Student Created Tutorials

I was looking over some old lessons from my high school government class and came across some “stuff”.  I’ll be posting this “stuff” today and tomorrow.

downloadTo begin the parade is this list of resources that I used to get my students to create 3 minute video tutorials as their final summative grade for the semester.  Students were to choose any topic, whether we covered it or not, related to government.  If that topic (federalism, for example) had 3 good videos already created then the topic was off limits.

My intention was to create a library of video tutorials that students could rate, publish and access for ever and ever.

I left the classroom two years later 😦 to enter the world of instructional technology so that monolithic library of videos never got to grow.

The instruction and rubric

3_Minute_Government_Tutorial_Video Instructions


This high school assignment was modified over a couple years.  I now use it as the final test grade for my college level Texas Government class.



Sound Effects

Screen Cast O Matic

Raw Short – Presentations

Moovly – Create Animated Videos

Go Animate – Animated Videos

Microsoft Paint – Create stop motion videos

Show Me App

Educreations App

Explain Everything App

TouchCast App

Blabberize makes pictures talk


I got the idea from an awesome teacher (Matt Easley @MattEasley on Twitter) from this…

Some of my kids ended up doing something a little different.  It was a court case… but less of a tutorial.  They put so much work into it that I let them just run with it.  We ended up entering this video into a contest with a school in New Jersey.

About Thrasymachus

2013 Northwest ISD teacher of the year, Humanities Texas 2012 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, and 2011 Outstanding Educator of North Texas Award (North Central Texas College). I'm currently a Regional Digital Learning Consultant with the Education Service Center Region 11 in Ft. Worth, Texas and a college government educator who incorporates philosophy, technology & humor. A student through and through, I walk with my students in their learning. Most importantly, I'm blessed with the 3 most perfect kids eva! I love on them ery day!!!
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