Saturday, 23 February 2008

Animation and Education at Learning@School

I have just returned from the Learning@School Conference in Rotorua for the ICT PD Cluster network. I wanted to bring to your attention the release of MARVIN. Promoted by the developers as “the world's fastest growing avatar (character based) animation and education resource development platform in the world”, it enables teachers and students to develop and share 3D content easily and without having to grasp a lot of new skills. The software comes with a library of animated characters that are also designed with a specific age group target. Users can then add background images, written text, text to voice as well as recorded voice in a language of choice.
The potential to create interactive content specific to learners’ needs and context as well as content that reflects cultural and social frames of reference makes this software potentially very appealing. Purchase price and licensing sounds reasonable (I suspect because of support from Microsoft) and schools can also access training. I have a demo disc so will be exploring this further with some teachers in our ICT PD cluster. Find out more and register online.
If you are using MARVIN with your students now or in the future please post a comment here or email me. It would be useful to see some NZ examples.

MARVIN is for Windows, however I was sitting with Dave Young at the presentation yesterday and he fired it up in Parallels on his Mac ( below left) and it seemed to behave itself a little better than the presenters copy ( below right)

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nix said...

You got the bluescreen photo! Well done. For the record, I loaded Marvin onto my Vista laptop and while the programme runs beautifully the resultant animation is horrible with dropped frames and all sorts of artifacts. I'll be loading it onto XP later today for another look.

Fiona Grant said...

Let us know how it goes, Nicki, would love to see some of the results.

Many thanks,