The other day my son was watching Finding Nemo next to me and I could totally relate to the emotions of Nemo’s dad.I saw how a world of fish portrayed the beautiful father-son relationship to my son. However, I did realise that my son would never watch this kind of movie if it wasn’t animated. It made me ponder how impactful animation is in our daily lives. Do you also think that animated movies are better than ordinary movies?
Is it because animation takes you to a fantasy world and spark up your creativity in that imaginative world? Or is it just how it is picturised? Animated movies are fun to watch but it is also a great tool for learners to learn new things in a more comprehensive manner.
You might be wondering how to incorporate animation in learning, but if you are an online teacher you must make the best of this feature. Watching a video to learn a few things can be dull sometimes while on the other hand, watching the same information with animated characters will not bore you. We all know how hard it is to understand scientific or mathematical concepts but adding a little animation will make it easier for the student to grasp it. Animations are more interactive, engaging, and easy to remember for the children.
How does animation makes boring subjects fun?
Using animation as an elearning tool simplify complex ideas and tasks by the visual representation. History is one of the most boring subject to the children making them remember all the battles, revolutions with the right date and corresponding years. But don’t you think if a cartoon character will teach it or if the chapters are picturised with animated characters, the subject will be fun to learn?
How will animated characters help in learning?
Even if your video is not completely animated, you can add certain cartoon characters which can ask thought provoking questions or answer the questions that student will come up with. The animation will add humor and a pinch of entertainment to the learners. However, using the right character, humor, story, and voice is important to draw the right audience. Pair up your visual with audio! Using simple background music or clear and concise dialogues will engage and motivate your learners. You know your audience, right? Putting the appropriate style, tone, and voice to your character won’t be tough.
How to make the right choice?
While you use animated characters, using too many characters can make it confusing for the learner to focus on the main character. Do not use too much of text, although you can highlight the key points. Know whether your topic and content needs to be animated! Some topics are dull and it will be a good idea to include animated characters in the lesson, but do not use it to cover every topic. Make the right choice of animation as a crazy cartoon animation will appeal a younger audience while a motion graphic or whiteboard animated movie will appeal corporate audience.
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