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.
Andrew G. Leiser