Computer Animation Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kandi Young

Kandi has degrees in Communications, Human Services, Education and Computer Science. She is a Business, Marketing, and Technology instructor with a Master's degree in Education.

Computer animation dominates many aspects of our lives and has a rich history. This lesson will not only define computer animation, but also examine the history of animation, and the many different types of animation.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Define computer animation.
  • Understand the history of animation.
  • Create a basic computer-generated animation.

Length of Lesson

1 to 2 hours; the Become the Animator activity level could be over several days.



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  • 3D animation
  • Motion capture
  • Claymation
  • Pixilation
  • Tweening
  • Machinima
  • Augmented reality


Become the Animator Activity

  • Animation samples
  • Animation software
  • Blank storyboards or general animation scenarios

Timeline Activity

  • Poster board or shared digital presentation software
  • Markers, if using poster boards
  • Internet access for research

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