CREATE A WHITEBOARD STORY

 

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As you might already know, there are plenty of ways to tell a story. You could actually write one on paper or animate one on your computer. You could also get actors and shoot your own little movie. However, did you know there’s a more novel approach?

It’s called “Whiteboard Animation”. Yes, you guessed it right, you can actually use a Whiteboard to do this. Whiteboards aren’t limited to just classrooms or offices. There’s a lot more you can do with them.

Whiteboard animation involves recording an artist drawing on a whiteboard while explaining a concept or narrating a story. Though a lot of the work is still processed via digital methods, the actual illustrations are done on a whiteboard.

Of course, there are 100% digital versions as well where the whiteboard is recreated digitally. However, we aren’t discussing that here.

Whiteboard stories are effective because they are didactic. The story is communicated in real-time through speech and illustration. As a result, the concepts are reinforced in a far more effective manner.

Additionally, whiteboard storytelling is also very immersive and engaging. So, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try it and in fact, every reason to. Here are a few tips to help you with.

Focus on the Quality of Storytelling

Stories are great, but, they’re even more effective when they’re shared in the right manner. So, make sure you have a great idea or theme for your story. It needs to be attractive in order to get people’s attention. The most effective stories are the ones that people can relate to.

In this case, this could be your classroom, colleagues or even clients.

Add Color

Traditionally, whiteboard videos rely on black illustrations i.e. the artist would draw using a black whiteboard marker. There isn’t anything wrong with this approach and in fact, it’s the recommended way to go about things.

However, a little color in between can always make things better. But, the keyword here is “little”. Don’t go overboard with the color. The purpose of color in such videos is to draw attention towards the important parts of the illustrations.

For instance, if you want to talk about a pen, the pen can be drawn using a color marker instead of the usual black one. The color highlights the pen and maintains it as the central subject of the story. In fact, if you’re creating a brand story, you can use your brand colors.

Maintain the Flow

Drawing a sequence of events on a whiteboard will obviously require you to erase and re-draw. This is okay and a part and parcel of whiteboard storytelling. However, keep it to a minimum. It’s’ better if your story has a consistent flow to it as far as the visuals go.

So, instead of trying to draw one entire scene on the whiteboard, draw multiple scenes. You can even divide the whiteboard into sections and fill each one with subsequent events. This will create the perception of continuous flow.

PLAY THESE ESL GAMES ON A WHITEBOARD

Play These ESL Games On A Whiteboard

There’s no denying that the many advances in technology have greatly contributed to the field of education and learning. However, since digital tools are the norm today, students rarely feel motivated or interested in the classroom.

Digital teaching aids were a novelty once upon a time, but that novelty has now worn off. Today, a laptop is just another tool. So, how do you get students interested in a topic? Well, you go retro. In this case, we are specifically referring to the use of whiteboards.

Whiteboards can be quite effective in getting students to show interest. In this blog, we are going to explore how whiteboards can be used to play games that enhance ESL (English as a Second Language) sessions.

Jeopardy

Jeopardy is a classic TV show game that’s sure to make your students think. For this, you just have to divide the whiteboard into multiple columns. Each column will represent a vocabulary category. You will also have to add rows for point values.

Once that’s done, divide your classroom into two teams. To play the game, each team will have to pick a category and point value that they intend to play for. You will then ask a question related to that category. If they answer right, you erase the point value mentioned and add it to the team’s score. The team with the maximum score wins.

Pictionary

For this, split your class into two. The game involves participants drawing actions, scenarios or even writing words picked up from a set of cards. The objective is for the respective participant’s team-mates to find out what the participant is trying to say based on the drawings they are given as clues.

Tic Tac Toe

Using your whiteboard, you can play a more complex version of tic tac toe. For instance, let’s say you want to test if your students understand simple past sense; start by drawing a 3×3 grid. In each square, write a sentence with a “____” in place of the verb.

Now, get your students to figure out which verb fits in the blank. The team that gets the right answers in the tic tac toe order first, wins.

This can be applied to other subjects as well and not just ESL.

Earthquake

Draw a 5×5 square on the whiteboard and mark out 5 rows and 5 columns. Name each column alphabetically i.e. A, B, C, D, and E. Now, assign a question to each square. However, leave three squares blank. The idea is for teams to pick a square and answer the questions assigned to that square.

However, if they pick a square that doesn’t have a question, they lose points. The game is called earthquake because the points are imagined to have been swallowed up by one.

Writing Race

Here, you write a question on the board and request teams to answer the question. However, instead of answering from their desks or seats, the teams will be required to send one member to answer the question on the whiteboard.

The chosen member will have to race the other team’s chosen member to get to the whiteboard and answer the question.