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Get Animated with NPC Cutscenes

Welcome to a new dimension of teaching innovation with EMC² Learning’s action-packed NPC Cutscenes! These fully editable slideshow templates give teachers the power to transform your classroom into an immersive learning environment reminiscent of old-school video games, where every activity seamlessly connects within a richly themed world. 

Part drag-and-drop editing, part old school Colorforms (remember them?!), NPC Cutscenes are packed with action and ready to elevate any lesson plans to new heights.

Bringing an NPC cutscene to life is as easy as 1-2-3. Let’s take a look!


Step 1: Select a Theme of Your Choice

To begin your journey, all you’ll need to do is access any one of the NPC Cutscenes template collections that are here waiting for you inside of the EMC² Learning library. Simply click on the theme of your choice and you’ll be greeted by a vibrant array of layouts to choose from. From swashbuckling pirates to high tech cyberpunks, each collection is full of all sorts of creative, colorful backgrounds and characters that are ready and waiting to help bring all sorts of lessons to life.

Here’s a sneak peek of what the finished product looks like in action!

Step 2: Customize Your Scene
Choose your desired background and select the NPC characters that best fit your theme. With 6 backgrounds, 5 orientation layouts, and 10 unique characters to choose from in each collection, the possibilities are endless (by our best count, each default collection can be re-configured into a staggering 777,600,000 possible combinations for any five-slide slideshow). Simply customize the text boxes with your instructions, dialogue, or storyline to seamlessly integrate each activity into the overarching narrative.

Step 3: Iterate and Imagine
One of the greatest strengths of NPC Cutscenes is the user-friendly flexibility that this playful approach has to offer. Whether teaching in-person or virtually, this versatile tool adapts quickly to any learning environment. Plus, since the slide deck is fully editable, you can easily modify and update the content to suit the needs of your students and curriculum.

Examples might include…

  • Use an NPC Cutscene or two from the HACKER theme to let one of the Matrix-inspired cyberpunk characters help tee up an existing set of math problems where students will be working in teams to solve equations in their textbooks. Raise the stakes with a bit of flavor text to give your lesson plan a larger than life feel! “Can you solve X problems and hack your way into the mainframe?”

  • Introduce a quick NPC Cutscene from the ADVENTURE collection to let the mighty help welcome your students to a brand new unit you’ll be starting on Ancient Civilizations. Even a little tweak like this can do wonders to spark your students imagination, as your learners start to see themselves as explorers entering a whole new world of your content.

  • Grab an NPC Cutscene from the MONSTER lineup for a spooky, seasonal way to add flow and cohesion to your next lesson plan where your students will be taking part in another activity from the EMC² Learning library. Then simply copy and paste the NPC Cutscene of your choice as the first instructional slide to help the next activity feel like it’s set deep in the world of a haunted graveyard scene.

  • Search the web or use AI-powered tools of your choice to create or copy and paste additional photos from your favorite existing intellectual property — and in no time at all, NPC Cutscenes will have you welcoming in a co-teacher from a Wizarding World of magic or an epic space saga that’s set in a Galaxy Far, Far Away.
With a few quick keystrokes, NPC Cutscenes really do have the power to revolutionize the way we approach lesson planning by transforming mundane activities into captivating adventures. With its easy-to-use interface, customizable features, and endless possibilities for creativity, this pedagogical tool is sure to become a staple in your classroom. So why wait? Dive into the world of NPC Cutscenes today and watch your students embark on a journey of learning like never before!

The activities featured in this blog post are just a handful of the 700+ resources available in the EMC² Learning library. This entire library is available to Engagement Engineers and members of the Creative Corps, and is included with your annual site membership. We hope you’ll consider joining us as an Engagement Engineer to unlock a full year of site access. For complete details including our exclusive limited time offer for annual site membership, click here.

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