The iPad+MilkCrate idea originated in working with my wife’s English class on their iBooks Author Project. We had a need for something cheap, fast, and easy that the kids could use to either record a paper slide presentation and/or do stop-motion paper animation. I’m aware that there are plenty of digital ways of doing this, but kids seem to like having choices. Combining analog with digital media can produce some very novel results that preserve the student’s voice and personality in the project. So in brainstorming together, the iPad+MilkCrate idea was born. The cool thing is that it didn’t even involve duct tape.
We used the following materials:
- milk crate
- black felt
- foam board
- zippy ties
- exacto knife
- 2 adhesive LED lights from hardware store
Apply an ample amount of glue evenly over the foam board out to the edges. Firmly press the felt liner on to the foam board and position it to cover and extend out the front of the stage area. After it dries, you will flip the front stage up and tuck the rest of the felt under and glue it down.
The finished product should lay flat and have a continuous piece of felt from the back to the front. I ironed the wrinkles out of the felt before gluing down.
You will need a light source inside of the box, especially if you turn the room lights down to project the “document camera” via the iPad.
I purchased 2 adhesive LED lights from the local hardware store for about 5 bucks each. The stick really well and the LEDs are quite bright.
The lights came with velcro adhesive which sticks very well to the milk crate. You will want to experiment with the position of th lights for your situation. Later I hung an average night light in the back using * ahem * bailing wire.
The finished product looks pretty good and works great. We were able to use a stop motion app with the milk crate to do some paper craft animation similar to South Park or Monty Python. It was very easy to do and did not take much time.
In this last picture, you can see how we used this set up with the Stop Motion app to animate William Shakespeare for the class projects.
|Using the Milk Crate as a stage for stop motion paper animation.|