Animation Training for Students (ANTS)

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Registration Name : eINDIA2011/AN/282
Project Category : digitalLEARNING::Best ICT Enabled Skills Development Initiative of the Year
Project Name : Animation Training for Students (ANTS)

Details of Applicant
Name : Jayakrishnan KS
Address : Department of General Education, State Project Office SCERT Building Poojapura
City : Thirvananthapuram
State : Kerala
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 695012

Details of Project/Implementing Agency
Name of Organisation : IT@School Project, Govt of Kerala
Address : Department of General Education, State Project Office,SCERT Building,Poojapura
City : Thirvananthapuram
State : Kerala
Country : INDIA
Zip Code : 695012
Name of the head of Organisation : K.Anvar Sadath
Website :

Brief description of the programme/project/Initiative :
Animation Training for Students (ANTS) is one of the initiatives of IT@School Project of Govt of Kerala for implementing a complete ICT enabled educational system. The innovative training The innovative training session takes the students through a virtual tour on the entire animation movie making process comprising of phases such as identification of a story line, development of script and storyboard, drawing the cartoon characters, animating them, giving sounds to characters as well as providing background music, creating titles for the films and so on.IT@School Project has imparted ANTS for as many as 14,400 school students as on date in three batches.

Why was the project started :
To empower the students in Animation Movie making skills and equip them with ICT skills as part of ICT enabled education.

Objective :
To empower the students in Animation Movie making skills and equip them with ICT skills as part of ICT enabled education.
Target group :The entire student populace of the State- approximately 50 lakh students
Geographical reach :The entire State of Kerala in South India
Date from which the project became operational :3 May 2011
Is the Project still operational : YES

10 points that make the programme/project innovative?

  1. First of its kind Animation training for students on a large scale
  2. Customised version of FOSS application KToon used for the training
  3. Animation training carried out as part of state curriculum
  4. Training was conducted simultaneously in over 400 centers
  5. : Students themselves becomes trainers at the later stage
  6. Virtual classroom technology using EDUSAT also made use of during the training
  7. The four-day training programme involves theoryFirst of its kind Animation training for students on a large scale, practical and even evaluation of the students work
  8. Unique opportunity for the students to showcase their creativity and talent
  9. Selected teachers also gets trained during the training (Eg: Drawing teachers)
  10. Animation videos developed by Students gets telecast in ViCTERS educational channel

List the 5 achievements of the programme/project?

  1. First of its kind Animation training for Students on a large scale
  2. A total of 14,400 students trained in Animation skills so far
  3. ANTS conducted simultaneously in over 400 centers
  4. EDUSATs video conferencing facility also utilised for the training
  5. Students themselves transform as Trainers at a later stage

List the 5 key challenges faced while implementing the programme/project/initiative

  1. Choosing the right content was a major challenge. this was overcome during the brainstorming sessions by academicians and animators
  2. Selecting the apt software was another challenge. With the customisation of KToon, this challenge was overcome.
  3. Finalising the right medium of instruction was yet another challenge. This was overcome when it was decided to conduct the training simultaneously in multiple locations using EDUSAT services.
  4. Fixing the exact duration of the training programme was another challenge. Later when the contents were finalised, it was decided to conduct the training in 4 days
  5. Collating the works of students post training was another challenge. this was overcome by implementing an online mechanism to collect and evaluate the works.

List the 5 points how can the programme serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by others?

  1. ANTS is a perfect example of a training programme for students which could be given to a large group of students simultaneously
  2. Animation training was imparted as a part of school syllabus and hence the same model can be replicated in other states
  3. KToon is one of the FOSS based applications used for this training. Being a FOSS application, it has its own benefits which can be utilised
  4. Training content can be handpicked from the school syllabus
  5. Video conferencing facility can be utilised to a large extent for conducting such a training

List 5 points to elaborate on the scalability of the programme/project/initiative

  1. As many as 14,400 students trained in ANTS as on date
  2. 50 lakhs students from Std 1 to 10 targeted on long run
  3. Training content for ANTS could be handpicked from the State Syallbus
  4. Students themselves could serve as Trainers for their colleagues
  5. Online process for registration and evaluation of students

  1. ANTS the Hindu 30.05,
  2. ANTS the Hindu 17.05
  3. ANTS Indian Express 07.05


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49 Responses to Animation Training for Students (ANTS)

  1. Anonymous says:


  2. Paul K.J says:

    The program conducted by it@school is a marvelous one and appreciated

  3. sreejith ponnambath says:

    I would like to say the project is very useful to the students and teachers to create educational movies .

  4. Muralidharan K says:


  5. Anonymous says:

    very good program

  6. prakashprabhu.v says:

    good programme

  7. Sivasankar BV says:

    ANTS Animation training program was very helpful to students.

  8. Dr. S.Harikrishnan says:


  9. Fasal says:

    Excellent and creative programme

  10. Bindu T. S says:

    ANTS…. it is Excellent!

  11. Jose.P.Louis says:

    most attractive programme than ever before…

  12. prakasan says:

    very good

  13. Cherish Abraham says:

    Training program was very helpful to students

  14. manoj.k.p says:

    exteamly good, the efficiency of pupil to conduct and construct themselves is prooved by this effort……

  15. RADHA V K says:


  16. RATHIKUMAR T R says:

    very useful attempt

  17. RATHIKUMAR T R says:

    participant can create an animation film independently

  18. sreejith koiloth says:

    Excellent work.


    its very nice to see the children do the animation work very easily

  20. Vijayakumar M D says:

    Very good attempt.

  21. Alex says:

    I would like aperciate the IT@SCHOOL for conducted a marvelous programme.
    This would be very helpful for students and teachers who like the amazing world of Animation.

  22. Anonymous says:

    very good intiative

  23. padmavathiamma says:

    very good

  24. AFNAN SADIQ says:


  25. deepa george says:

    students can make animated films…unbelievable at this age… thank you it school.

  26. G.S.LEKHA says:

    very very good attempt.
    I would like appreciate the IT@SCHOOL for conducted a marvelous programme.

  27. HARIKUMAR says:

    A very good effort to teach animation to our children at no cost

  28. ASWATHY RUSSEL says:

    ANTS Animation training programme is very good.

  29. CHIPPY PHILIP says:

    ANTS Animation training is good attempt.

  30. SATHEESAN says:

    wonderful programme

  31. JAYASREE M V says:

    ANTS – A very good attempt of IT@School. Congratulations and best wishes.

  32. nithin says:

    a great effort.. really rewardable..

  33. padmavathiamma says:

    good intiative

  34. GAYATHRI C says:

    Really very interesting programme.

  35. GAYATHRI C says:

    I pray ,I wish, reward go to ANTS programm.

  36. Byju K says:

    The real significance of ANTS is “the Animation training programme step down from palace to hut”. i,e the costly courses could not afford the poor creative students. ANTS using free softwares which is revolutionary movenent in the animation training field. and they can use it in their learning process also.

  37. Lekshmi Priya says:

    The effort taken by IT@School in promoting ICT enabled education is really appreciable.

  38. jose says:

    wonderful experience for students

  39. LINET DAVIS says:


  40. paddmavathiamma says:

    very attractive and interesting programme for students

  41. paddmavathiamma says:

    interesting highly creative

  42. paddmavathiamma says:

    highly creative


  44. NISHAD.S.K says:

    “ANTS” is not ants but ElephANTS.

  45. As our principal madam said “There is no shortcut for SUCCESS only HARD WORK. Its Marvelous achievement of Vidyalaya . We heart fully thank our principal madam Smt.Ammal and all our beloved Teachers for giving such oppurnities. JNV DAVANAGERE IS MOVING TOWADRS SUCCE with love and affection by all Novadayan’s

  46. RENNY DAVIS says:

    creative idea from the creative side

  47. Sethumadhavan.p.c says:

    very good programme

  48. JAYA says: