Technology tools have made it easier for all of us to feel like we are in two places at once. Teachers are creating tutorials for students to help them better understand content taught in class. This might be part of the flipped classroom model or used to help students completing homework assignments, who missed a day of school, or those who could benefit from replaying an explanation of a new concept.
You’ll first want to make sure that you have a plan for your tutorial. These video clips should be about 5-7 minutes long and focus on one specific topic. Make an outline with the key points you would like to cover and decide what will show on the screen in your video. You might narrate a deck of PowerPoint slides or record your screen as you navigate a web browser. An outline or script can help you make sure that you haven’t forgotten to mention any key points or ideas as you are recording.
A variety of mobile apps and computer tools exist for creating teacher tutorials. iPad, Android and Microsoft Surface users can try Explain Everything, an app that lets teachers create dynamic screencasts. With this app teachers can write on a virtual whiteboard, import images and videos, and make a video that is easily shared. Screencast-O-Matic allows recordings of what happens on a computer screen, allowing teachers to demonstrate how to find information on a website or to narrate keynote presentation.
Once you’ve made the tutorials, there are a few different ways to get it in students’ hands. You can upload videos to a YouTube channel or Vimeo account and send the link to students via email, QR code on an activity sheet, or a class blog. Another option is to share the videos as files (or links) through a learning management system like iTunes U or Edmodo.
For inspiration, search for your topic on YouTube or iTunes U to bring up videos and courses made by other educators. Supporting students inside and outside of the classroom is a challenging task. Creating your own tutorials will help your students connect to new topics and empower them to take ownership of their own learning!
Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.
Yes,so that people can get help in the classroom.