I've been on a tutorial video production binge as of late - they say the first step is admitting you have a problem. Although, I am fairly certain this isn't a problem. It is remarkable how efficient YouTube is at sharing helpful videos or advice with a range of people at a myriad of different levels, classrooms, and sites.
After speaking with the principals, we have determined that the average of fifteen minutes invested in the recording, production, publication, and distribution of an online tutorial video is time well spent. Instead of meeting with dozens of individuals to provide one-on-one assistance, I am able to promote my videos as guides in a matter of minutes - once. They are always available. They are accessible from any device. And, here's the kicker, you can choose what, when, and where you want to watch them! In a way, it's flipping the professional development. The resources are provided for you to learn at your pace and on your time - an interesting concept...
If it's effective at the adult level, it will likely be effective at the child level. Our students have grown up with tablets in their hand and think nothing of jumping on YouTube to learn, be entertained, and to share. It's time to act a little more like our students. Let's all be consumers and producers of digital media!
Do it well - do it right - and good things will result.
I just discovered that, for reasons unknown to me because I totally know better, I have been misspelling "kindergarten" as "kindergarden" on this website. I am so embarrassed! Rest assured, I do know how to spell and the little red squiggle line now appears under the misspelling of that and other words.
What can we learn here?
Mistakes happen, and I know we learn the most from them. Gues who will be paying extra-close attention to the word kindergartner for the rest of my life? This guy. (Also, I just did it again, fix it, and learned that it's kindergartner not kindergartener... I'm a quick study).
Proofing is something we ask of our students. Authors, writers, and the media have folks proofing, editing, and producing their work. I need to show the same level of respect, responsibility, and care in my own work. It's more than spelling correctly - it's taking pride in a well-produced media contribution.
I appreciate when people point out the blips and errors in my work. As long as you are professional about it, I will heed that advice, edit my work, and learn from that mistake. This isn't a "your fly's down" acknowledgement (those are tricky, right). It's not even a "there's something in your teeth." This is spelling, grammar, and professionalism. With me, find a way to tactfully show me my errors. I will be ever-so grateful. Isn't that what we'd do for our students?
Live and learn!
Andrew G. Leiser