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Grade 6 Technology

Storyboard Time!

Our next step is to design storyboards for our tutorials before we actually create them. Here are some examples of storyboards, compared with the final movie, to give you an idea of how important storyboards are.

And one more.

After watching, discuss (or leave a comment below):

  • What did you notice about the storyboards when compared with the finished film?
  • Why do you think it’s important to create a storyboard?

To start properly planning for your Teachers of the Future Tutorial, you will need to storyaboard your video first. You will use the storyboard template to plan out your finished product, just like the examples from Hollywood above!

Remember: your goal is to make your tutorial video unique! How can you make your video different than the ones that already exist online? We’ve already watched a few creative examples in class like this one, and this one, and this awesome one about carrot cake pancakes today! How is your tutorial going to be special and different?

To get started:

  1. In each box, draw a picture of the beginning of each clip (a clip is the video that you take from the moment you press record until the moment you press stop).
  2. Don’t forget to include a title and credits at the beginning and end of your storyboard.
  3. You might even want to use title clips throughout your tutorial to help organize your work.
  4. Once you have all of your clips, and all of your titles drawn in the boxes, you can start adding the details in the outline section below. Make sure to make notes for every box (even if you choose to add “none” – this shows that you have thought about each step).

You may use as many storyboard template pages as you need. You may use paper copies, or you can design your storyboard on the computer using Google Docs.

Don’t forget to use the Storyboard Tutorial Checklist to make sure you completed all of the steps!

This storyboard will be very important as you begin to create your tutorial. It will help give you guidance on what to do, how to film and how to make sure your work is complete by the due date. Take your time and make sure it’s thorough!

Here’s an example from two years ago to inspire you:

And the finished video:

And a storyboard from last year:

And the final video:

And if you want to see even more, here is Kiyoka’s storyboard and final video, and Elena’s storyboard and final video.

To earn a 7 – 8:

  • You included one (or more) very thorough, detailed and organized storyboard(s).
  • Your storyboard(s) reflect all of the criteria for good tutorial design.

Storyboard Due Dates:

  • Tuesday 28 April

Sub Plans: Completing Your Inquiring & Analyzing Reflection

We’re already almost finished with the Inquiring and Analyzing stage of the Design Cycle! Our last task is to finish up the reflection blog post.

Here’s what you need to do

You will see written instructions below, but here is a video tutorial to show you how to do everything:

Step 1:

On your blog, include a reflection describing what you have learned during this part of the project:

  • Why should we make tutorials? What problem do tutorials solve?
  • Think about all the tutorials you watched so far (during the Tutorial Research, the ones we’ve seen in class, and the ones you watched on other students blogs), what were the key learnings for you about designing tutorials?
  • Based on your research, what ideas do you have for your own tutorial?

Note: you should have already answered these questions for homework using the reflection template. So, now all you need to do is copy and paste the answers (without the questions) into your blog post.

Step 2:

Once you finish answering the questions, make sure you:

  • Embed your (public) Tutorial Research document.
  • Link to your “My Favorite Tutorial” blog post.
  • Link to each student’s blog post (not their main blog site) that you commented on in the Analyze step above.
  • Embed your practice tutorial into your blog.

If you can’t remember how to embed your Tutorial Research document, here are the steps:

  1. Open your Tutorial Research
  2. Go to File >> Publish to the web
  3. Click on “start publishing”
  4. When the dialog box pops up, click “ok”
  5. Copy the embed code
  6. Paste into the Text tab (used to be called HTML) on your blog post
  7. Within the Embed code, add height=”600″ width =”550″ after embedded=true so it looks like this:

<iframe src=”” height=”600″ width =”550″ ></iframe>

If you can’t remember how to embed your practice tutorial onto your blog, here are the steps:

  1. Open your Practice Tutorial
  2. Go to File >> Publish to the web
  3. Click embed
  4. Choose small size (480×299)
  5. Click Publish
  6. When the dialog box pops up, click “ok”
  7. Copy the embed code
  8. Paste into the Text tab (used to be called HTML) on your blog post – you don’t need to change the size

Step 3:

Self-assess your work on the Inquiring and Analyzing using the TSC (make a copy and put in your 6B Design folder). Make sure to highlight where you think you fit and leave a student comment.

Here’s how to earn a 7 – 8:

  • You have included a complex and detailed reflection.
  • You have included many excellent details and specifics relating to your project.
  • Your reflection includes all of the required embedded features plus extra visuals to support your points.

Due Dates:

  • Tuesday 21 April

Step 4 (only if you have time):

You will see written instructions below, but here is a video to show you what to do:

If you finish all of this, and there’s still time in class, you can start exploring with iMovie! Before you start, complete this pre-assessment. Then, spend some time exploring with iMovie – see how much you can learn in the time you have left! You will work in small groups (already created) and as a group, you can document your learning, and you questions, here.

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