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The Art of Explainer Videos 2021 – Adobe in partnership with Khan Academy

November 19, 2021 8:00 AM
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Welcome to Adobe in a Box!

Adobe in a Box is a project-based series for learners of all ages. These free, self-paced modules feature creative experts from Adobe and partners who share real-world industry insights and creative advice. The interactive videos and activities in this series help you learn, find inspiration, and see how creativity is essential for all kinds of careers. 

The Art of Explainer Videos

Video has become an essential way for people to learn and express themselves. The genre of “explainer videos” is particularly popular for people trying to teach or learn something new, whether for a class, a company, or on social media.

Project overview

In this five-step project, you’ll learn the art of making explainer videos from beginning to end. Listen to industry experts share their tips and tricks on how to select a topic, research information, and choose the right tools to produce content and share your video with the world. 

The explainer video challenge

What it is:

Make a 1-2 minute video explaining a concept that is important to you.

Who can participate:

The challenge is open to students ages 13+ at the middle school, high school, and college levels. 


Ten participants will be selected to win a mobile video production kit and a 1:1 coaching session with an Adobe content producer.

How to Participate

Step 1: Pick a topic

  • Brainstorm a topic or list of topics that you are excited about explaining to others.

  • Research a few other explainer videos on YouTube that explain those topics.

  • Make a list of their strengths and weaknesses.

Step 2: Research and prep

  • Settle on a topic that you’d like to make a video about. 

  • Do your prep work: Will you create an outline of what you want to cover, or are you more comfortable writing out a complete script?

  • What will you do to make sure your personality comes through?

Step 3: Press record

  • Determine what equipment you need, keeping in mind that clear audio is critical.

  • Record your material— try it a few times until you get comfortable.

  • Check out the production checklist in the project worksheet for more tips and tricks. 

Step 4: Review feedback

  • What bits of advice are most meaningful to you?

  • How do you plan to respond to feedback — particularly negative feedback?

  • Share your work in progress with a few trusted friends and family.

Step 5: Ready to share?

Upload your submissions to Youtube/Social with the hashtag


Fill out a submission form to enter the challenge. (click Register button below)


Do I need to publish my video to YouTube to participate in the challenge?

No. You can publish your video on any video platform, as long as the platform generates a unique URL for your video and it can be viewed without logging into the platform. Remember to also fill out the submission form to include your video link. 

Where can I get more help on creating videos?

We have a tutorials page dedicated to just students! You can find help for video editing tools as well as beginning tutorials for the rest of Adobe’s creative tools. 

Does my video need to be on a school-related topic?

We encourage you to create a video on anything you’re passionate about!

How can I access Adobe tools?

Many Adobe tools, including those with premium features, are 100% free for education. To learn more about those tools and how to access them — and to find out about Adobe’s full range of creative tools — visit the Adobe Education site.

Is there a limit to the number of videos I can submit?

The challenge submission is limited to one video per student, but we encourage you to create as many videos as you’d like to share with your friends and family!

Who is Adobe in a Box meant for?

This series is for learners of all ages! Whether you’re just starting middle school, in college, or a lifelong learner, you can tailor this project to match your skills. If you’re an advanced video creator looking for a challenge, consider using Adobe Premiere Pro or Adobe After Effects.


If you are interested in this contest and the eligibility criteria matches, you can register for this event by clicking the Register button.

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Eligibility: 13+
Prize: Mobile video production kit
Prize: 1:1 coaching session

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