What are the requirements of a Bansho Lesson?

Bansho Educators create fun, engaging, and unique lessons! However, each lesson must meet these requirements to ensure quality and consistency!

Production Requirements:

  • Lessons should be oriented vertically (9:16 aspect ratio)
  • The video must have stable, steady filming from a stationary angle.
  • The video must be bright, clear, and well-lit 
  • The audio must be clear, consistent, and free from background noise.
  • Include a virtual or nice and neat background. (i.e., solid-colored wall, classroom bulletin board set-up)
  • Backgrounds, settings, and props should be used to enhance your lesson, not distract the learners.
  • Do not include any interactions, text, images within a .25 inch margin around all four sides of the video. Otherwise, they will be cut off in the mobile app because of the progress tracker, title, like, & share buttons.
  • Lessons should not violate any copyright laws via music, images, video, or audio.

Content Requirements:

  • Lessons will only be accepted on topics pre-approved by the Bansho Education Team.
  • Lessons should be no more than 5 minutes long. 
  • Includes an engaging and creative “hook” introduction that sets up the topic, followed by a clearly stated objective, within the first story lesson segment.
  • Add text, emojis and graphic pop-ups (images, gifs, animated stickers) throughout the story lesson to clarify certain points and provide extra entertainment. 
  • Several interactive questions/checks for understanding throughout the story lesson.
  • All lessons should be free of spelling and grammatical errors.
  • For lessons in English, U.S. or American English should be used (rather than U.K. English).
  • Use appropriate, grade-level vocabulary.
  • Skip introductions and jump into your lesson. 
  • We cannot see the child behind the screen; therefore, please be mindful of the following:
      • Disabilities (both visible and invisible)
      • Race
      • Gender Identity (avoid “Hey boys and girls!” introductions, use gender-neutral names and they/them instead of gendered pronouns when applicable- i.e., story problems in math )
      • Family Dynamics (i.e., instead of saying parents use adult or grown-up)

Before you get started, don't forget to view our Grade-Level Specific Requirements for creating Bansho Lessons!