For this unit in tech class, we made a tutorial ourselves. Before we made the tutorial, we first went back to the class criteria and reviewed what makes a good tutorial. Then we started making our tutorials. Once we were done, we commented on other people’s tutorials. I made a tutorial about “How to Use Split Strategy.” I choose this because I like math and I thought that it would be easy because I know lot about using split strategy.
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Durning this unit, I learned a bit more about how to use iMovie. I have used iMovie a bit before, but only knew the basic tools. I learned most of the tools in the iMovie practice activity in class. This helped me a lot because without it, I couldn’t have created my tutorial. I also learned what makes a good tutorial. I learned this in class when we discussed the topic and created the class criteria. This helped a lot because I could think about it when I was creating my tutorial, which helped me make it better.
Overall, I think that I was a bit happy with my tutorial. I think that I worked hard and spent time on it – one night I stayed up really late working on it – and I feel like I did something useful with my time. I also think that it was good that I learned how to make a tutorial because in the future, I may have to make a video or something like that to be able to graduate or do well in a job. I am also not happy in some parts of my tutorial. I feel like I could improve on my grammar, and other language parts, but i think that I did better on the tech parts.
While creating the tutorial, I found it hard finding a good place to film where it was quiet so there are no background noises. I also found it hard thinking about witch class criteria my tutorial matches and editing/making my tutorial at the same time. I found that using iMovie was a bit hard at the beginning , but once I knew all the editing tools and knew how to use iMovie, it became really easy to use.
I think that my tutorial meets the criteria Actions from the class criteria because I explain my actions at the same time as I do them. I think that this helps because if it’s just the action, or just the explanation, the audience wouldn’t know what exactly to do. I also think that my tutorial had Clear Directions. I think that this is useful because without showing the audience what to do, clearly, some of the audience who have no idea about the topic will have trouble understanding.
I think that to make a better tutorial, I would need to learn how to use other editing software, not just iMovie, so that I can make better edits and other things. I also think that I should explore iMovie a bit more - especially the music trimming – to be able to make a better tutorial.
For the part that we commented on other people’s tutorials, I commented on Jack’s tutorial and Johan’s tutorial. From Jack’s tutorial, I learned about the safety rules in the dance studio and the gym. From Johan’s tutorial I learned how to post something on a blog – although I’m doing it now, it was helpful to review it again so I don’t forget.
In conclusion, I think that creating the tutorial was the most fun thing in the whole unit. I think that I want to create a tutorial sometime else just by myself, not in class. The one thing I didn’t like about this unit was that the reflection took quite a long time, although I know that some day in high school I will have to write an essay about three times longer than this.