In Technology class, we have been planning and making our own tutorials. We are nearly at the end of this unit and we are finishing our “Create” category out of the four categories we need to complete. My reflection of my own tutorial is the last thing I need to do to complete and finish this stage.
After we made our tutorial, we were asked to watch other student tutorials in our grade. When we finished watching their tutorial, we had to give comments and opinions by answering these questions.
- What makes this a good tutorial? Why?
- What did you learn by watching their tutorial?
- What criteria does this tutorial meet?
I chose tutorials made by Alex Y.P and Justin C. You can visit their blogs via the following links. I thought both of these subjects were interesting to watch and also to use.
When I watched Justin’s and Alex’s tutorials, I learned to screen record for free, and also how to make a realistic house in Google Sketch Up 8. I thought these things are quite helpful, because I like to make installation tutorials, and I think using quicktime player is very useful. Not only that, I think Google Sketch Up would be helpful for class projects, for example for Humanities and other classes.
During the process of making my own tutorial, I learned a lot of different and interesting things. The most obvious point I learned was how important it was to organize exactly what I wanted to explain in the time allowed. It is easier to talk about preparation but doing it for real was less easy! Looking at it afterwards, I was concerned that the information I was giving was not really for beginners or related to my title. The biggest thing I learned was that I should have rehearsed more!
I am not really happy with my tutorial as I think I should have made one that had a more simple subject. It may have been easier to have just introduced the Koto to people instead of speaking about dynamics. I could have explained about the history of Koto, the wood used, the strings and how to pluck them with Tsume.
In the tutorial I made, I did not explain the topic very well because I should have shown how to read the notes instead of showing what the notes looked like. Other things I did not like were the location and lighting that I chose. I should have had a brighter place which showed up the koto more. The ending was also quite sudden. However, I thought my voice was loud and clear and I stayed at one tempo.
I think my tutorial would pass the following criteria: Sound quality, Language, Volume and Pacing. I think I did a good job at these things, but now realize that I need to improve others parts to fit other criteria.
To create a better tutorial, I would change my camera angle, location and lighting. I think I also need to take more time with planning what I want to say to the audience. Cropping my videos better and adding music next time is also something I should spend more time thinking about.
If you would like to watch my tutorial, please scroll down two posts, and you will find a post titled “Watch my tutorial!!!!”. I hope you enjoy and please comment on what I should improve next time.