Challenge for veteran and or new bloggers...

Monday, March 5, 2012
So I couldn't sleep last night for some crazy reason and at 2:21 I had an idea that I wanted to share...
Has anyone ever thought about videoing themselves creating a page or 2 from their units/packs they create and uploading it to YouTube as a tutorial?  There could even be a series on how to create the unit - do you use Word or printshop, backgrounds, borders, layering etc....You could do one on how to embed google docs correctly or scribd to your blog...  I mean think of the possibilities - the hits you would get and people would start pinning - oh my!  LOL  ( think: the small things blog and her hair tutorials  - pinterest exploded with those... )
Anyway I thought 2 things:  You could include your links to your blog/TPT store and get a lot more traffic that way --- also you could be helping out new bloggers that don't know how to do all that stuff.  I have had questions about it and I have had emails of brand new bloggers that have some questions and I've seen questions on other blogs in the comment area.  What do you guys think?!?  Am I crazy? Has it already been done and I'm late to the gate?  Is it a lame idea?  Would it take way too long to video?
It could help bring new customers to veteran bloggers and if you are just starting up and a pro at creating those cute units you could certainly gain some followers.
If you think this would work at all - post this on your blog and get some feedback could even use my button code.  I'm curious what people think.  If you could figure out a way to make it private and sell it I'm sure people would pay too...I see $$ dollar signs and more importantly - a way to be a mentor and help a fellow bloggy friend out.  Have a wonderful week and if this idea is totally lame -- I blame it on being sleep deprived. ;O) 


  1. Hi Vicky it is a great idea! I will run it by my tech crew (aka my oldest son) and see what he says. He would know if I can video tape it or not.

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  2. That is a good idea. There is a way to record screen shots that show what you are doing. Kristin at Ladybug Teacher Files is great at doing tutorials. Maybe she could give us a tutorial on recording ourselves! =)
    I don't do TPT because I like to share, but still would like to think of ways to make a little $$ off of my blog. Great late night idea!

    Kinder Kraziness

  3. I would love love love that. I have only been blogging since the end of December. I would love to start creating units and would really appreciate a little guidance. This is such a great idea.


  4. That is a great idea!! Today I had to get my school sts to help me change a document to a tif/jpg. I was very confused.. but it turned out to be super easy! I just needed someone to show me!

  5. I think you have a great idea! I have actually watched tutorials on various things like embedding code or creating a certain layer in photoshop, but I have never seen any videos or even heard about videos on how to put together good teaching resources. I think people could choose whether to include a video or...a snapshot tutorial. Personally, I prefer to use the snapshop tutorials for particular things because I can then go at my own pace. For putting together great teaching resources, I think a video is great. I think many topics such as

    how to promote and preview your work so it gets noticed,

    social-networking & blogging techniques,

    or what type of clip art is teacher firendly (like the 3AM Teacher's graphic collections...that's me...hehehe).

    I would def. be interested in how you are planning on going through this & would def. love to hop aboard the tutorial express wagon!!


    The 3AM Teacher

  6. I would love that too!! what a good idea!

  7. Seriously, I am trying to set this up. I've sent emails to TeachersNotebook and if I don't hear back from them, I am going to do it on my own and you can be part of it!


  8. Absolutely LOVE this idea. I am totally new to the blogging world (only started writing posts last week) and am in dire need of all and any tutorial. I just spent a ton of time yesterday trying to learn how to upload documents to my blog. Thanks to google I was able to do it after many site visits and reading. It would be great to have all of these resources in our blog world. I too have wondered many times how people make their units sooo cute. I want to start creating units but need the how to and what nots. Thanks for sharing and I am definitely looking forward to this :)


  9. Awesome idea!!! I'm looking forward to seeing what gets out there:)

  10. I think that is a great idea! I am one of the ones who asked you how you create yours! I really want to start creating my own units, but I have know idea how! LOVE LOVE! I'll definitely repost this to my blog.


  11. That's a great idea. I've been struggling with the formatting when putting so many pieces together...would love to know how the pros do it! :)
    Mrs. Castro's Class 2nd Grade...Spanglish Style

  12. Officially, I referenced this post in my post, because it would be amazing if someone did this!!

  13. Love this idea! Keep us posted!


  14. I saw Laura's reference to this on her blog and stopped by to say I think this is a GREAT idea and I would love to learn some tips! And basics, like what programs are the best to work with! Thanks for throwing this idea out there!

    Lessons with Laughter

  15. Thanks for following me gorgeous.

    I'm following you now too. And my goodness, how I love that you've put this out there. Would be unreal xx
    Daydreams of a Student Teacher

  16. Great idea! I could definitely use some tips!

    Tickled to Teach

  17. I love the idea! I've been wondering how to do that and could really use the assistance! Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a great page - I'm following you!!

  18. Wonderful idea ! I'm always wondering how the units and worksheets on TpT come out so cute. What clip art do they use and how they use them to create very engaging materials for our students? I feel like it is a best kept secret because I have not found any answer for this.
    On as side note - Thank you for following my classroom blog :o) I quickly became a follower of your blog.
    PS: I also have a blog dedicated to implementing the Common Core Standards.
    Check it out.

  19. First, thanks for stopping at my blog, love2learn2day. Second, I'd LOVE a tutorial like this. I totally don't understand how people make all the fantastic unit/packs. Please do it!!!

  20. I know that the Blogging 101 Expo that TBA presented had lots of videos about adding to your blog and Jenaya even shares a segment about things to consider and how to create teaching products. If we all used the same thing to create, that'd make a big difference. Thanks for sharing your ideas!
    - Leslie

  21. i am trying to create a book for my kids for spring that I could share, I usually use word, but there must be a better way!!

  22. I'm a newbie blogger, and searching the web and blogstalking to find out how to do these things is very time consuming. I would definitely LOVE to have some how-to help! GREAT IDEA!!!!!!

    Sparkles, Smiles, and Student Teaching

  23. I think that is an AMAZING idea. What a wonderful way to help others get their feet off the ground...thanks for be so innovative! Let me know when it's a sure thing...I'll subscribe to your youtube account :)


  24. Have you seen these videos from Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons? I thought they were very helpful!

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