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10 ways to use animated video in your classroom

Published on: November 09, 2021

10 ways to use animated videos in your classroom

There’s no doubt the last year has accelerated the use of video for sharing information. From kindergarten all the way to college and university, teachers around the world are at the forefront of using video to its full potential.

Videos in education are a great way to provide a rich blended learning experience for students, improving memory recall and leading to better information processing. It transforms complicated topics that once seemed difficult to teach into more accessible, understandable, and memorable information.

Scribely has a library full of easy-to-use education templates that are ready for you to customize in just a few clicks. OR, if you’d rather start from scratch, we have thousands of education-themed illustrations and backdrops to get you on your way. Log into Scribely or create your FREE Scribely account today to start creating your own educational videos.

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Read on to get tips and inspiration for your own classroom, whether it be for online or in-person learning! We’ve also included some of our favorite educational templates...

1. Introduce yourself

It’s the first day of term and you’ve just opened your doors to a class of new students! Impress them right off the bat with a short engaging video introduction… This will not only save your voice for the more intense topics but also allow your students to connect with you emotionally. A great way to achieve this is by adding in personal photos and giving an insight into your hobbies and interests.

AND we have just the template 👇 Simply add in your own images, edit the text and change up the colors to suit your individual style.

Teacher Introduction video template

2. Student introductions

Starting a new class and meeting new people can be daunting - we’ve all been there! A great way to break the ice is to ask your students to create a video introducing themselves to present on the first day. This not only helps you get to know everyone but will also take away the pressure of public speaking, improving the overall atmosphere before the serious learning can get started.

3. Pre-lesson preparation

Perhaps your students need to open a certain page of their textbook, refer back to some previous learning, or you might just want to share the class objectives...

Class Objectives video template

Whatever it is you want to share pre-learning, use video to communicate it! Export your animation as a GIF and leave it running on the screen as everyone arrives. This is a great way to welcome students into your classroom and get them ready for what you’re about to teach.

4. Introduce new topics

While we can’t promise it will get your students excited about math, introducing new topics in visual animations will help pupils better connect to the material. Students, young and old, are attracted to video and may even see them as a treat to break up long learning sessions.

5. Learning games

Game-based learning can enhance enjoyment in your classroom, as well as improve confidence amongst your students because, let’s face it, putting your hand up to answer questions is not always easy! The learning comes from playing the game which promotes critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Pair this with video and you have yourself an incredibly engaging teaching approach. This doesn’t have to be really difficult games either, you simply create an animation where students have to count objects, find missing information or fill in incomplete sentences.

6. Review class learnings

Create an animation to review what you’ve taught to share at the end of the lesson or send to all of your students via email. You could even use it to test the class and ensure what you’ve taught them has stuck. It will also give you an idea of what to recap at the start of your next session.

The Scribely Mind Map template is a great framework for reviewing information while also encouraging wider class discussions.

Mind Map video template

7. Research projects

Another great one for student interaction! Let your students showcase their projects via animation, or encourage them to use video as a supplement to a paper assignment. Video is a powerful way to share research findings and will also make your students think about how the research is being presented and understood by the audience - hello storytelling!

Scribely Scenes is the perfect tool to help showcase research in a way that keeps the audience engaged, with the ability to add a new scene for each piece of information. Our Group Project video template is a great example of this:

Group Project video template

8. Virtual field trips

The Grand Canyon, Australia, The National History Museum… You could take your students anywhere, without leaving the classroom! A virtual field trip animation can make the room feel like they are experiencing things first-hand. 

You could even add in your own photos of the location or record a voice-over of you experiencing it to add to your video later on (do we need more of an excuse to go on a little vacation?!) Use our Travel Tips template to take your students around the world 👇

Travel Tips video template

9. Student feedback

Video is also a great way to give feedback on assignments. You could add in screenshots of their work and annotate with fun illustrations to show what they’ve done right and where they’ve gone wrong. Adding in a voice-over will also give more detail and you could even suggest different ideas. And because it’s a video, your students will be able to refer back to it as and when they need it.

10. Development

Students have different learning needs, and some may require a more personal approach to learning a complicated topic. This could look like a more personalized version of your original class video, or you could use animation to create a virtual report card that plans out your student’s development, goals, and performance.

Flip it on its head and this tip is also perfect for increasing teacher engagement and boosting professional development. You could create a series of short animations to present a range of topics from online security to teaching tips and tricks. And because video is self-paced, teachers can work their way through the content in their own time.

And there you have it! 10 ideas for using animated video in the classroom. Whether it’s to engage, explain, or present, taking advantage of this resource will help your audience gain a deeper understanding of your content. Log in to your Scribely account, or sign up for free to put these ideas into practice 👇


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