Embracing the iPad: Technology in Mentoring and Why You Need to Get Over Your Fear of This Deeply Engaging and Massively Useful Tool, Part 3: Video Tutorials

Video Tutorials and Learning by Teaching 

You never truly learn a thing until you have to teach it, and app developers have come up with some real treasures to help your students do just that. 

Powerful apps like Keynote, Explain Everything, and Educreations are all visual lesson platforms that allow the user to upload videos and pictures. Then, you can draw on top of them (think NFL replays), record audio, and compress it all into a video that can easily be shared via email, YouTube, Vine, Vimeo, Facebook, whatever. 

This is key for visual and kinesthetic learners and expressers (expressors?), for whom gesture, body language, and bodily involvement in a task are vital for full understanding.

To see how this type of learn-by-teaching app works, check out this video by hcsedtech.

Somehow, drawing arrows to and around things lends a magical solidity to ideas previously elusive. 

I use video tutorials to assess whether concepts are sticking. I teach it to my mentees, then they teach it to someone else using a video tutorial. 

The rough draft of this video lesson platform is usually when the learning crystallizes, as the students are forced to frame the information in a way they can communicate to someone else. The final, then, is usually awesome. When a student who needs upwards of 70-80% kinesthetic learning can get up, move around, act it out, show someone else, build something, or what have you, she’ll be able to express her genius. 

 In a sense, then, video lessons are a useful assessment, as well as teaching tool for everything from foundations to full-blown content. In this medium, it quickly becomes clear if the student doesn’t understand, so you can pinpoint exactly where the gaps are. 

 This especially works with kids who have dyslexia, because it’s like a big free response, and even if they don’t present the exact right words, they can demonstrate, through their strengths of creativity and big picture thinking, that they’ve mastered the material.

I’ll post a video tutorial one of my students made to more fully illustrate my point. 

So, that’s it for this one. Help your students learn by teaching with some of the super user-friendly apps out there. My favorites are Educreations, Keynote, and ExplainEverything. 

 Next up on the iPadnIn Mentoring series: the wonders of FaceTime and and the advent of videoconferencing, MOOCs, and other web-based interactions. 

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