Getting Organized: Completing Your Timeline Plan

Woohoo! We are almost ready to start creating our tutorials! Before we start, we need to get ourselves organized so that we can make the best use of the time we have.

Here’s what you need to do:

Use the Tutorial Timeline Plan to plan out the steps you will need to take to complete your tutorial (you might also want to use the “to do list” we brainstormed as a class). Make sure you include:

  • The priority of each task – which one has to get done first?
  • The name of each task
  • The description of each task
  • The deadline for each task

Keep in mind the deadlines for each stage of the create process:


Start Filming

Filming must be complete,
editing in class

Final Due Date
(end of class)


May 5

May 15

May 19

To earn a 7 – 8:

  • Your plan is well organized and detailed.
  • Your plan lists all of the steps needed to complete your tutorial.

Due Date:

  • Friday May 1st


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