Creating and using ‘self-led’ ICT units

After a suggestion from my colleague, I’m working on a kind of ‘self-led’ ICT unit for next half term. I say ‘self-led’ because it includes some ‘how to’ videos I’ve made using Camtasia that show the children what they need to do step-by-step. Of course, I don’t think a tutorial video can replace a teacher, but I can see some potential benefits in a typical ICT suite environment:

  • reduced whole class modelling at the start of the lesson
  • children can pause and replay at their own pace, which in theory should be a more personalised experience
  • a useful for tool for teachers who are less confident with the tools being used

In order to make access easy, I’ve bundled it all together in a Google Docs presentation. At this point, I would love people’s ideas and suggestions on this as I feel it’s something that could be developed further. It would be great to hear from people who have made and used the ‘how to’ video approach in some lessons: pitfalls, tips, hints – all feedback valuable.

Thanks in advance…


  • I think it’s a fab idea! Some children take longer to manipulate online tools, by giving them the tutorial the confident ones can self-direct while you support those whip need it. Absolutely Brilliant!

  • I’ve been doing this for about 6 years on different Moodle courses. Recently year 9 and 11 have been teaching themselves to add forms and image maps to their websites. Year 7 and 8 have been using videos from @mwclarkson to learn scratch. Leaves me to trouble shoot which is very important when pupils are stretching themselves. I’ve some videos for office that we use too . We try to get the pupils to SNOT

    But it takes time for them to get used to the idea.

  • For our newspaper project we get pupils to share stories in a forum. Suggesting improvements or even editing others work and then selecting enough to complete 4 sides for little extra effort.

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