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We just published a new video that's for all the instructors out there. It explains Instructional Objectives in about 3 minutes: Highlights from the video: About This Video: This video tells the story of an instructor named Mariam. She learns to use instructional objectives to plan her lessons so that her students can demonstrate what they learn in a measurable way. It teaches: Why instructors need measurable results Why instructional objectives are important How instructional objectives... Continue Reading

Book Review - In a Common Craft Style Video

Posted by: leelefever on September 29, 2014- 12:06pm

Categories: Art of Explanation, book, book review, common craft style, video

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I love this. Bruce Herwig, a reader of The Art of Explanation, decided to review the book by creating a Common Craft Style video. He even provided "5 lessons I Learned in Making a Common Craft Style Video" in the blog post. Thanks Bruce! Reading in email? Watch the video here. Learn more about Common Craft Cut-outs. 

An Animated Interview by GoAnimate

Posted by: leelefever on September 23, 2014- 10:36am

Categories: animation, goanimate, GoAnimate and Common Craft, interview, video

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We're big fans of GoAnimate. They make it easy for anyone to create animated videos - even using Common Craft Cut-outs.   Recently they asked about doing an interview with me, but not just any interview. They wanted to make the interview look like an animated talk show. This is where their service really shines. We talked about my family's business in NC, how Sachi and I get along and of course, explainer videos. The video below was made with GoAnimate - and you can make videos just like it... Continue Reading
Viewing in email? Watch it here. The video above by Kurzgesagt is rather long and packed with information, but presented in a manner that makes it easy to understand thanks to good writing and really compelling visuals. I love that it has little humorous bits, like the Secret Dinosaur Society (05:31). Notice the subtle use of comparative visuals, like the deepest hole humans have ever drilled (03:25) when discussing the earth's crust. Overall I think it's great work. I do have one quibble In... Continue Reading
Our new video explains the basics of programming computers - and specifically, programming languages. Watch it now About this video: Computers can perform amazing feats of speed, repetition and calculation. But what they are really doing is following instructions we write in programming languages. This video is designed to help people understand the role of programming languages in computers. What it Teaches: How do we tell computers what to do? Using the simple example of a computer... Continue Reading
In recent months, the world of journalism has seen an increased focus on “explainer” news sites. Examples include new sites like Vox, Newsbound, FiveThirtyEight and The Upshot by The New York Times. The demand for explanations in the news is growing. Taking a step back, I think it’s interesting to think about why it’s happening and what it could mean for the future. Let’s start with the goal: If you set out to explain something, your goal is to increase understanding. So, explainer news sites... Continue Reading

Study Data on Videos in Education

Posted by: leelefever on April 22, 2014- 2:42pm

Categories: Classroom Video, data, flipped classroom, kaltura, report, study, video

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The use of videos in education is growing along with the "flipped classroom". A new report by Kaltura helps to put some data behind what many in education are seeing today. Via ReelSEO, here are a few of the highlights of the report: 90% of respondents believe that video improves the learning experience, with even basic video tools having a significant impact. 57% of respondents agree that flipped classrooms will become a standard teaching method in higher education, with 48% saying that their... Continue Reading
Our new video was the most requested by members and explains Primary and Secondary Sources in research (2.5 minutes).   Watch it now. About this video: When researching, there are two main types of information sources: primary and secondary sources. Understanding the difference between them and how to use them can help make your projects more thorough and accurate.   What it Teaches:   This video looks back at a big event in history: The Great Storm (England, 1703). It asks the question - how... Continue Reading

RESOLVED Video Playback Issue

Posted by: leelefever on January 28, 2014- 2:52pm

Categories: hosting, support, video, Website

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This issue is now resolved. All videos should play normally.  A quick note to let you know that we are experiencing a sporadic problem that is affecting video playback for some users and members. In some cases, the video doesn't load after the "play" button is clicked.  Our video host is working on the problem now and we expect it to be short term. If you are experiencing this problem, please contact us and describe your experience. We'll update this blog post with any updates.  Thanks for your... Continue Reading

Lessons on Visualizing Complex Ideas

Posted by: leelefever on December 18, 2013- 12:50pm

Categories: animation, Art of Explanation, production, teded, video, visualization

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A good primer by Ted-Ed on the process of turning a complex idea into visuals that can be used in an animated explainer video.   Reading in email? Watch the video here.  While the major points are great, I think it leaves out the creativity and complexity involved in producing the visuals themselves. It's a huge barrier for DIY video creators because it often requires expensive programs and extensive know-how. That's why we're fans (and partners) of GoAnimate, which provides tons of ready-made... Continue Reading

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