January 23

Tutorial Investigation Reflection

For our technology class is these weeks we had been working on the investigation stage of the tutorial unit.  We researched and analyzed some tutorials  and we also made on our own for practice. Here’s the google presentation tutorial that I made: And here’s my  favorite minecraft video tutorial: I think the similarities about those two videos is that first of all, both of them are trying to teach you something for example the one I made is teaching you how to make a podcast using garage band and my favorite one is to teach you how to make an infinite iron golem farm n minecraft. And second, I think they both have a looooooooot of good features like my favorite one the speaker He speaks loud and clear with good quality of recording. He showed an example of a finished working iron golem farm at the very beginning of the video. For the good things that is in the one that I made is a lot as well. For example like I showed how to make a podcast step by step with very detail; very clear and easy understandable; lots of screen shots for specific examples in each step. They also both have bed features like in mine tutorial I didn’t show an examples of a finished podcast. In the minecraft tutorial he said many “um”s which makes him a  unprofessional person in minecraft. One more thing I think is the same for both of the tutorials is that they all gave you some suggestion or tips or notes for you when you’re trying to do it. For example mine tutorial said that you to practice really well so that you can record it in one take, without so many complicated editing. And in the minecraft tutorial it said you should remember to leave a two -by – two holes in the center of the spawning platform perfectly alined with the selecting hole underneath it.

I think there’s also plenty of things that they are NOT in common but different. For example, as an tutorial creator, I personally like to make a video tutorial instead of a google presentation tutorial. Because in a video, you can talk and explain about stuffs, MEANWHILE, you also can show examples for all the time. Really different from the video, the google presentation type dose not allow you to do that. You have to type each step and then take some screen shots or whatever you want to show examples. Also I think in the miencraft tutorial it edited the speed of the video like fast forward skip. Unlike that in my google presentation tutorial I edited on the image, screen shots like adding circles and arrows to mark the important or the key part on the screen shots, to make it obvious.

For me if I want to make a tutorial using the knowledge that I already know, it’s going to be really really hard because I OK with the skill of teaching but I need to learn more and about video editing and confident language speaking. Video editing is a big thing and I’m not really good at it that’s why I joyed the tech team to learn something and I did. I think I still need to learn about how to fast forward and skip; how to do voice over and make back ground music; how to add links or texts in the video; , all using I movie. Confident language speaking first requires a script that has good grammar, understandable, and easy to said and pronounce. And THAT need a good English language ability which I’m still working since I’m still in EAL.

Research is a very very important part of investigation things. So in our technology class we made a research sheet for every one so that we can learn more and more about tutorials and how to make a good tutorial. Here’s my research sheet.


We also watched some other people’s favorite and leave comments here’s some examples:

Athul’s blog. I learnt that the soft background music in the video is really good. It’s really good because it makes the video very enjoyable. Like Athul mentioned in the description, the person’s voice was slow and clear with good projection. That’s really good because it makes the video more understandable. The angel of the video shooting was really good. It’s good because it sometime shows you examples of what you should do. He warned you what not to do. It’s very good because you won’t have to experience it the hard way.

Kenryo‘s blog. I really like this magic trick tutorial. I learnt that his cut editing technique was really good. It’s good because it makes the video more interesting and enjoyable. Like he is sitting here right now and in the very next second, he went out from the left of the video. He briefly explained about what he will be teaching in this video. It’s really good and important because makes the viewer easy to make their decision whether if they watch interested in thins. And I also like the way he talks, it’s really interesting. That’s good because it can attracts the viewer’s attention.

Charlie’s blog. For his blog, I learnt that he editing in the video is really good. First, the sound ducking technique was really good and interesting. Like sometimes there is that cool music but not when the person is speaking. That good because it makes the video very enjoyable. Second, I like the way that there’s a person on the side explaining about the video and there’s a TV on the other side which show examples of what he was explaining. It’s really good because it makes the video very interesting and attracts people. And, third, I really like how they the video inside the TV in the video. Like pause the video inside the TY and add some key- words. That very good because it helps you to understand and memorize the key parts. I also really like the end part where the person review all the things that we learnt in this video. It’s helpful and good because it help you the remember what you learned from this video.

During this investigation stage of our tutorial unit, I learnt a lot of stuff. For example, tutorials does not have to be video type, it can also be a google document type like mine or any type you that you would like to make. Also good editing skills are needed and you can have some good background musics and maybe even indestructible video if you want to make a good tutorial. Also, I get some pretty good inspirations during this stage when I watch the videos on the research sheet and the tutorials on my friend’s blog. Like magic tricks or basketball skills. And a lot more in the this document that we made. I’m going to make sure that I use and apply all those good features into my tutorial by always checking the the tutorial criteria and keep that in my mind that we made. It’s really important to set goals and reminder to always remind your self what is good and what’s not. I learnt and studied a lot of things, you can see them by all the works that I showed you. I think we can only do things well if  grasped the basis.


Posted January 23, 2014 by 20zhangs in category Technology

1 thoughts on “Tutorial Investigation Reflection

  1. Kim Cofino

    Superstar! You have learned so much from watching so many tutorials, and from the experience of creating your own! Even though you still have lots of things to learn about iMovie, I think you are going to do a fabulous job on your finished tutorial! We have plenty of time to practice, and you can write a script so you feel confident in your English too. Well done ShaoLun!


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