NFSA’s Canberra headquarters, giving students from regional areas – most of whom had never heard of NFSA, let alone visited it – the opportunity to actively explore, engage and interpret the collection. By having an NFSA educator run the session, the teacher and students had access to an expert who not only curated moving image clips but was able to facilitate discussions and answer sometimes sticky questions.