A few weeks ago I was trying to fold a sun shade that I had purchased to take to the beach. It’s one of those new foldable shades where you perform a few “simple” moves and it folds into a small circle. No matter how I tried, however, the shade would not fold correctly. For help, I turned where many of us go these days: the Internet. After performing a few simple Google searches, I found a tutorial that described how to fold the shade correctly.
The Internet is becoming the source for these “just in time” learning endeavors. Whether we’re trying to learn how to use a piece of software, solve a mathematical problem or remove the dash from a 2004 Saturn VUE (another problem I faced recently…), we find the solutions online in the form of tutorials that others have written to help us.
Tildee is a new service where people can write and access learning tutorials on a variety of topics. The unique part of Tildee is that it coordinates text-based directions, screenshots and video into a multimedia learning experience. Presenting tutorials in this way taps into the variety of different learning avenues that can help people master techniques. Tildee is a great resource for educators who are trying to learn some new software or for students who are struggling with some content. Writing a tutorial on Tildee would also be a great culminating activity for students as they finish up a unit. A teacher could assign students to write tutorials to demonstrate how to solve a combination circuit in a physics class or to explain the economical implications of raising the debt ceiling. Since the tutorials would be shared through Tildee, the students would be authoring new content that would be shared with the world.
I often talk to teachers about integrating technology into their classrooms to support and assess student learning. One of the concerns that people express is the amount of time that needs to be dedicated to teaching students how to master whatever application is being used. With sites like Tildee, an educator can provide resources to help students learn how to use a software application without taking away valuable class time.
To learn how to use Tildee to create your own tutorials, be sure to watch this short video: