iPad animation

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Digital fluency (Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko) is now part of the New Zealand Curriculum. Acumen provides PLD to assist your school prepare:

PLD workshops

We need to think differently to help every student to succeed with Digital Technology.
We believe every teacher can confidently inspire every student by engaging them so they don't even know they are learning.

TWO Digital Technologies PLD workshops in 2019

iPad Animation (6th popular year)
Storytelling and digital technology using the iPad.
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Coding Unplugged
Digital Technologies and computational thinking.
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iPad Animation impliments the digital technologies curriculum for English, The Arts, Technology and more:

  • Explore how digital technologies can enhance and enrich identities, languages and culture
  • Develop skills, confidence and interest in digital technologies
  • Build skills so students can be innovative creators of digital solutions
  • Delivery equitable access for learning to a wide range of students
  • Computational thinking for digital technologies
  • Engage reluctant readers and other target learners
  • Future focused, personalised learning allows students to take control of their own learning, that incorporates knowing, doing and being
  • Take inquiry projects and passion learning to a new level with 21st Century reading and literacy skills
  • Support and facilitate a future Steven Spielberg or Walt Disney (both had dyslexia) to make sense of their learning.

"Engages our students with problem solving, thinking and participation - producing active learners with confidence." – M.B, Principal, Wellington.

"The course supported all students with oral language and Key Competencies. Engagement, particularly with those students who are otherwise insular in their learning, raised their motivation in their learning which in affect raised achievement in literacy (and maths!). Contextual learning at its best!" – Deputy Principal, Palmerston North.

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How does stop motion animation fit into curriculum learning areas?

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The iPad is the best device in the classroom for creating high quality stop motion animation – perfect for enriching your English, Arts, Media Studies, Design, Social Sciences and Technology curriculum learning areas. Click here for references to the New Zealand curriculum.

iPad Animation is an interactive and practical workshop using the iPad device to create powerful visual communication.

All participants receive a free copy of Creating a Stop Motion Story - worth $20.

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The iPad Animation workshop focus on:

  • Digital technologies - breaking big tasks into smaller tasks and applying appropriate digital tools
  • Storytelling - helping children to tell their stories using stop motion animation
  • Technology - turning the iPad into a creative studio
  • 100% hands on creativity - not web surfing.

This high value workshop will include:

  • story and script development
  • recording the soundtrack (GarageBand app)
  • personal confidence in oral presentation
  • creating stop motion sets and characters
  • recording stop motion pictures (iStopMotion app), and
  • adding titles (iMovie app)
  • writing outcome for English curriculum objectives
  • assessment Rubric.

All workshops run 9am to 3.30pm.

"Quite simply, it was the best PD that I've done in a long time."
"If you have the opportunity to attend one of these workshops … don't hesitate."

– Peter Sim, Whangarei

Take a sneak peak at what happens at an iPad Animation workshop:

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"Having the insight myself into stop motion has made me even more excited and dedicated to introduce our children to it's joys and possibilities." – Debbie Purves, teacher, Wellington.

2019 workshop dates for
iPad Animation workshop

Earlybird payment from $190+gst - save $60 per person

(Standard registation $260+gst)

• Tuesday 21 May 2019- Hamilton
• Wednesday 22 May 2019- South Auckland
• Thursday 23 May 2019- North Shore

• Tuesday 11 June 2019- Invercargill
• Wednesday 12 June 2019- Christchurch

• Monday 24 June 2019- New Plymouth
• Wednesday 26 June 2019- Palmerston North
• Thursday 27 June 2019- Hawkes Bay

• Monday 29 July 2019- Nelson

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If you don't see your location listed above please contact us and we'll see what we can do. Craig is an Accredited PLD Facilitator though the Ministry of Education and welcomes all requests for centrally funded PLD on specific digital media topics or for the implementation of Digital Technologies.

"Having the insight myself into stop motion has made me even more excited and dedicated to introduce our children to it's joys and possibilities." – Debbie Purves, teacher, Wellington.

iPad Animation workshops can be run on demand for teacher only days and as customised programmes for teachers and students together. We encourage schools and clusters to host an iPad Animation PD workshop at your school on a date that suits you. Contact us if you want to explore this option. Indicative prices for one day workshop in New Zealand are:

  • 6 teachers from $180 per person plus travel
  • 12 teachers from $120 per person plus travel.


Here is an overview of the content for the workshop:

  • 9.00am - Introduction. Overview of equipment and process. View example animations.
  • 9.30 - Improvise and record script dialogue (group workshop). Writing and curriculum requirements
  • 10.15 - Create soundtrack in GarageBand (individual, hands on)
  • 11.15 - BREAK
  • 11.30 - Build stage and set (individual or pairs, hands on)
  • 12.30pm - LUNCH
  • 1.00 - Interpret audio to decide visual image and movement. Record animation pictures in iStopMotion (individual or pairs, hands on)
  • 3.00 - Add titles in iMovie (individual or pairs, hands on)
  • 3.15pm - Implementation into classroom. Curriculum connections. Rubric assessment. Wrap up and summary.

Workshop participants need to bring their own iPad (all iPads with a camera are suitable) with these apps installed:

  • GarageBand and iMovie apps
  • iStopMotion app.

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iPad Animation workshops

What is stop motion?

Stop motion, a unique form of movie making (eg Wallace and Gromit, Fantastic Mr Fox, Boxtrollsand The LEGO Movie):

  • creators of digital content - breaking a big task into little tasks then applying appropriate digital tools
  • demonstrates digital fluency - breaking a big task into little tasks then applying appropriate digital tools
  • enables storytelling without writing - accessible to children with a wide range of abilities
  • is an 'editless' movie making process - easier to finish projects in a short timeframe
  • offers instant gratification - children stay focused
  • is useful across many curriculum learning areas - English, Arts, Social Science, ICT
  • can be completed in the classroom at tables - supervision is easier
  • is suitable for individual work and small groups - enables collaborative discussion.

Who can do stop motion animation?

  • Stop motion is a simple concept which children as young as 7 or 8 can grasp
  • Children age 9-12 can demonstrate detailed story development and high quality animation movements (fine motor skills)
  • Engages boys age 10-12 and kinesthetic learners in practical learning
  • Older students and adults can produce very high quality movies as they combine skills in the diverse areas of story writing, sound recording, model making, picture composition and character development
  • In the past twelve months we've worked with students in Te Reo, who are deaf, have dyslexia, ESOL and from disadvantaged backgrounds.

What are other teachers saying about the workshop?

  • "Quite simply, it was the best PD that I've done in a long time."
  • "If you have the opportunity to attend one of these workshops and want to learn more about stop motion animation, don't heistate."

  • "This is a powerful tool to help children make sense of their learning."
  • "Had no idea it was so versatile and useful."
  • "I was going to delete the GarageBand app, but will definitely keep it now."
  • "Good balance, good pace, you taught it well, excellent tone and mood."
  • "I plan on starting an IT club."
  • "Easy to use - child friendly."
  • "It was good to see the examples and then discover that even I could do it."

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Want to see some examples of stop motion animation?

  • 26 Years - Policeman Sam (using Lego)

  • Survivor (using colour paper)

  • Water cycle told with origami

Watch hundreds of stop motion animations made by New Zealand children here:


To register for the iPad Animation or Coding Unplugged PLD workshop and pay by Paypal or Credit card:
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To register for theiPad Animation or Coding Unplugged PLD workshop and pay by internet banking, cheque or to receive an invoice first, please email the following details:

  • School name and address
  • Contact teacher name, email and phone
  • Names of attending teachers
  • Workshop location.

Payment by internet banking to: Westpac - 03 0578 0002555 01- Acumen.
Cheques can be posted to Acumen, 19 Trevor Terrace, Newtown, Wellington 6021.

We welcome you to submit any specific questions (technical, workflow or content/projects) you'd like covered on the day. Please also contact us if you want to discuss whether this workshop is right for you.

Contact us about running a teacher only workshop or customised programme for teachers and students at your school.


Paid registrations can be changed to another teacher from your school or another school - no problem. Just send us an email of the details so we know who is coming.

In the event that you need to cancel a registration, a cancellation fee of $50 per person will apply - except where the cancellation reduces the number of registrations below the viable number for that workshop and a higher cancellation fee may be retained. Our viable numbers are quite low and we'll let you know at the time so you have the opportunity to find an alternative teacher to attend.

The workshop will be presented by Craig Lauridsen, an Accredited PLD Facilitator by Ministry of Education.

Craig is the co-founder of Newtown Movie School and author of iPad Animation, Creating a Stop Motion Story and Stop Motion Handbook. These books are promoted by Boinx as Official Resources for their iStopMotion software.

He has been teaching stop motion for 11 years and has overseen hundreds of stop motion animations made by children age 8 to 16 years.

Since 2015 he has instructed year 5 and 6 students as a news crew. Recording interviews and video content, editing into news clips and presenting them as a TV studio news show 'live' in school assembly (using iPads, iMovie and mimoLive from Boinx).

Since 2017 he has delivered an introduction to coding concepts (unplugged - no internet) and (off grid - does not require devices). This allows for 100% participation and engages students in mathematical thinking and reasoning without the distraction of an animated outcome.