Stop motion animation can be an effective way for students (and teachers, for that matter) to demonstrate a phenomenon. It requires some planning, but mostly it requires a thorough understanding of the sequence of events in the process – which is exactly what we are trying to achieve.
I am by no means an expert on stop-motion animation, but I have learned a few techniques – such as onion-skinning – to improve the quality of the end product. My current stop-motion software of choice is the Helium Frog Animator. This is free software for Windows that seems to have all the necessities, and several luxuries as well.
I don’t have any sample videos to show at the moment, but I will post some when I can. In the meantime, I am curious to see what others might be doing with stop motion animation in the science classroom.