Pathways High
336 W. Walnut St
Milwaukee, WI 53212
414.943.2891
www.pathwayshigh.org
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IN JUST THREE EASY STEPS: TECHNICAL WRITING FOR ONLINE TUTORIALS

DESCRIPTION

Fix your sink with Ramen noodles! Can’t dunk? Here’s how! Turn that ripped pair of jeans into a new purse! Cake decorating 101! You can learn almost anything online through quick 5-minute videos by Tasty or Creative Hacks. But does it work? We will put it to the test in the first half of the seminar. Through analyzing and running real tests of online tutorial videos, we will determine the successes and failures to apply to our own online manual and tutorial. The second half of the seminar, you will be teaching an audience a skill or creation by first writing a technical manual and then filming the process in the style of those we have analyzed. Get ready to get messy while you fail, succeed, and share your talent with the community. Your final projects will be published online so others can learn from you. The subject of the tutorial will be all your own, with support from professionals, so don’t be afraid to choose something you haven’t perfected yet. Fixing a flat bike tire. Jumping rope. Doing hair. The opportunities are endless.

 

What will you teach us?

How are instructions made clear or unclear by videos and written manuals, and what is the effect of technical conventions on the outcome or final product? 

The process starts by deciding what product or fix you will offer the audience. Then write the instruction manual, using the techniques that best display the steps of creating the product. After, you will create a brief (2-3 minute) video of tutorial. Both the video and the manual will be posted to an online forum and will be tested by your classmates.

fINAL pROJECT OPTIONS 

Product Tutorial: Recipe, Craft, Quick-fix

Write the manual and create a tutorial video that teaches an audience how to create, fix, or perfect a product. This could be an amplified, more successful version of a tutorial explored in class or an original product. With this option, the audience physically creates something. Ideas: nail or hair art, pottery, food.

Skill Based Tutorial: Student selected skill

Write the manual and create a tutorial video that teaches an audience how to complete a skill. This could be an amplified, more successful version of a tutorial explored in class or an original skill. With this option, the audience builds confidence or a new direction in a skill. Ideas: Dunking a basketball, multiplying binomials, meditating.

required standards

communication

arts

Text Analysis: Student Analyzes complex ideas and explain the interaction developed throughout the text.

communication

arts

Technical Writing: Can create examples of clear and easy to understand technical writing. Examples could be creating technical directions, technical writing in science, engineering, design, computer science or mathematics.

communication

arts

Digital Media and Technology Integration: Make and use digital media to create and enhance communication through formal public presentations.

future

readiness

Problem solving through Inquiry: Creating strong products through the process of inquiry, posing questions that arise from curiosity. The process includes posing of questions, research, focused exploration of ideas, gathering evidence of feedback from others, including peers.

DESIGN

THINKING

Technical Skill (Mastery Credit): Student can use specific tools and processes to create well-crafted artwork that is appropriate for the visual communication intended. Student can apply past knowledge and experience to new situations using technical skills learned.

optional standards

communication

arts

Script/Outline Writing: Write clear outlines for public speaking and/or planning a script for communication of any type.

communication

arts

Clear and Coherent Writing: Student writes clearly through organization and style.

communication

arts

Textural Evidence: Students cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of accurate/truthful information, bias in the text and  determine where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Outcomes

Eli, grade 10

technical manual

how to have proper stance and safely fire an arrow

amelia, grade 10

frannie, grade 11

technical manual

How to Animate Using two different Animation Apps

anisha, grade 10