Friday, October 27, 2017

2017 EDU: Educational cartoons for kids: Could you make cartoons in a virtual world?

Educational cartoons for kids.   
Could you make cartoons in a virtual world?
Of course you could.  Would it offer any advantages?  A virtual world is a graphic engine.  It can produce animated graphics sequences with simple video capture.  Lots of scenery content is available for sale.  You can hire people to make content for you: avatars, objects, scenery.  You can rehearse the cartoon as much as you want.  Maybe it would cut the production cost to a price educators can afford.


More after the break


If I were writing the story... 

  • I would write a plot that requires the protagonist to meet the educational objectives.
  • And offers the opportunity for the hero to learn and practice the objectives.
  • Then I would ask the learner to guide the hero in the quest.
  • Good guidance would demonstrate successful learning.
  • Each choice point would require at least 2 outcome clips.  
  • Clip 1 would show success and the hero would thank the learner.  
  • Perhaps the hero would verbally summarize the discovery and store it in inventory.
  • Clip 2 would show failure, express disappointment (but not blame the learner).
  • Clip 2 would show the hero responding to failure by seeking more information.
  • The resulting information would be a clue for the learner.

Benefits of a virtual world for this

  • Once the set is built,  many stories can be be produced with only screen capture.
  • In OpenSim, additional bit players can be provided as NPCs.
  • For still cartoons or story boards, you only need image capture and speech bubbles.
  • You could add speech bubbles with WigFlip and The Gimp.
  • You can find experienced writers who will provide some help.

For Microlearning 

  • It should load quickly on a smart phone.
  • Focus on a single objective.
  • That could be done in 2 or 3 still panels.  
  • 1. Show relevant problem.
  • 2. Pick learning objective that solves problem.
  • 3. Show solution.



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