Technology isn’t easy for everyone, and learning to use new web tools or apps can be difficult if you’re left to struggle on your own. I remember how confused I was back in 2011 when someone tried explaining Google docs to me – just show me and I’ll get it, I thought to myself. I know I am a visual learner, and I read somewhere that approximately 65 percent of our student population is made up of visual learners. As a teacher, I know that one good visual aid can dramatically increase a student’s learning. That old saying, “a pictures is worth a thousand words” means everything to we visual types!
So when I started having my Library Science students make video tutorials, it was as much for me as it was for them. All my students learned something new, and we had the short clips to introduce new web tools to classes in the Learning Commons.
Advantages of student video tutorials include:
- Peer teaching engages students.
- Our students are mastering 21-century skills.
- The Library Science students learn a concept better by having to explain it in a tutorial, and this makes them great teaching assistants when classes come in!
- Teachers can use our tutorials in their rooms, or they can add them to their websites for students to access from home.
- Teachers can preview the tutorials before they work with their students.
So… here are a few video tutorials my students have made. Some are better than others, but we learned something from each one. Slowly we are building our own JHSS Video Tutorial Database, and that’s proving to be a very useful resource. Yup, another work in progress – I feel like I say that a lot lately 😀