In class recently we have been learning about how to make a good tutorial. The first thing we did was watch three to five tutorials about anything, and reflect on them in our tutorial research sheet. We had to answer three main questions about each tutorial: What helped you in the tutorial?, What did the creator do well? Why was it good?, and What was hard to understand? Why wasn’t it helpful? After we reflected and chose which tutorial was our favorite, we had to write a blog post reflection about it.
The next thing we did was look at two people’s tutorial blog posts from 6A or 6C and write a comment about it. We had to answer three questions in the comment, that were similar to the ones we had to answer about our own. They were: What could you learn from this tutorial? Why?, What makes it a good tutorial? Why?, and What would be difficult to learn from this tutorial? Why? I commented on Aruna’s blog, and Mihaela’s blog. By watching those tutorials (and my own), I learned all the different ways to make a good tutorial, and how to use them.
The last thing we did was make a mini tutorial on Google Presentations about something we know how to do on the computer. I decided to make my tutorial about making a custom header on pages, because that’s how I made the one on my blog. We had to include one step per slide, a specific screen shot for each step, and clear and simple directions for each step. Ms Cofino also taught us how to use the drawing tool to make arrows and circle things.
The differences between my mini tutorial and the tutorial I chose to put on my blog are that mine is in Google Presentations and the other one is a video, and they’re about completely different subjects. Our class also made a table about the different things that make great tutorials. I think that if I use everything I’ve learned about tutorials so far, I’ll be able to make a great one.