Question on Creating animations/video/illustrations
Background: I am a teacher ( middle school mostly), bought this software on my own $ a few years ago and am loving the effect on learning. I can reach all learning levels! Favorite moment: seeing a struggling learner clutching his difficult test with a grade of 100% to his chest and begging me to let him take it home to show his parents that night. Kids tell me that they save my homework for last (or else do it first) because it is the most fun. Sometimes the whole family gathers round. One of my students said he hated the modules which made me feel sad until he told me it was because, whenever a song came on, his dad would turn up the volume and his dad and his little brother would sing and dance to the song all around the kitchen. [I use a lot of science songs]. But the big payoff is from the students who come back and say they aced their high school biology quiz that they forgot to study for because they remembered having the concepts on one of the modules - even though they had my class three years earlier.
So.... I am not a techie but am willing to put work into things for big payoffs like this in student learning. So this is a definite neophyte question. I would love to be able to make more of my own animations/video/illustrations to engage students and illustrate concepts (science) and include them in my articulate learning modules. I like the look of these in this video but do not know what was used to create them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1pp_7-yTN4. Does anyone know or have other suggestions that might be within my... ahem... skill range? And not too pricey? [I am still on my own $].
Thanks to all for all you post - I use all kinds of tidbits and gems! Kids are learning because of you!