What type of animation works best for your in-class teaching?

Jun 5, 2019Blog, educational animations, innovative teaching methods, teaching primary school0 comments

Now we are heading towards the future of education where in-class teaching is growing more flexible and innovative as online learning. In this development flow, animation has become the ideal teaching aid for teachers to educate children. Once you have realized the importance of adopting animation in your class, let’s dive into how you are going to start putting it into action.

The first thing in your to-do list should be to identify what is the best animation type for your class. In order to do that, you would first explore all the possible options, do some research on what your industry prefer, and finally choose the one you would get a hand on.


Animation: an innovative teaching aid in the classroom

In primary school, animation was first used in teaching music. After that, the animated video for Alphabet song appeared as a clue about the potential of animation for educational purposes. Time flies, we saw animated videos is widely optimized in teaching, from Math, Science to Ethical lessons. This demonstrates one thing: animation is helpful and becoming the trending in teaching children.

To understand how animation empowers primary teaching, read more:
> Animation in primary teaching: how does it work
> How can animation transform learning in the classroom


Best animation types for in-class teaching

Below are types of animations that primary teachers prefer to use most in teaching children. You will see a quick peek into each type and when is the best occasion to use it for your in-class teaching.  


A – Motion graphics animations

Motion graphics animation is the most commonly used in primary teaching. Many teachers love it because it helps excite learning and explain complicated knowledge to children.

How to identify it?

  • Colorful graphics, characters, and illustrations that could visualize any type of content
  • Simple motion effects that are generated by the computer
  • Usually combined with audio (sometimes audio could be the dialogue of characters)
  • Storytelling methods that deliver the content by telling a story.

You should use motion graphics animation when:

  • You have to explain difficult or abstract subjects that need simplification (as Math calculations or scientific processes)
  • The subject doesn’t require a pretty smooth movement
  • It’s okay for you to have pre-designed assets (like characters, illustrations or design style) in your animated video
  • You look for a producing process that is time-saving and cost-effective


B –  Hand-drawn animations

This type of animation is similar to traditional cartoons that you’ve watched on Cartoon Network. In short, hand-drawn is called ‘high-quality and luxury animation’ as animators have to draw every frame of the scene and meticulously do the movement for each frame.

What does an hand-drawn animated video look like?

  • Pretty smooth movements created from 15-24 frames for one second
  • Usually come with a unique and premium design style
  • Costly and time-consuming to produce one minute (can range from $3000 to $50000)

Come to hand-drawn animation if:

  • You have a huge budget
  • You want to express your personality and brand identity in the animation
  • Potentially you could bring these learning videos online to build an eLearning course


C – Whiteboard animations

As its name, whiteboard animated video includes hand drawing images/illustrations on a white background. Besides medical application, whiteboard animated videos are chosen to teach children widely.

What are whiteboard animation’s features?

  • Simple illustrations with minimizing colors (from 2-3 colors includes black)
  • Simple motion generated by the computer as motion graphic animation.
  • Affordable prices (cheaper than producing motion graphics one)

Choose whiteboard animation if:

  • You don’t have a huge budget for creating animation
  • You don’t emphasize much on the illustrations as long as it could visualize the content
  • You have a good drawing skill and want to do animation yourself with basic animation software.


D – Stop-motion animation

Although it isn’t the trending now, stop-motion animation is still showing its power in education, especially for in-class teaching.

The advantages of stop-motion animation:

  • Easy to do and quick to create with very basic movements made by hand-changing and camera-capturing.
  • Stimulate the creative mind of the video creator in storytelling
  • Various animated subjects with flat materials (printed paper/ photographs/ drawing images)

You should opt for stop-motion animation in case:

  • You have a tight budget and prefer do animation yourself.
  • You have in your hand a proper camera and experience in recording
  • You are able to use basic video edit software to add some effects to make your video looks better


E- 3D animation (digital 3D video)

More luxury, more premium than hand-drawn animation, it’s 3D animation. In a nutshell, it is a better version of 2D motion graphic animation that visualized the concept in the 3D environment.

3D animation is best for teaching when:

  • the subjects need realistic context with high accuracy in visualization (eg: engineering training, medical surgery)
  • you want to bring the best learning experience to students
  • you invest for a long-term campaign with a specific vision on using animation so high production cost isn’t much a matter (such as brand identity, point of differences)

However, in fact, primary education doesn’t include much-complicated knowledge relating to engineer or surgery. Therefore, it could be a waste to create a 3D animated video teaching Math for children. That’s why 2D videos usually come as the ideal choice to adopt animation in primary teaching.

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2D animation: the in-thing in primary teaching

You have gone through 5 best types of animation that are most appreciated to use in primary school. Do you realize an interesting thing that 4 out of 5 types are 2D animations? Is it an accident? We don’t think so.

As an experienced animation studio, we have worked with several clients to produce educational animations for K-12 and preschool. And they opted for 2D animation, especially 2D motion graphics animation! We talked to our clients, tried to find out the reasons behind and here they are:

1. It’s powerful to explain primary subjects:

2D animation fits with any type of content because it could visualize anything even sensitive subjects as mental health problems. Take a look at 3 examples below and you could see how 2D animation benefits primary teaching.

This is a specific example of how animation that F-Studio produces is used as a teaching tool, particularly for using a bar model in mathematics at primary level.


An animated video that helps children learn ABC letters better. The secret here is the perfect combination of the rhythms with visualization (by using shapes with attractive colors) for better understanding and remembering. 


Animation does a great help in explaining the mental health problems that children experience when growing up. Especially, the audiovisual material has visualized and simplified the idea of explaining mental issues by physiological and biological mechanisms.


Maybe you are interested in:
> ShinShin Tang Case Study: Animation empowers teaching mental health knowledge for children

2. It’s various to apply to primary teaching:

As you see from the previous part, 2D animation is various with motion graphics, hand-drawn, whiteboard, stop-motion, infographic or typography animation. Therefore, teachers have more choices and more opportunities to apply it to their teaching. 


3. It’s easy to create:

Seriously, if you are tech-savvy and believe in your ability, you can do animation yourself. There are several available animation software for beginners. In case you look for higher quality animation, you could contact a freelancer or animation studio!

Read further:
> Best educational animation software for beginners
> Animation making in education: should you do it yourself, or should you hire the professionals

4. It’s time-saving and cost-efficient:

Creating a 2D animation instead of 3D could save your time in several steps in producing the process as modeling, lighting, camera setting, and so on. Go along with it, the product cost is also much cheaper than 3D animation but still ensuring the knowledge is effectively delivered to children.    



By now, we got that because animations engage in-class teaching so much with audiovisual content,  it’s no reason to not use it in primary school. Choosing a type that’s best suitable for your course is the first step of turning idea into action. All the rest of your work is to produce animated videos. Perhaps you will experience a complex working process whose steps you can check it out here.


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