Project: How-to Guides
1. What am I good at doing?
Think about all of the different skills you used when doing your investigation and analyzing your data. What could you help someone else do?
Take close-up photos of berries
Identify crab species
Throw the weed weasel wicked far
Make a graph....
2. What are my steps?
Write out the steps for how you do something (like writing a recipe).
1. Put your plant on a white or solid color background
2. Push the macro button on your camera - it usually looks like a flower
3. What kind of How-To Guide should I make?
Decide how you want to share your steps. Will you write them, speak them, tell a story, or show them with video or images? To help you decide, check out some examples:
Screen Capture Guides
Show the community how to make a cool project using the latest programs on your computer.
How students put their data on the website
Comic Life Guides
Use Comic Life to build a comic book series of How-To Guides.
How do I find things on the map?
4. Write it, draw it, film it!
5. Test it
This is really important. Before you post your Guide, make sure it is ready:
- When you read or watch your guide, are the steps clear?
- Test them! Ask a friend to follow the steps.
- Where does he or she get stuck? Why?
- Can you re-write steps, or add clarifying video or images?
- Edit, and test it one more time. No one likes confusing instructions.
5. Share it
You've made an awesome and helpful How-To Guide. Now you're ready to share it.
- Go to the Project Bank
- Select Post my project
- Upload your document or paste a link to your video
- Go to your My Vital Signs page to see your growing list of projects!