Pressing play and pause over and over, I picked up each sticky step and tricky move in making a duct tape purse. I replayed parts that I didn't understand, and in no time at all, I finished my first creation. So that's how it went. Purse after purse, I relied on Ducttapecreations808's reliable guidance. My eventual success was a direct result of the upclose video, personal instruction, and ability to work at my own pace.
This whole experience got me thinking. Why don't we add the video tutorial to our list of 21st century genres to teach? One obvious possibility is to have students choose something they're good at or something they love and have them make a tutorial on it. This would replace the old "How to" presentation and raise it to a new level as students apply effective tutorial techniques (camera angles, introductions, conclusions, etc.) to make it stand out.
This idea is okay, but I think there's something even better. At the end of a unit, students could pick their one technique "take away" to focus on in a tutorial. They could show a before and after of their work and explain practical steps on how to incorporate the technique into the viewer's craft. Not only would this reinforce their learning, they would also be sharing it out in a much more meaningful way than answering a question on a reflection sheet that only their teacher or parents end up reading. Eventually, with a running list of tutorials, we can use them with students who are still struggling with concepts and techniques.
Maybe I'm an idealist, but who knows, teaching students how to make video tutorials could lead them to having their own YouTube channels with loads of reading and writing tutorials and hundreds of subscribers just like Ducttapecreations808.