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Watch and learn

Become a virtual expert by learning a new skill from an online tutorial and presenting it to your friends.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Scrap paper
  • Devices with access to the internet
  • Large piece of cardboard or flipchart paper to create a video 'frame'

Before you begin

  • The activity involves everyone working in pairs to research and learn a new skill online and then presenting it, as though they were on screen presenting a ‘how to’ programme or video.
  • The person leading the activity should make a cardboard or paper frame to represent the screen for the performance aspect. Either stick pieces of card or paper together to create the frame or cut the frame from a piece of A1 flipchart paper. An old picture frame would also work well.
  • Read our guidance on how everyone can stay safe online while researching their new skill.
  • Check out Play our game for another way to share your skills.

Watch and learn

  1. The person leading the activity should ask each pair to watch a short skill video, and decide on a skill in advance so equipment can be prepared for the activity.
  1. Each pair should watch the videos as many times as they need to and then imagine how they’d make their own video to show to their friends.
  1. The person leading the activity should ask each pair to create a short 30 to 60 second tutorial to show to the rest of the group. Pairs should remember to greet their ‘viewers’ and explain what they’ll be showing them. Helpers can encourage the pairs to remember the key points of the tutorial.

Share and learn

  1. One pair should hold the video ‘frame’ while another pair stand behind it and present their new skill to the rest of the group.
  1. After each presentation, the rest of the group can congratulate the presenters and ask questions if they need more information. Can the presenters answer the questions, or do they need to check back with the original video?

Reflection

This activity everyone had to try and learn a new skill from an online tutorial and then teach it to others. Congratulate everyone again on their new skills and presentations. Will anyone try out their new skill at home or teach it to someone else? What does everyone think are the pros and cons of learning from a tutorial? For example, you don’t need a teacher and you can watch the video over and over or stop it where you need to. On the other hand, you can’t ask questions and sometimes it’s hard to see properly. Learning something online is a step towards being independent and perhaps starting a new hobby. Remind everyone that they should always check with an adult before watching a tutorial or video online.

Safety

Online safety

Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.

For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.

As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.