YAY!!!! We are on our SECOND UNIT!!! And it really seams to be fun!!! High expectations!!! At the same time it is going extremely quick. I need to make sure that I am working in a same pace as other people!!! Anyways, we had finished the first part of our unit (Investigate) and now, I’m writing the reflection. (I haven’t written a blog entry for a long time so I’m not sure whether this blog entry is a good one or not)
So… What I want to write from now is about what we 6th graders have done through ‘Investigate’. First of all, we looked for 3~5 different tutorials in YouTube. Yes, all of them were professional looking. Then in the ‘Tutorial Research‘ we filled in the question boxes. You can see more detailed information in the link. Secondly, we chose our ‘best tutorial’ from the ‘Tutorial Research’. By the way, I chose the YouTube video called… ‘How to solve a Rubik’s Cube’ (Go to these links http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsQIoPyfQzM and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IW_BBp3FPMQ). He spoke loud, and also quite clearly. Adding to that, the topic of this video (the main idea of this video) made me interested. How about you? Didn’t you get really excited after looking this title, ‘How to solve a Rubik’s Cube’? But the music was TOO loud, don’t you think so? Thirdly, we commented on each other’s blog entries talking about the best tutorial. I commented on ‘Masaletics!!!‘ (Masaki’s blog), ‘Aiki’s Blog‘, and ‘Mitea’s Blog‘. Fourthly we made our own tutorial using Google Presentation. My tutorial is about how to add YouTube video in your blog entry. So… please be excited to see my practice tutorial, later in this entry.
As I said in the previous paragraph, I commented on ‘Masaletics!!!‘ (Masaki’s blog), ‘Aiki’s Blog’, and ‘Mitea’s Blog‘ and I REALLY learned a lot (literally!!!) from a general point and also a more complicated technical point. For ‘Masaletics’, I generally learned how to throw a screwball, for ‘Aiki’s Blog’, how to shoot soccer balls in a tight angle, and for ‘Mitea’s Blog’, how to draw person’s face realistically without using any special equipments. In a technical point, there were a lot of common elements that were shared between the three tutorials. First of all, the people who were explaining ‘how to do ~’ spoke loudly, clearly. Also they had different tone of voices, which made the video easy to be understood for us. Plus, they used different visual things to explain what they want to say. For example, for ‘How to Throw a Screwball’ from ‘Masaletics’, at the end, the speaker showed an example on of a screwball by actually throwing it.
Yeah… I learned a lot in only one section of this project. First of all, I learned what makes a successful tutorial during the Tutorial Research and the commenting on other people’s blog entries. Speaking loudly, clearly, body gestures, tone of voice, clear objectives of the video….. and more!!! While I was making the practice tutorial, I met some difficulties but at last, I made it through, and learned how to use Google Presentation. This includes inserting in pictures, arrows, changing themes, background color, and more!!! Also I really felt making tutorials enjoyable, which is a good thing. I’m really looking forwards and being excited to make a professional tutorial later on during this project.
BOOM!!! Here you are! This is my practice tutorial. How is it?! Good? Bad? Don’t forget to comment about that OK? Uh… I think it is quite good. The theme is quite interesting and the contrast of colors was good if you look from a close distance. I think this tutorial won’t be eye-catching from a far distance, so I might need to use more bright colors like red and orange. Comparing to that, in the video I chose (How to solve a Rubik’s Cube), the speaker didn’t really think of contrasts and colors, and only thought about telling detailed information. Also if I could, I want insert some voices in the tutorial. Sometimes, listening is more persuadable than reading. In the video, most the parts were speaking as you can see. So my next task would be figuring out how to insert in voice into a tutorial.
Yeah, that’s all I want to say. I think this would tell you a brief summary of what we are doing at our second project. Thank you. See you friends!!!