Easily create & share video tutorials for students

I currently teach a class that has 5 different sections in one class period. It is not possible to use direct instruction for all 5 levels in one class period, and adequately interact, help, and assess my students.  I have solved this problem by creating video tutorials using screen-cast-o-matic.  I then upload the videos to YouTube and group them in a playlist. This makes it easy for the students to find the videos. You can add detailed instructions using Google docs or slides. To learn how to make a playlist in YouTube, click here. 

The videos embedded below are an example of how I created screencast tutorials for my advanced web design students. I organized them all into a playlist for the students so they could easily reference older videos.

Click to see the written portion of this assignment. Each video is linked in this Google doc as well and shared with my students using Google Classroom.

Curate Course Resources in Google Classroom

I love that I can easily share and post assignments in Google Classroom; however, I was wanting an organized place to post my resources for each unit. This is now possible under the About tab in Google Classroom.

Kelly Bratcher, Google Classroom About tab

The only downfall so far is that you can’t easily rearrange the attachments. To put them in a certain order, they need to be added in that order.  This is a nice way to keep resources posted for your students so they can find them easily.

For more information, click here

Technology, Differentiation, & Tiered Learning

My Business Law class did a wonderful job in their exploration of the criminal trial procedure. They collaborated in researching, creating, & sharing information about the criminal trial procedure.  Here is a sample of their shared google slides where they each contributed their resources and ideas to each slide.

Kelly Bratcher, Business Law trial procedure

Students were allowed to pick their group based on their learning style.  The groups were organized as follows.

  1. Auditory Learners: Find Real World Examples in YouTube. Save them in a playlist in order. Add your examples to our shared Google slides.
  2. Visual Learners: Create Sketchnotes of the trial Procedure using Paper by52 app on your Ipad or a free online sketchpad. Combine your sketches in our shared  Google slides.
  3. Kinesthetic Learners: Use a green screen app to video record real examples of the trial procedure. Publish the videos to YouTube & embed on our shared Google slides.
  4. Reading/Writing Learners: Research the parts of the trial procedure, looking for real world examples & descriptions. Place a summary of your findings on the shared google slides.

This lesson also included a flipped aspect. Students watched a video and answered questions in Zaption first.

It was differentiated by product as each student created a different product including, videos, illustrations, and reenactments. The lesson was tiered by learning style. Students grouped themselves based on their preferred learning style. It was rich with technology as well. We used a green screen app, Google slides, YouTube, search tools, and Paper by 53, a sketching app. Engagement in this lesson was at a high level and students seemed to really enjoy the process.

Click to view the detailed lesson plan.

Creating Visuals for the Classroom

Good visuals can help differentiate learning and help simplify information for those that struggle with organization. A great tool to use for this purpose is CANVA.

Pros to using Canva

  1. It is free
  2. You can upload your own images.
  3. Includes professional looking templates
  4. Includes design tutorials

How Can this be Used in the Classroom?

  • Design business cards to introduce yourself to your class.
  • Design appealing logos for your classroom social media accounts.
  • Create collages of classroom experiences to share with parents and the community.
  • Design posters and invitations to promote extra-curricular events.
  • Create graphics designed to introduce a topic.
  • Create visual discussion-starters or writing prompts.
  • Create images designed to explain a process or explain a concept.
  • Create book covers and graphics for ePortfolios or Student Binders.
  • Create infographics based on data collected around a topic.
  • Create posters that promote a positive shared classroom culture.

For additional tools beyond Canva, try this website. 

Copyright & Digital Citizenship

It is easy to google a picture and use it on your classroom site or in a slide show. However, you could be violating copyright laws. It is important to model for our students what a good digital citizen looks like. Below you will find helpful resources on ways to obtain images that are licensed for reuse.


Using Pinterest to Curate Content for the Classroom

Pinterest is an online board that allows you to pin and save ideas for future use into an online board.

Benefits of Pinterest

  • curate ideas
  •  find content that is useful or inspirational
  • follow educators Boards that are useful to you
  • Re-pin their ideas to your own board

Suggested Uses

  • Find, Pin and Share Classroom Design Resources
  • Find, Pin and Share Lesson Plan Ideas
  • Find, Pin and Share Inspiration for Teachers
  • Find, Pin and Share Great Articles and Blogs About Teaching
  • Find, Pin and Share Great Examples of your Content in the World
  • Find, Pin and Share Great Writing about Your Content
  • Find, Pin and Share Resources for Specific Lessons and Units
  • Find, Pin and Share Content that will Engage Students and Parents
  • Pin and Share Examples of the Learning that Goes on in Your Classroom
  • Find, Pin and Share Brainteasers, Writing Prompts, Brain Breaks, Ice Breakers, and Effective Teaching Strategies

Other Tools for Content Curation