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The Flipped Classroom: Does It Actually Work?

What is the flipped classroom

According to the U.S. Department of Education, approximately 7,000 students drop out of high school each day, totalling in 1.2 million annually. That is a staggering number: 25% of freshmen who walk into a classroom on their first day of school will not graduate with their classmates. One of the reasons why students quit school is that the traditional one-size-fits-all model does not seem to work: it often results in limited student engagement and general lack of interest for school. Is there anything we can do about it?

Flipped classroom: a new approach to education

In the traditional educational model, the teacher would typically be the focus of the classroom, presenting information to students and trying to squeeze as much contents as possible into the lesson. New topics are covered in class, and students would normally be given some homework to read from the textbook and do some exercises to practice what they learned. In this environment, students’ engagement is limited as there is simply not enough time for them to discuss the topic with the teacher or work independently during the lesson, as all their time is dedicated to listening to what the teacher has to say. While teachers strive to make the learning process as engaging as possible, an approach known as “flipped classroom” is gaining more popularity every year.

What exactly is a flipped classroom?

Enhancing the Modern STEAM Curriculum

Teaching or learning in a STEM-centric environment? Psst… you forgot the A for Arts!

That’s right – in a new era of all things science, technology, math and engineering, we need not look past art and design as the broad-spectrum stitching that binds the others together. After all, the cultivators of STEM education over at Sesame Street have already pivoted to tackle this all-too-important topic of integrating art into their shows!

At least, understanding the correlation between colors, lines and spacial reasoning is knowledge that anyone can benefit from, even beyond building a robot. At most, the basic principles of design serve to bolster an understanding of how our human eyes and brains consume and process information – adhering entrepreneurial visions with a creative glue that will continue to prove its worth way past your typical career trajectory. From this perspective, it is only fair that STEAM rightfully reserves its place in our new educational curricula.

Script Writing Tips: FREE Sample Explainer Video Script!

Want to create an explainer video but not sure where to begin? Well today is your lucky day!

First let’s start with watching an explainer video - sit back and enjoy the awesome cinematic masterpiece :D

After you’ve watched this super cool explainer video what did you discover? Hopefully, you were entertained but there’s more…All explainer videos are trying to do what? Explain things right!? Exactly! Let’s break down the anatomy of an explainer video.

All explainer videos start with:

Could Your Content Marketing Use a Boost? Get Animated

One of the best things about content marketing is the sheer variety of ways that you can create content. Love to write? Blogs, case studies, and whitepapers can help spread your message far and wide. Found some great stats and interesting information? Try an infographic. Want to engage with your audience? Get social on Facebook and Twitter.

The list goes on, but the point is that content marketing has plenty of room for flexibility and creativity — in fact, using as many different tactics as possible is often a good strategy for keeping your existing audience engaged while still expanding your reach.

Among the most effective content marketing tactics is video. Back in 2012, YouTube predicted that video would eventually make up 90 percent of internet traffic, and every year that prediction appears closer to coming true. In 2014, video traffic (which includes streaming services like Netflix) reached 64 percent, and Cisco predicts that by 2019, that number will be up to 80 percent. Clearly, users are comfortable watching videos online, and when it comes to marketing, many often prefer to watch a video than read information about a company, product, or service.

It makes sense, then, to include video in your content marketing strategy. However, there is one type of video that’s proving to be more effective than any other when it comes to increasing click through rates and conversions: Animated video. Whether you choose a custom 2D cartoon, a whiteboard, or a motion graphic video (or any of the many other styles of video animation), the positive effect of animation on our content marketing efforts cannot be understated.

NEW METHODS of KEEPING STUDENTS ENGAGED in CLASS

Have you ever been in a situation when students were not paying too much attention in class? Doodling? Staring out the window? Wandering around their mind palaces?

It is a challenge to keep students focused during the whole class; even more challenging it is to get them back on task once they zone out. One lesson teachers learn well is that you need to “recruit students’ interest” in learning if you want them to stay focused, successfully comprehend new material and be able to apply it in life. What are some of the new best practices that can help you in this journey?

Keep students’ motivation high

As Larry Ferlazzo mentions in his book “Classroom Q & As: Expert Strategies For Teaching,” one of the strategies teachers should employ in an effort to keep students engaged is to help them move forward and reinforce motivation by highlighting small victories. It is important for students to feel they are making progress. For instance, try using achievement badges in class: when students finish working on a project or paper, they receive a badge that they can place on a special table and show off to their parents or fellow students.

Is Flash Dead? Signs Are Pointing to Yes

For decades, Flash and the internet have been inextricably linked. For years, pretty much any time you saw something moving online — whether the blaring, neon-soaked banner ads of the late 1990s or the subtler carousels that gained favor in the mid-2000s — it was created with Flash.

Over the last few years, though, the calls for developers to stop using Flash have grown louder and more insistent, with one blogger even calling for the entire web development community to agree on a defined end date to declare Flash dead once and for all.

While it may still be too soon to declare a time of death for Flash, it does appear that the technology is gasping its final breath. With the rise of HTML5, and the numerous benefits that it offers developers, businesses, and users, there’s increased sense that Flash simply has too many limitations to continue to be a viable option.

Attention: Bone Tool Coming to Animatron Editor!

If you think a few hand puppets, migrating over to HBO from a struggling network, is big news… wait until you hear all about our NEW Bone Tool, in the Animatron Editor! That’s right – that same warm fuzzy feeling a humorous and educational horde of shaggy creatures gives you, is also experienced when you consider using our Bone Tool for animations!

Chances are Adobe Flash Professional still hangs onto your digital artists toolbelt, caked up like a dusty old relic that left you yearning to pose and animate rigged 2D characters in your projects. Animatron’s Bone Tool seeks to rejuvenate that lingering desire left eating away at you.

Be forewarned: in its current state (05/02/2016) Bone Tool is in its Alpha stage, meaning it will go through some technical changes as its functionality improves.

How to Nail Your Introductory Video Script

When you want to create a deeper connection with your brand and engage your audience more effectively, few tactics are better than video. Whether you choose an animated or a live action video, adding an introductory video to your website content is proven to increase engagement, lengthen time on your site, and contribute to increased conversions.

The key to any successful introductory video is a solid script. This isn’t the time to try to wing it and try to speak off the cuff, or simply repeat the same information that anyone can discover by reading your “about us” page. No, a script is necessary to ensure that you stay on point, present a unified vision of your brand, and drive your desired actions.

Admittedly, writing the script is often the most challenging aspect of creating a video, thanks to business intro makers that take a lot of the technical guesswork out of video production. The time and effort you put into the script will pay off though, when your customers are left wanting more — and respond to your calls to action.

How to Choose the Best Animation Style for Your Explainer Videos

There’s a growing body of evidence indicating that animated videos are the most effective videos for landing pages, explainers, and introductory videos. Not only does animation allow you to present complex topics in a simple and engaging way, but they are often less expensive and easier to produce than live action videos.

While most of us probably think of our favorite Disney movies when we think “animation,” there are actually many more styles of animation, and each of them has their own strengths. Because not every style is well suited to every purpose, it’s important to understand how each can affect your message, and how to go about choosing the right style for your explainer video.