How to Make Training Stick: A 30hands Lesson

Eleanor Kennedy Blog

Studies show that only 10% of skills presented to employees during training sessions are retained after 6 months. The reasons for this is something we have already discussed here and here. It’s a frustrating reality for the corporate trainer but how do we incite change to ensure that our workforces are more productive than they were yesterday, more in line with company policies, and perhaps most importantly, happier in their job? It’s all about commitment, from the very top down to the trainer and trainee. It would be virtually impossible for any company to successfully train its staff without the support of its highest representative. According to TrainingIndustry.com, this involves a commitment to change, and this doesn’t start with the employee being trained. It starts with leadership, for without the commitment of leadership, there can be no real change. But there must also be a commitment to execute, something which takes time, energy and insistence to adopt new beliefs. And then there’s the commitment of time. New beliefs, behaviors, skills and competencies take time to develop – more time than most people believe is necessary. No matter how good the training is, the actual acquisition of competencies is not gained in a single training. Those competencies are gained in the field, over time. This last point is perhaps the most important. The ease and ability to revisit training, as well as meaningful follow-up assessment is perhaps the key to retained skills. With 30hands video, this is possible while ensuring vital company …

30hands Team Showcases at New LearnLaunch Workspace

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The 30hands Learning team recently attended LearnLaunch’s Summer Showcase event at their workspace in Boston, MA. It was a wonderful event which offered some of the most exciting EdTech up-and-comers the opportunity to exhibit their products and ideas, as well as a chance to connect with those of like-minded interests, interests which mainly revolved around a passion to better education and make tech resources available for more learners. As part of the showcase, exhibitors were given the opportunity to pitch their business in 60 seconds or less, a difficult but fun task for all involved. The 30hands pitch focused on our fast and easy video creation tools which put the power of learning back in the hands of students and ensure they better retain knowledge. 30hands Learning CEO and co-founder, Eric Braun, said: “We make it really easy for learners to create videos, whether it’s to tell a story, to train employees or customers, or to flip a classroom. In the fall, millions of students are going to say ‘wow! I can’t believe I passed that test. I didn’t study enough.’ The teachers are going to say, ‘I don’t really know if they understand the material or not.’ If they create a video to explain a concept, they dig deeper and they will be able to prove through the video that they really learned the content. “At the same time if you’re training employees, customers or students, you’re going to get your message across more powerfully through video. We make …

Video Training and Millennials: The Perfect Match?

Eleanor Kennedy Blog

“Let’s just stay in and watch Netflix”. How many times have we heard, or said, these words? Netflix, and indeed many other streaming sites, have become household names. They are how people pass the time, especially those who grew up in the early 21st century experiencing the rise of YouTube, Facebook, and other similar websites. But millennials aren’t just watching cat videos (sorry Olive!). They are now choosing to learn through online video, whether they realize it or not. Documentaries, quiz shows, TV shows… They all play a role in the ways in which these people now gain knowledge. With millennials now taking up a large percentage of today’s workforce, the opportunity of video in the office is perhaps bigger than ever. In fact, according to the Census Bureau, there are more than 80 million millennials living in the US, and other statistics show that their craving for online video as a preferred communication channel is growing.   This means the opportunity for video in corporate training is huge, as we have discussed before. It is even estimated that millennials spend 50 percent more time watching online video than TV. It’s clear that online video possesses an emotional power, so just how much more productive would a millennial worker be if they are trained through this medium?  We have already found out that corporate training costs the US economy approximately 70 billion dollars per year, with just a 10 percent skills retention rate. Why? Because of un-engaging training methods and a lack of …

Digital Storytelling and ISTE Standards for Teachers

Eleanor Kennedy Blog

With ISTE 2017 a matter of days away, we here at 30hands Learning have decided to explore the ways in which digital storytelling fits ISTE’s standards. We have already took a look at the organization’s student standards, so now we move on to the teachers. Digital storytelling is a captivating way for teachers to share their knowledge, and there is a wide variety of great apps out there that make this easy in the classroom. So if you’re a teacher on the edge about digital storytelling, read on and hopefully we can give you the push you need! Enjoy! Standard 1: Facilitate and inspire student learning creativity Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments. Through digital storytelling, teachers can promote student creativity and learning through assigned projects for an individual or group. Digital storytelling is a magnificent tool for innovative thinking and inventiveness. Teachers can encourage students to explore real-world issues and create their own digital stories on topics of their choice. As well as this, teachers can facilitate creative learning by encouraging students to work with their peers, thus testing the ways in which they use digital tools in groups. Standard 2: Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified …

Digital Storytelling and ISTE Standards for Students

Eleanor Kennedy Blog

Last year, we published a blog post which detailed the benefits of digital storytelling in the classroom. Digital storytelling is a fun and creative way for students of all ages to illustrate their knowledge and learn through the process. But digital storytelling also has many real world benefits. In fact, the process of creating a digital story forces learners to think analytically and visually, as well as practice their communication skills. These are traits which are also represented in ISTE’s standards for students and teachers, and with the 2017 conference just days away, we thought we would examine just how digital storytelling fits ISTE’s standards. Keep on reading! NOTE: Only ISTE standards that are representative of digital storytelling are included in this blog post. STUDENTS Standard 1: Empowered Learner Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. Digital storytelling empowers students to show what they know creatively and actively. For instance, if a learner is studying Photosynthesis in Science class, he or she can create a digital story illustrating all the steps involved. Not only does this show their competency, it helps them retain their knowledge and also provides a platform for them to go back and re-watch the lesson that they themselves created. Standard 2: Digital Citizen Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. …

Training your staff with 30hands video: A no-brainer for your business!

Eleanor Kennedy Blog

Seventy billion dollars. That’s how much money was estimated to be spent on corporate training in the US in 2015. Seventy billion dollars for only 10 percent skills retention. That doesn’t seem right, does it? There’s got to be a better way… and there is! There is no doubt that corporate training is a necessity in today’s world where technology is constantly changing and job specs are regularly altering. But one of the biggest mistakes companies make when training their staff is ignoring follow-ups or meaningful assessments.  That’s why research conducted by Eduardo Salas, a professor of psychology and Program Director of the Institute for Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida, found that approximately 90 percent of new skills learned at workplace training are lost within a year. One way of combatting this issue is through video lessons. It is estimated that video accounts for about 69 percent of all consumer internet traffic and it is thought that video-on-demand traffic has tripled in the last two years. It is all over our Facebook newsfeeds, our Instagrams, Twitter timelines and even quirky Snapchat stories. People clearly love video, so how do we use this to improve corporate training and ensure employees retain skills longer? It’s actually quite simple: take advantage of the accessibility of video. With 30hands Web, businesses can create simple, engaging videos that employees can access on demand on their mobile device, tablet or computer. This means the videos can be re-watched by staff at any time of the day, and as …

Practice makes perfect! Or at least it makes for more effective presenting…

Eleanor Kennedy Blog

Most people agree that presentation skills are important, but effective presentation skills are even more important. But how does one improve their presentation skills? The first time I ever gave a presentation was my first week of university. It was in my college’s biggest lecture hall and in front of about 100 people. It was terrifying. There is no better way to describe it than that. My voice shook, my words stumbled and the palms of my hands greased. It was a short, five minute presentation, though I have no idea how long I spoke for. It could have been a mere two minutes, or ten. I was just glad to get it over with and honestly didn’t care if I spoke well or not – as long as it was over. It was times like then, and this is something I even still think about, that I wish I had the chance to practice my presentation skills at a younger age. Confidence My first presentation was when I was 17 years old and my issues ultimately came down to a lack of experience which resulted in nerves and no confidence. Now, I see teachers from across the United States tweeting their students’ wonderful 30hands presentations, and these students are as young as kindergarteners. I firmly believe that there is a direct correlation between effective presentation skills and confidence. How do you build confidence in a task? And how do you implement effective techniques to engage your audience longer? Through …

30hands Storyteller Pro version 2.5.1

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We just released 30hands Storyteller Pro version 2.5.1. What’s new with this release? In addition to stabilization and plumbing improvements, we have some features that make things easier for teachers, experienced users and younger users, too. It’s important to update to version 2.5.1 to get the latest features, bug fixes, performance enhancements. Here’s the rundown of the releases from the past 6 months: 2.5.1 (April 21, 2017) The key update in this release was to fix a critical bug that may have made you think you need new glasses, because published videos had really bad, scrambled quality. It may have been good for a creative art project, but not for general usage. In addition, we included the following: merged the 2 options for publishing (Free and Hi-Res) added a setting to exclude the final 30hands slide when publishing a video   2.5.0 (April 18, 2017) This release included several enhancements to improve usability based on feedback from research called Toys or Tools done by Dr. Monica McGlynn-Stewart of George Brown College in Toronto. These changes include: moving the red “Recording…” text to the center, so it is easier to see that recording has begun extending video slide lengths to 2 minutes and prompting the user with instructions if a video is longer adding Pixabay web image search to Extended Drawing adding more exclusions to the Pixabay web image search filter changed the Cancel button to red and the Save button to green In this release, we also upgraded the Google Drive and Dropbox integration …

The Students Have Spoken

Gaby Charmont Blog

EdCamp Cape Cod was buzzing with energy and full of educators, administrators, and students alike. There was a beautiful breakfast spread and it was a great space where people began introducing themselves. I was quite overwhelmed but not quite out of place. I was among students younger than me but mainly teachers and administrators with many more years of experience than my mere few months of interning at 30hands. A huge grid was hung on the wall that organized the many classrooms available, their capacity, and time slots to plan your very unique day. Anyone could post a topic they were interested in within any of these slots. Soon after arrival, the slots were filling up and teachers were chatting about which topics they wanted to join in on the conversation and learn about tips and tools for use in their classrooms.   I found that I knew a great deal about a bunch of the topics and that I could have something to say in those sessions. I was relieved to know that I would have some important insights but also that I could learn so much from those putting the theories I’ve learned about into practice. One of the topics stood out to me, it was “We Don’t Need No Education! A Student Panel Q&A”. It had been pinned up by a few high schoolers who wanted to dedicate their time to the benefit of all the teachers who gathered in their room during the EdCamp event. They …

Sharing Your Lesson Plans as Videos, The Newest Trend in Education?

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Sharing lesson plans as videos with your colleagues can be a great way of both comparing ideas and obtaining new ones. Education is an incredibly time consuming gig and with much of a teacher’s time dedicated to the classroom and grading papers, it’s difficult to find the time to create new teaching materials. That’s why sharing materials is not only convenient, but educational. How do teachers benefit from this? Sharing your lessons online is a great way of expanding your knowledge and there are multiple websites which provide platforms for teachers to do so. Some of these (see Teachers Pay Teachers) have recently introduced the ability to do this through video. This is where 30hands shines in its ability to simplify, personalize and speed up the video creation process for teachers. Creating video can be a daunting task if one lacks experience in doing so, but with 30hands Storyteller, this fear quickly disappears as the app uses easy techniques which bring unique results. Unlike a lot of similar apps out there, 30hands Storyteller also makes it incredibly easy to edit your video, whether it’s to personalize it further or just to correct mistakes. There’s absolutely no need to alter your entire video just to fix one mistake! Creating 30hands videos from PowerPoints and Google Slides One of the best features of 30hands Storyteller is the ability to import your Google Slides or PowerPoint presentations and publish them as videos. This is done within a matter of seconds. If you have …