Animation gives students opportunities to not only have fun but also addres the concpt of planning an idea through for a particular audience. They are encouraged to share thier knowledge but also to listen to suggestions.

Stykz

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Stykz is a unique software that allows you to create stick figure animations easily and without any artistic skills. You can move the sections of the sick figure and easily create a chain of animation frames that can be previewed as you go. You can use more than one stick-figure in the animation, and even create your own stick figures using an easy to use visual editor that lets you assemble objects out of lines and circles. In addition, you can optionally set animation size, speed and more. The result can be saved as animated GIF file.

Easytoon

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Easytoon is simply a program that can create small animated gifs dispalyed in a  simple sequence of images giving the illusion of movement.   finally brief.  It is very similar to an old-school flipbook. Like Stykz, the program is a free download.