Learning and Staff Development in an Age of On-Demand

Eleanor Kennedy Blog

We live in a world where demand and expectations drive quality of living, or at least what we perceive to be quality. Missed last night’s episode of Game of Thrones? No worries (okay, except for the danger of spoilers). You can literally speak into your remote control and your television will catch you up. Want to know the weather forecast for the next week? Siri will have your answer in a matter of seconds. Our expectations are growing dramatically with each passing year as a result of this desire for immediate delivery of what we want. The on-demand culture has not only affected our home life but our professional lives, too. Today’s workforce is expected to be immediately productive on everything needed for the job. But is this realistic? How are we supposed to be 100% knowledgeable when each release of a product has a whole new batch of features and functionality? Often, the user interface and UX are dramatically changed. The reality is that the rapidly changing nature of technology is in conflict with our on-demand desires. We want everything now, but we can’t have that, since everything changes too quickly. To meet this demand, we need to have ways to teach and learn more quickly. Company hierarchies must be willing to encourage learning and development within their workforce to truly get the best possible results from staff. What do you mean when you say, “learning and development”? Learning and development is exactly what you think it is. It’s a way …

Back to School Teacher Tips with 30hands

Eleanor Kennedy Blog

It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again, but time seems to go so fast these days. The summer has come and gone. Teachers are getting their lesson plans ready, students are getting their supplies, and both are preparing to surpass a number of important milestones over the next academic year. It’s an exciting time, when possibilities seem to be infinite and goals unlimited. Over the next 9 months or so, teachers will bond with their students and create a permanent impression on not only their learning, but their lives. If you’re a teacher preparing to head back into the classroom, or perhaps your district’s school year is already underway, we’ve  decided to give you a few tips to make this year the most rewarding yet. Happy teaching, and learning! Set clear objectives. This will not only be useful for you as a teacher, but your students too. With each grade a student enters, their knowledge and capabilities are expected to grow. Set some objectives on your first day back in the classroom to keep both you and your students motivated.  Learn from your colleagues. Often times, the best way to develop professionally is to talk to your colleagues. Each teacher has his or her own ways of engaging students and delivering content. Whether your colleague has 20+ years experience in the classroom or is just starting out, it can be hugely beneficial to pick their brains for teaching methods, and also share your own ideas! One way …

The Value of Taking Things Apart and Putting Them Back Together

Eric Braun Blog, Iterative Creativity, Teaching

When I decided to dive into the world of education several years ago, I spent a lot of time exploring models of great learning. My exploration came through reading articles on pedagogy and research, talking to educators and learners and thinking about my own experiences. Although I had been a very good student in the traditional sense, I realized that what had made the most impact on me was hands-on and experiential learning. For some reason, I was the kind of person who explored tangential curves that veered off the main course and usually returned back through some sort of twisting wormhole. It began with taking apart clocks, radios and other gadgets to fix them and find out how they worked. It continued through music and the arts and into entrepreneurship, which was more about putting things together and creating something new. Taking things apart and then putting them together in a different manner, creating something new from the analysis and understanding that came from deconstruction. Deconstruction and reconstruction can happen in many subject areas. Jazz musicians take apart a song and put the ideas together in a new improvisation of the original. Writers take a well-known story and retell it in a new, fresh way that may not even look like the original. The musical West Side Story was based on the storyline from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and James Joyce’s Ulysses is a modern-day retelling of The Odyssey by Homer. The key learning component in deconstruction is the analysis …

Project Based Learning Comes to Life with 30hands

Moia Rowsome Blog

Knowledge construction, critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving and learner autonomy. These are just some of the crucial elements that teachers have been endeavoring to include in their daily lessons for some time now. As you can imagine, it is no easy feat. With time restraints and a strict curriculum to cover, it is a challenge to foster all of these valuable skills in class each day. Project Based Learning (PBL) is an effective way to bring multiple elements into your students’ learning process. With 30hands Storyteller, you can make the whole process more engaging as your learners can record and document their learning. Perfect for formative assessment. Sign me up! What is PBL? Many believe that the traditional teaching model, where the learner is a passive observer or listener, does not prepare our students for the world we live in today. This is not to say that instruction is not valuable or necessary for learning. However, it has become clear that room is needed for more critical inquiry, problem solving, collaborative group work and decision making at school. Project Based Learning involves having students actively engaging in real world projects that they care about. The student moves from the passive listener to key instigator in their learning. Their role is investigative and this investigation drives their own learning. According to Thomas (2000), there are five criteria that a project must have in order for it to be considered PBL: Centrality – The project actually is the curriculum. It is not …

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

Eleanor Kennedy Blog

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 …