I came across a website which gives 7 ways that Animation can help learning. Here are some notes based on this post:
Both kids and adults love animated entertainment so makes sense to use animated videos.
“Animation has revitalised the learning environment in many ways by presenting innovative methods to convey topics and concepts, and these are continually evolving. For a start, it has helped to make education more enjoyable, thus making learning more gratifying and effective. Insights into the use of animation to increase learning potential have also developed. Following technological advancements, making a simple yet effective animation need not be expensive anymore, and you may have noticed that the use of this tool has increased over recent years.”
- Engaging Approach – used across broad range of subjects to inform and explain. proven to be useful when something not easily shown in reality. Greatest benefit of animation, flexible, versatile and doesn’t restrict imagination.
- Animate any subject – can be used for subjects which are hard to show in real life such as science. can be used for history to show battles or events that there are no footage of. can be more memorable than live action video.
- Support tool – rarely used as sole medium. highly useful support tool. Animation can increase motivation and satisfaction levels in learning. Suggestion: “include a series of short videos to cover a topic, perhaps with each one summing up a module at the end of that part of the course. Common characters in each video can make the learning experience more continuous and provide a stable platform for learning. Even one short video can be enough to involve your class in an animated concept or story and inspire them. This can increase their memory of lessons learned significantly. The animated characters and images that students become familiar with can then be transferred across other teaching material to provide further consistency.”
- Animated agents – Use of characters to present topics, monitor student progress or provide feedback. particularly useful when classes are large and teachers are not always on hand for every student. familiar and engaging animated agent can provide a crutch that keeps pupils on track and motivated.
- In class or Online – can be used from any location. if student has access to effective animated video can be motivated to learn and improve. allows flexibility to progress at own pace. gives a calm environment to learn.
- No age limit – can be used from toddlers – adults. rising number of popular shows for adults shows that it can be appealing to older students. “Different approaches can be taken for each age group; although, using similar approaches can be efficient too, as this can stimulate memory of something learned in previous years. Those animated images with accompanying music, narratives and sound effects can be incredibly powerful. They stimulate various senses and parts of our minds all at once. This means they are not only pleasant to watch, but can trigger memory and positive associations in future.”
- Appeal to all learning types – multi sensory, appealing to broad range of learning types. all gaps in teaching could be closed with animation. Animation being used to teach in ways that were not previously possible. Now is a good time to embrace animation in teaching.
Marianna Keen. 2nd June 2014. 7 ways animation can help enhance learning in the classroom. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.innovatemyschool.com/ideas/7-ways-animation-can-help-enhance-learning-in-the-classroom. [Accessed 24 May 2017].