We all have heard and watch and read about TED. Who hasn’t?
TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Everything we do supports learning — from producing a growing library of original animated videos , to providing an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons, to helping curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills, to celebrating innovative leadership within TED-Ed’s global network of over 650,000 teachers.
What are TED-Ed Animations?
As per their website, TED-Ed Animations are our signature content: short, award-winning animated videos about ideas that spark the curiosity of learners everywhere. Every TED-Ed Animation represents a creative collaboration between experts. Such experts may include TED Speakers and TED Fellows, as well as educators, designers, animators, screenwriters, directors, science writers, historians, journalists and editors. These original animated videos, paired with questions and resources, make up what we refer to as TED-Ed Lessons.
It’s a great platform that delivers animated educational videos. Peppy Production also got inspired from Ted-ed and created few videos to help everyone around us. These videos work for teachers who use these videos to create engaging, interactive lessons for students wishing to self-educated themselves. We are always there to help you produce such videos.
So, how to educate your students like TED-ed Animation?
Students love stories; that’s where we generally start our creative process. If we can package the knowledge in an exciting story, it’s effortless to create animation being an expert in art or technology. There are main steps that we through when making an educated animated video.
– Script is the main ingredient in your animation recipe! –
We all start our life with a clear objective, the focus of our learnings, studying. A well-defined goal keeps our life in focus and helps us to achieve what we want to. Script for animation video is very similar. It defines the learning objective for your students; the direction of your script should be all about what your students should understand by the end of the animation. A story with a clear beginning, middle, and purpose makes the animation ride easy. Think of your students, their favourite language, what they need to understand, how detailed it needs to be. Can your script grab their attention just like we used to get hooked on to our grandma stories?
Learn more on how to write scripts
– Remember the art teacher lessons on storyboarding! –
Draw as you imagine, simple, if you think of a tree falling on a person, DRAW.
Forget about art skills or how well you are drawing. This process is to help you understand whether every scene is visually conveying your story efficiently or not. Everything will work from this plan; it’s like the architectural drawings of any buildings. It can be modified even changed with the help of an illustrator, but it’s better to do this with your imagination.
– Time to choose your animation style –
There are many types of styles to choose from Stop Motion, 2d animation styles, Typography , Infographics, Whiteboard. Out of these familiar, traditional animated style made popular in children’s cartoons. simple but can be very effective
– Last step is to animate!
Animation is specialized skill and generally takes lot of time and effort to animate even 60 seconds explainer animation video. But you want to go for a cheaper option then go through the software and platforms available which will help you create a great animation videos
Animation software’s to try on
Option 1 – Adobe After effects
Adobe After Effects is a digital visual effects, motion graphics, and compositing application developed by Adobe Systems and used in the post-production process of film making, video games and television production. Among other things, After Effects can be used for keying, tracking, compositing, and animation. It also functions as a very basic non-linear editor, audio editor, and media transcoder. In 2019, the program won an Academy Award for scientific and technical achievement.
You can watch easy to follow tutorial available on the Adobe website
Adobe Character Animator is an Emmy Award-winning  desktop application software product that combines live motion-capture with a multi-track recording system to control layered 2D puppets drawn in Photoshop or Illustrator. It is automatically installed with Adobe After Effects CC 2015 to 2017 and is also available as a standalone application which one can download separately as part of a Creative Cloud all-apps subscription. It is used to produce both live and non-live animation.
Adobe Photoshop is a raster graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Inc. for Windows and macOS. It was originally created in 1988 by Thomas and John Knoll. Since then, the software has become the industry standard not only in raster graphics editing, but in digital art as a whole. The software’s name has thus become a generic trademark, leading to its usage as a verb (e.g. “to photoshop an image”, “photoshopping“, and “photoshop contest“) although Adobe discourages such use. Photoshop can edit and compose raster images in multiple layers and supports masks, alpha compositing and several color models including RGB, CMYK, CIELAB, spot color, and duotone. Photoshop uses its own PSD and PSB file formats to support these features. In addition to raster graphics, Photoshop has limited abilities to edit or render text and vector graphics (especially through clipping path for the latter), as well as 3D graphics and video. Its feature set can be expanded by plug-ins; programs developed and distributed independently of Photoshop that run inside it and offer new or enhanced features.
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing software application developed by Adobe Inc. and published as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud licensing program. First launched in 2003, Adobe Premiere Pro is a successor of Adobe Premiere (first launched in 1991). It is geared towards professional video editing, while its sibling, Adobe Premiere Elements, targets the consumer market.
All the best from your side and don’t forget, we are always happy to help. As per our experience, these videos go a long way for short and even long boring content which will help your students spark their curiosity of learning.