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Can a 2D animation course develop IQ, EQ and SQ?

Enrolling in a 2D animation course and using 2D animation software can help to communicate complex ideas and concepts far more effectively. This is especially because it is often easier to show a person how something works instead of trying to explain how something works (Mandasari, 2012).

Is a 2D animation course good for improving IQ?

Using any animation software, coupled with a clear narration of ideas, can help to enhance any child’s comprehension of curriculum, as well as raise their IQ or ‘Intelligence Quotient’. This as such, can be done through enrolling in a 2D animation course. Here, a child can design characters, objects and text from any subject matter and animate 2D in, to help guide them through complex information. This also helps them to better understand the overall key ideas or messages needed for their learning. This is important as 90% of information rendered to the brain is visually based. Therefore, with 2D animation software for instance, it’s possible to “pair concepts with meaningful images”, which in turn can form part of the brain’s long-term memory (Farmer, 2021). This, along with audio, makes learning interactive and participatory, allowing children to interact with the content more effectively. Thus, they are able to also comprehend the lesson and learning material much more quickly. The retention rate also becomes higher when the concepts are created in using animation software (Joshi, 2022).

Some work done at universities in Sri Lanka looked at how integrated web-based learning and interactive computer aided language learning proved to be highly successful in increasing student performance, for both school and tertiary education. That said, using interactive multimedia-based courses such as a 2D animation course, coupled with a storytelling approach can help assist the learning process for young learners and children alike. The knowledge they need to attain can therefore be delivered and recognised much easier by children through such means. This in turn provides them the ability to enhance their cognitive capabilities (Chen, Yong & Li, 2010 ; Muda, 2006 cited in Ahmed, Islam, Islam & Shamsuddin, 2014).

Studies overall also revealed that using animation software can improve learning by up to 400%. 40% of humans respond better to visual information compared to “plain text”, and especially for children, animation can be a highly effective means to motivate them. Also, creating content that uses 2D animation software for instance and being able to animate 2D in to simplify complex information, can make it more engaging for children, in turn producing an effective way to aid learning and development.

How do you stimulate the left and right brain using animation software?

In the human brain, the right hemisphere controls the left side of our bodies, and is generally in charge of our creative, social, visual and intuitive skills. The left side however, controls the right side of our bodies, including logical thought, language, mathematics and ordering (Funderstanding, 2011). In a 2008 thesis report, called Child Right Brain Development Through Game Based Learning, the study placed focus not only on maximising children’s full use of their brains with an interactive game created using animation software, but also structured a learning course that would keep children’s creative or ‘right’ side of their brains continuously more active compared to the left. Each module was designed to focus on different aspects of shape and colour (right brain focus), including numbering and alphabet recognition (left brain focus) using a platform that fully utilised the animation software and design process with programs such as Adobe Flash CS3 Professional (Halim, 2008).

Furthermore, computer scientist “Tony DeRose” of ‘Pixar Animation Studios’ stated that each animated movie created, such as Finding Nemo to WALL E for instance, all owe their animation success to mathematics. This is because they are entirely created using animation software. The capabilities include trigonometry to rotate and move characters, algebra to create the special effects that make the visuals “shine and sparkle”, and calculus to help light up certain scenes when necessary (MAA, 2022). Thus, the left-brain function that controls mathematics in particular, plays a huge role here when it comes to using animation software, including 2D animation software overall.

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How do you build EQ in children using 2D animation?

Using 2D animation software can help to make abstract concepts and complex subject matter into something more tangible and relatable for children. Thus, visual stimuli can trigger emotional responses for children, in turn, forming memories (Farmer, 2021). Therefore, cartoons are perfect examples of 2D animation which when used effectively and appropriately, can teach children how to understand and express various emotions through addressing their explorative and creative sides (Moore, 2022).

Since visuals are far more engaging than text alone, socio-emotional learning or developing the ‘Emotional Quotient’ through enrolling in a 2D animation course, can keep children continuously engaged. As such, they will be able to discover how to respond to their emotional development by building different scenarios through storytelling and creating their animations. Therefore developing their emotional intelligence and managing it in a healthy, practical and productive way using animation software as their guide (Moore, 2022).

Why is animation important for developing SQ?

Learning social skills involves learning how to behave specifically to a situation and using this to “maintain effective interpersonal communication and interaction” with others in that situation (Westwood, 2007 cited in Mandasari, 2012). This is required in everyday life in order to interact with one another effectively and appropriately. This also includes at the right time and space to help get along with others based on the social situation (Burke et al., 2006 cited in Mandasari, 2012).

In the thesis, Learning Social Skills with 2D Animated Social Stories for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) (2012), the research focused on combining a 2D animation course using 2D animation software with animated stories. This also involved using the computer as a medium to present an “interactive pedagogical tool for children with ASD”. This included those with Asperger’s syndrome, to also improve upon and learn social skills or the ‘Social Quotient’. This combination was seen as an effective means to teach social skills to children with ASD, as studies have found them to be naturally drawn to technology, computers and “visual cues” (Mandasari, 2012).

The 2D animated stories from Social Story™ that were created by Carol Gray in 1991, showcased short stories written from a child’s viewpoint to help children understand particular social situations. These included descriptions of the social situation, the people involved, and their perspectives, including the suggested appropriate responses for them to act in based on the specific situation (Mandasari, 2012).

Studies have also found that learning done through animation software and interactive computer-based education can be extremely beneficial as a tool to treat children especially with ASD. This is because they are particularly drawn to computers and animation, and therefore are able to interact naturally with such methods and means of animation software and computer-generated media, as they can use them creatively with ease (Hardy, et al., 2002; Bernard‐Opitz, et al., 2001 & Eliasz, 2009 cited in Mandasari, 2012).

Being part of a 2D animation course as such, can help children overall to develop their “social understanding” by teaching them how to create simple figures and objects they can animate 2D in, giving them the capabilities to even learn a new language for instance, with better ease and flexibility. Also, using 2D animation software within a 2D animation course can encourage “active participation” and positive responses from children and especially from those with ASD (Mandasari, 2012).

Therefore enrolling your child in a 2D animation course provided by PIEX Education, will not only strengthen their IQ, but also develop their EQ and SQ simultaneously ─ building your child for unlimited success in their future endeavours!

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