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Creating your Animated selfie!

Using exactly the same techniques from the previous step, we’re now going to create our own animated selfie animation.

Simply stick your selfie from Step 2.12 onto a piece of A3 paper, allowing for plenty of room along the outside. Set up your camera (iPad or phone) so that you have as much of the paper in shot as possible and your selfie is central.

Then choose one of the following activities.

  • Hopes and dreams

This activity will see you annotate your selfie with speech and thought bubbles – much like in the above example. The focus of the activity can change depending on your class focus but for this particular animation let’s create the following:

  • Thought bubbles are hopes and dreams. What do you want to do in the future? Do you have any big goals you want to achieve? Anything you’re aiming for?

  • Speech bubbles can be things you’re proud of that you’ve already done. Remember that 10k back in the 90s? How about that poem you had published in the local paper?

The idea behind this activity is that it really gets young people thinking about themselves in a focused, positive way.

  • Objects of my life

This activity is similar to the example shown in Step 2.14, though perhaps this time without the top of the head coming off!

Instead of writing your speech or thought bubbles, you’ll choose five or six items that are important to you. You’ll then animate each one coming out of the top of your head and coming to rest at your side. If the mouth in your selfie is large enough, you could have them coming out of that. This activity is perhaps useful for those young people who find it difficult to communicate their thoughts. They could create the animation and narrate it much like we did earlier in the week.

You can use the Speech Bubble Template from the Downloads section in class to help with this activity if you like.

Once you have completed your animations please upload them to YouTube and add the link to the Comments section. If you’re unsure about how to add your film to YouTube simply follow FutureLearn’s instructions.

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