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.
Some shots of the Ss working on their projects! pic.twitter.com/kXEdJbxtYI— Sarah Hooley (@HooleySarah) February 24, 2019
Tried out a great website for 4th grade Makerspace this week. With https://t.co/QZgrVRpqwv you can build an animated gif - great results in a short time! Easy to learn, free & no account needed. 👍 from students! #brushninja #allinoxbow #ConcordPride @Concord_OX @Concord_Schools pic.twitter.com/PdjzqlV1bG— Sarah Hooley (@HooleySarah) February 24, 2019
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.