5 Best Animation Apps to use in the Classroom and at home

Children animation is one of the most exciting advances in education technology, allowing children the opportunity to be endlessly creative in designing their own comic strips, movies and more. Whether it’s using stop-motion animation to create amazing stories or simply a pen and paper, animation is a fantastic way to liven up the classroom and is guaranteed to be a big hit with young and older children alike.

With the advent of this plethora of great apps, art and drawing are no longer only for the art class – they can be brought to bear on almost any subject and can be particularly useful for lightening otherwise dry topic material. You can make a cartoon or an animation out of any topic, from creating your own animated version of a Shakespeare play to a virtual model of ionic and covalent chemical bonding!

Looking for an animation app? Check the list of best animation apps for Android and iOS devices.

Tellagami

( iPad - Free )

Tellagami is an app that allows your students to create a short 30 second voice message using an animated character. This voice message is called a gami. The best thing is that the app is available for both Apple and Android devices.

Download: iOS

Toontastic

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Toontastic is a powerful and engaging tool for digital storytelling and provides kids with a set of digital tools to create their own cartoons. It's visually appealing, has great in-app support and sharing features, and relies on self-created animation and narration to tell stories. Toontastic provides a stunningly easy way by how it makes the complicated process of creating an animated short movie so simple.  

Download: iOS

Animoto Video Maker

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

Animoto lets you quickly and easily combine text, images, and videos into beautiful videos. Students learn how to create video slideshows by organizing multimedia into creative digital storytelling.  The app offers over 50 different video styles, hundreds of songs in a built-in music library and the ability to share via popular social media platforms.

Download: Android | iOS

FlipaClip - Cartoon Animation

( Android - Free , iPad - Free )

FlipaClip is an app that replicates and improves upon traditional flipbook-style animation. Combining simple yet interesting drawing tools with frame control, it enables the production of impressive animations. With a creative tool such as FlipaClip, there are two broad areas where it may be useful in the classroom: art lessons covering animation and other subject lessons using a creative means by which to show and record knowledge.

Download: Android | iOS

Puppet Pals HD

( iPad - Free )

Puppet Pals HD Directors Pass is an easy to use cartoon creator app that allows you to create your own animations using a variety of themes and characters. Puppet Pals HD allows you to create an endless array of animations and can be used in most lessons. The app can really help to develop children's imagination skills as well as teaching them how to sequence, explore narrative, character, plot, voice projection, expression and unleash their creative skills. The only real limitation is the users imagination. 

Download: iOS