Brush Ninja is a fun way for students to learn about animation, to illustrate the concepts they have just learnt, or to add some colour to their presentations. Alternatively it can be a fun, free, way for teachers to present by using it as an animated whiteboard.
Check out some examples of Brush Ninja being used in education.
Miss Anna's gr. 4 students' first crack at animated GIFs using Brush Ninja... Well done - so many great ones to choose from!!! Thanks to @ericcurts for the idea! #abed #edtech #starcatholic pic.twitter.com/IUHDattc6X— StarksEdTech (@StarksEdTech) December 1, 2018
In 4th grade we put our digital art skills to the test today. We did a fun warm up with @GoogleForEdu Quick Draw and tested our gif making skills with Brush Ninja! #steam #stem #STEMeducation #make #makerspace #makered #quickdraw #brushninja @SVViperPride @DVUSD pic.twitter.com/LheRiAWwVi— Mr. Lane the STEM Guy (@KnIhT_tNeReFfId) November 20, 2018
I am a huge fan of #brushninja! It was the perfect tool for having my Ss show me what they know about some of the famous scientists in biology. Their Mendels were pretty awesome! #steameducation #sciencewithscofield #8thgradebiology #mendel #extraordinary @SVViperPride @DVUSD pic.twitter.com/6bzbnlUeuM— Christine Scofield (@apositiveproton) November 20, 2018
Why use Brush Ninja?
- Brush Ninja is free. There’s an optional paid version but it only adds a handful of extra features - for the power users. For most users the web version is perfectly adequate. And of course, free software keeps costs down. No software licenses, no new hardware. It just works.
- There’s no logins needed. You can open the website and get started.
- It’s simple to use. My objective has been to make it as easy to use as possible. My 2 and a half year old can (and does) create animations in Brush Ninja. They are just random shapes, not intentional stories or anything advanced, but he can draw, add new frames, and play back what he made.
How to use Brush Ninja in Education?
- To illustrate concepts & knowledge. Reinforce the things students have learnt by getting them to create a slideshow with key information.
- Show their working. Particularly useful for Mathematics, students can display their thought process and then tidy the animation up to show the final result.
- Animated Ideas. Brush Ninja is a great way to jot down ideas for creative projects.
- Presentations. Add some colour to presentations by creating simple animations of the topic being presented.
Useful Resources for Teachers
- Padlet. A simple online noticeboard. A great place for students to post their animations. They can be grouped on different boards per topic. You can see an example collection of animations created by students looking forward to their holiday break.
- Buncee. A presentation app that you can add your Brush Ninja animations to.