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Here are some examples of cartoons that i've made on Go!Animate and here's a link to my channel . You can also see a lot of my animations on my YouTube channel because GoAnimate let's you automatically upload your animations there!

DL_StandingOpenSmileArmsX.pngMy blog posts, webinars, & published articles relating to Go!Animate
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Create Your Own Go!Animate Character
with their No so much free anymore Character Creator and
Watch the animation & get the Go!Animate Comic Character Creator Tutorial Wikipage
(Hint: Sing up for 3 months for $18 make all the avatars you need then go back to FREE)

STE Connects 3 Part Blog Series

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Here's how I used it for my Google Teacher Academy Application Video!
Gwyneth Jones GTA Academy Video - Final by Gwyneth Jones on GoAnimate


UPDATE! 2/13/11 GREAT OFFER!

The people of Go!Animate are real poeple! And when they saw my Tweets about the ISTE conference
they offered this special discount for a SchoolPlus account.
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Go!Animate
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Gwyneth, please give out the code - gwynethjones, it's good for 10% off SchoolPlus prices. Let me know if you have any questions

(from my professional blog The Daring Librarian)

OK, i'm getting better at GoAnimate!...and it really is a WAY cool, user friendly animation studio!GoAnimate_cartoongwyneth.png

i also just created my own character! the first one is FREE... (& yeah it's a younger cartoon version of yours truly with rad glasses!) here's a helpful blog posting, the official blog, and some video tutorials to help you start...but keep reading!
i'm still learning this....'cause i don't get why my character doesn't have some of the same actions as the stock characters have and i don't think you can edit it later so make your choices carefully! thank goodness i chose a black suit...black goes with everything and has no season..whew! if only i could upload a coach purse or a Tiffany key or pearl necklace to go with my outfit...but i digress! LOL
so have fun & play with Go!Animate but be warned...before you use this with kids..check it out, there are areas that have some questionable content (because users can upload their own graphics) ....so, for elem techie teachers & Media Specialists to use with their students there's a MORE kid friendly version of GoAnimate called Domo Animate where there are preset backgrounds, characters and where kids can't upload created backgrounds or content (that could be inappropriate or copyright grey)....check it out!
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However, for Media Specialists making animations for special events, programs, or products i suggest using regular **GoAnimate.com** where you can Photoshop, iPhoto or Comic Life backdrops using your own graphics & digital pics!

but first, a few things i've learned about GoAnimate:
  • Go!Animate works with Flickr to import photos for use as backdrops but it seems to only take the LARGE size and not the ORIGINAL...you really need to upload the largest & best resolution possible...i made that mistake of the quick upload and had to go delete all my backgrounds & upload better ones. what can i say? i'm a resolution snob.
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  • you can change the duration of the scenes...the default is 2 seconds..you can override it to 4 seconds...but i find that with two speech bubbles per scene having it be 5-6 seconds is more comfortable. slide the scene to the right in the toolbar to increase time
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  • you can edit when the speech bubbles appear and go away....to adjust the timing click on the right speech bubble graphic and then click EDIT.
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  • you can add special effects, but they sort of overwhelm a scene so i'll use them sparingly - i also haven't learned how to tone them down.
  • some characters have certain special movements or abilities and others don't.... i haven't quite understood why but it makes a difference.
  • you can edit the sound, adding different tracks of music (up to 4) or you can choose one track to just loop for all scenes.
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you can edit your animation at any time and the updates will show up on your embeded vids...no need to re-post them! (this is great for me because i'm constantly wanting to tweak and change as i learn how to do more!) and the music they supply has a lot of options to suit most every mood! if only i could find ninja's and better clothes for my character. some of the options at Go!Animate cost points (like Plurk karma) get points by sharing your vids or referring friends. "You can use your GoPoints to acquire special premium characters and props on the platform."

Special Offer for Media Specialists & Teachers:
So i contacted the owner of Go!Animate telling him about my plan to feature it at AASL and asking if there would ever be a school version and i was pleasantly surprised when he wrote back!

Hey Gwyneth,
Thanks for presenting GoAnimate at the national AASL. This is really exciting! We've put in a lot of work into our applications and it's great to see people enjoying them. I have given you more free credits for the Character Creator so that you can experiment more. Let us know if you ever run out.
Have fun at the AASL and email us know if there is anything we can do to help make your presentation better. About school use, we'll be launching a School Portal that is catered for educational use very soon. It will contain only child safe content and it will have features built specifically for teacher/student interactions. Let us know if you're interested in reviewing some of our designs.
Please tell the librarians that if they email us and mention your name, we will give each person 10 free credits for creating characters!
Let's GoAnimate,
Alvin :)
SO email them! It's not too late....i don't think there's really an expiration (the gang at G!A are real nice!) ...just join Go!Animate and then send them an email to support@GoAnimate.com email saying something like "I heard about Go!Animate from Gwyneth Jones may I please have 10 FREE character creation credits?" and i'm pretty sure you'll get them! I talked to Random Girl (Michelle) and she said she's had a steady stream of people knowing about this special Teacher Librarian & Tech Educators offer!


A great tutorial by Mojochi on how to use Zoom and adding credits!
Here's a link to ALL the tutorials The Go!Animate Blog!
GoAnimate.com: The Advanced Zoom Tutorial by Mojochi

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

Here's a Sneak Peek at the Go!Animate Paid School Version That's Going to be Totally Manageable!


Domo Animate

Let kids learn animation at Domo Animate!
2.22.09: domo
2.22.09: domo

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Creative Commons License
photo credit: Team Dalog

"I must admit I had seen this creature before a LOT and never knew that it was the mascot of a Japanese television station … I see this little fella all over teh intarwebs … he’s a pretty popular character! Anyway, someone recently shared a link to http://domo.goanimate.com/, which is a terrific, kid-friendly (and more school-safe, IMHO) version of http://goanimate.com/:
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This free website, which uses email-based registration (confirmations) is extremely easy to use. Here’s a look at the interface:
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The beauty of sites like these is that kids don’t have to spend a great deal of time learning the tool; they can instead devote time to developing a strong story with effective dialog, envisioning detailed scenes, making sure the story gets told just the way they want it. Kids will want to experiment with it at first to understand the tools and characters they have available, but that won’t take long, so the key is to focus on the planning and work BEFORE creating the actual movie." --- from Kevin Jarrett, @NCS-Tech! follow him on Twitter
What do you think? Please feel free to comment on the discussion page on this product & share your creations!

Professional Thieving:
this page & the graphics were created by Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones - feel free to repost or use the graphics i created
for use teaching just please link back or give me a teeny weeny credit at the bottom of the page somewhere...cheers!