Grade 6 Technology

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Grade 6 Technology

Developing Your Design Specifications

We are now ready to start Criterion B: Developing Ideas!

Now that you have seen tons of tutorials (and there is one more in this post for you too!), it’s time to think about what makes an excellent tutorial. You need to identify at least 3 – 5 design specifications for your own tutorial that you want to make sure you include.

Here’s what you need to do:

Please make a copy of this document (and put it in your Design Folder) to record your individual design specifications. We will then use this list to create a survey for all the people that watch your tutorial to complete. This will help you identify if you met all your design specifications.

As you think about your design specifications, you may want to:

  • Look back at your Tutorial Research to see what the good tutorials included.
  • Review your Inquiring and Analyzing blog post to see remember what your key learnings were during that stage.
  • Watch some of your favorite tutorials to see what they do well.

Your own list should highlight the most important aspects of a good tutorial, in your opinion. Your design specifications should be as detailed as you can make them. You can include links to videos that demonstrate those design specifications or even screenshots from videos.

To earn a 7-8

Make sure:

  • You have included more than 3 design specifications.
  • All sections of your design specifications document are detailed and meaningful.

Due Dates

  • 6A: Wed 26 November
  • 6C: Fri 28 November

Another interesting tutorial

And here’s the tutorial I promised:

Although this one isn’t a straightforward tutorial, it has lots of interesting elements that we can apply to the design of our tutorials. As you watch this one, what do you notice?

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

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 tutorial design?
  • Based on your research, what ideas do you have for your own tutorial?

You may want to use the planning outline that we discussed in class to help with these questions.

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 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=”700″ width =”600″ 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

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:

  • 6A & 6C: Tuesday 18 November
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