Grade 6 Technology

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Grade 6 Technology

6C: Thursday 17 April: Steps to Complete Your Tutorial

As we discussed last week, you will have a sub for technology today. You are all such superstars, I know you will be very productive and make the most of your class time. Here is the plan:

Step 1: Complete Your Tutorial

I think most of you will finish this today, but some of you will need the whole lesson. Make sure your tutorial meets our class criteria as you finish up. It’s always good to watch it one or two times all the way through to catch little mistakes here and there, and to make sure you have met all of our class criteria.

Make sure you also think about:

  • Creativity: Have you presented your idea in a creative way? Do you “hook” your audience with an interesting intro or style to your tutorial like the examples we watched?
  • Your titles: Have you used the same background, font and style for each title for a professional look?
  • The audio: When you’re speaking, is it easy to hear your voice? Do you need to adjust the volume or re-record?
  • Your music: Does the music match the theme? Is it Creative Commons? Can you hear everything you need to hear? Is the music too loud or too quiet?
  • Your credits: Have you remembered to list all of your sources, including pictures, music, and help from anyone who may have helped you?

Once you think you are completely and totally finished with your video (which technically is not due until next lesson, 24 April), you may move on to step 2.

Step 2: Self & Peer Assessment

During this step, you will work with a partner to really make sure that your tutorial has met all of our class criteria and that it is the absolute best it can be before you turn it in. So, find a partner that you can work productively with (your sub has a list of pairs who may not make the best partnerships) and get started.

  1. Open this document.
  2. Make a copy and save it as YourName 6C Self & Peer Assessment.
  3. Watch your tutorial one more time and fill in the “Self” column with a “y” or “n” depending on if you think you met the criteria or not.
  4. Complete the two reflection questions at the end to see what you can do to improve.
  5. Swap computers with your partner.
  6. Your partner writes their name on your Self & Peer Assessment document where it says “Peer Assessment Completed By”.
  7. Your partner watches your tutorial and fills in the “Peer” column (peer means partner).
  8. Your partner fills in the two reflection questions at the bottom.
  9. While your partner is doing all of this for you, you are doing the same for them.
  10. Discuss your results with your partner.

Once you have completed this step and have a good idea of what you still need to do to improve your tutorial, move on to step 3.

Step 3: Finishing Touches

Based on your self assessment and the feedback from your partner, improve your tutorial. You can ask for help from anyone in the room as long as you’re polite when you interrupt because everyone is busy working, right?

When you feel like your tutorial is absolutely the best it could ever be normally we would upload to YouTube, but I would like to watch them all at least one time, so if I haven’t watched it yet, please move on to Step 4.

Step 4:  Start Your Reflection

On your blog, take some time to reflect on the process of creating your tutorial. Follow the Visible Thinking Routine: Connect, Extend, Challenge by answering the questions below.

Make sure you also explain what makes you say that for each question.

  • How does your tutorial (and the process of creating your tutorial) connect (relate) to the criteria we developed as a class?
  • What new ideas did you get that extended or pushed your thinking in new ways? (This may also included the 2-3 tutorials you watched for homework).
  • What is still challenging for you? What puzzles or questions do you still have?

Make sure you include an introduction and conclusion too!

If you finish this too, you are an amazing rockstar and you can work on anything else you need to work on for other subjects, as long as you don’t disturb anyone else in class.

Homework

Your tutorial needs to be completely finished by the beginning of next class. Whatever you need to do to make that happen is your homework for this week (see this blog post for directions). If your tutorial is completely finished, you have no homework!

 

Completing Your Tutorial

Well done, Grade 6! We are now in the final stages of our Teachers of the Future project! This week in class we’ve had a conversation about your tutorial in it’s current state, and I’ve given you some advice for improving the work. Over the next week, your task is to complete your tutorial.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Use the tutorial criteria (6A, 6B, 6C) to make sure that your tutorial is the best it can be!
  • Edit all of the video you took last week – making use of voice overs, transitions, fast or slow motion, and background music as needed.
  • Add an introductory clip and a credits clip.

Remember, an excellent tutorial:

  • is easily understandable by anyone (even someone who does not know your topic – who knows who might watch your video someday?!)
  • uses unique and creative techniques to create a theme that runs consistently throughout the movie.
  • has appropriate music to fit the theme.
  • has clear transitions between scenes (think about which order you put your clips in and how you use titles).

To earn a 5 – 6, make sure:

  • You have created an exceptionally professional looking tutorial.
  • Your tutorial demonstrates all of the criteria for excellent tutorial design on our class list.
  • Your tutorial may include at least one of the extra criteria.

Due Dates

  • 6A: 25 April
  • 6B: 22 April
  • 6C: 24 April
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