SAM Animation stop-motion-animation software (demo-version) from Tufts University is great to create stop-motion animations. It has a free to download version and the SAM Animation site has online help-guides.
Snap images from a live web-cam feed or import pictures
Add narration of import audio files
Onion-skinning for easy frame-to-frame alignment (means you can see where your previous image was)
Add text and shape overlays to each frame
Import movie files
Export your project into a variety of movie formats
Here’s a short video introduction to the free demo version of SAM Animation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viLIx31Dc5A
http://stopmotionmovies.yolasite.com/ – for a very helpful guide to creating stop-motion animations in the primary classroom. This step by step guide can be applied to other software.
Click here for a useful blog posting from the Langwitches Blog with resources and tips for using storyboarding in stop-motion animations.
ACMI has produced a free online interactive storyboard tool which would be useful for pupils planning their animations.
eMints Stop Motion Animation Made Easy from the University of Missouri is a post which provides examples of how animation creation can be incorporated in learning in a variety of curricular areas.
The Teaching Ideas site has a great collection of resources to support film-making and animation production in the classroom, including lesson plans, posters, display material and more.