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 …

Designing Your Flipped Classroom with 30hands Storyteller Pro

Gaby Charmont Blog

Pumping student’s full of new information throughout the day and then sending them home with assignments to complete can be difficult and concerning for them. Once home, students may have a hard time recalling what they just learned or may have never fully comprehended the lesson in the first place. Lessons usually target certain types of learners which makes it difficult for others to keep up with the material when it is being taught in a way they do not understand. The flipped classroom pedagogical model can bridge this teaching vs. learning gap in education and will benefit all students. With lessons being pre-recorded by teachers and watched at home by students, there is more class time devoted to collaboration and putting the new knowledge to use through practical activities and creating presentations. Students can watch the lesson at home, rewinding and taking notes as necessary, which will reinforce the main points and they will better understand the material when absorbing it at their own pace. Encouraging students to come to class with a few questions on the lesson can begin the class in an engaging way that will also explain any confusions they may have. This will hone in their attention to the lesson and make sure the students have absorbed what they should have from the video watched at home. Providing an in class activity that will further expand upon this new knowledge will be the most meaningful for students who will remember the material much better than …

Creating Video Lessons Part 5: Using Google Slides with 30hands Pro

Moia Rowsome Blog

Hey all! Summer is finally here, and it’s time to slide our way into vacation bliss. But here at 30hands Learning, instead of having fun on real slides and taking a dip in the pool, we’re creating our own excitement with Google Slides to make engaging 30hands videos! We’re now at part 5 of my blog on creating effective video lessons to flip your classroom. So far, we’ve discussed scriptwriting, storyboarding and how to keep your learners engaged by keeping your slides simple. In this blog post, I’m going to talk about how Google Slides can be used as a foundation for your 30hands videos. Of course, creating your lessons is easy and effective to do in 30hands Storyteller Pro alone; however, Google Slides works really well together with 30hands Storyteller Pro. Let’s say you want to develop more detail on your slide, or perhaps you have a Google Slides presentation already designed and you want to make it into a video lesson. This is all possible with 30hands Pro, and it’s very easy! I’m going to start by discussing Google Slides itself in more detail so that you can see how to get the best out of it for your slideshow. I will share some tips and tricks on how to do things efficiently. I will then discuss how to import all of your wonderful content into 30hands Pro. First thing’s first! Do you remember how I said starting with a script is the best way get going on your journey to flipping the …

Creating Video Lessons Part 4 – Reducing Cognitive Load!

Moia Rowsome Blog

Ugh! Too much information. Welcome to part 4 of my blogs on creating engaging video lessons! So you have written your script and storyboarded your content. Now it’s time for the really creative process to begin! Enhancing and developing your slides with images and narration! This week, I’m going to be talking about how to use images to develop an engaging video lesson without overwhelming the learner and thus avoiding cognitive load. So we’ve all been there. That long, tired afternoon sitting opposite someone who has filled his or her presentation with diagrams, text and images, while they persist in talking over it. Although the information on the presentation might be excellent and what they are saying might be really good stuff, for the audience or learner it becomes overwhelming and very dull. So we disengage. But why does this happen? Is it just that we find it less interesting? Well, in the brain there is what we call a dual channel which we use to process information. This happens through the eyes and the ears. The eyes process information we see and the ears process information we hear. And it gets more complex than this. Because the eyes have to absorb images and read text, they can be subject to what is called the split attention effect. This happens when you have a set of images on a screen to portray a concept and then also text to read too. Your eyes are trying to read the text while working out what the images mean, so you become …

Creating Video Lessons with 30hands Pro: Starting with a Script

Moia Rowsome Blog

As we all know, getting started is the hardest part of any creative process. When it comes to creating a video lesson, we all have cool ideas of what we could share with our students. But where do we begin? What should be our first step? Well, from my experience, beginning with a script is a great way to go. A script you say? Yes, a script! Just like in the movies! Think of a regular lesson where you are explaining a topic or concept to your students. What would you say? This is your script. If you prefer to write a paragraph first, that’s ok. Follow up by breaking it into lines, one for each slide. Read on to see how I do it. The reason why I do this is because it enables me to plan out what I am going to say on each slide and then design your content around it. Of course, you can change your script around as you iterate through your creative process. But starting with a basic idea of what you are going to say and laying it out in this way I have found to be really effective. Even though it involves investing a bit of time at the start, it makes things much quicker once you go to add images and then narrate over your content. And you finish with a tip-top video! So, how do I go about doing this? Google Docs is a great tool for script writing as you can easily …