"App"etizer: iorad

If you’ve ever had to explain a complicated step-by-step tech or online process to a student, and then found yourself having to do it again just a few minutes later, you might want to take a look at iorad.

Iorad is a tutorial builder, but it’s quite a bit different--and way better--than giving students a step-by-step handout. Let’s take a look how!




What Does Iorad Do?

Iorad creates interactive, online-based tutorials. It’s so much more than a GIF or numbered points; it’s a step-by-step, clickable tutorial that feels just like the real website, document, or other digital doodad you’re doing with your students. 

Try out this sample iorad I created for my Dual Credit U.S. History Class:
(I recommend that you view it in full screen by clicking the box-like button in the upper-right).

Step 1: Your lesson today is Ravenous Reagan & Concluding the Cold War. Click Verso to go to today's warmup.
Step 2: Read today's objective.
Step 3: Watch this video first.
Step 4: Read the instructions and complete the activity.
Step 5: To complete the worksheet, use the puzzle pieces here.
Step 6: When done, go on.
Step 7: Read the instructions and complete the activity.
Step 8: Now you're completing a double jigsaw. The resources can be found on the (digital) puzzle pieces.
Step 9: Then, complete today's mini-lesson.
Step 10: Please note that we will be studying the end of the Cold War from the United States perspective. If you'd like more information on the ending of the Cold War from the Soviet Union, click the picture to the right.

Once you finish, you're done!

You can make the tutorials even more interactive than even mine-- there’s options to create custom pathing, include hyperlinks, embed tutorials,  and record audio (the last comes along with having a paid account).

How You Could Use Iorad:

  • Help your students work through or practice a difficult process they might have do again in the future.
  • Create one for a day you need to take off -- it’s the perfect complement to your sub plans, as long as students have access to any mobile device and you plan on having them do work online.
  • “Flip” your classroom, even partially at first. If you’d like to read more about my experience doing this (with the help of iorad), click here.

Before I Go, I Should Mention the Limitations of the Free Version: 

  • You can only make two tutorials with pro features, and all but two of your tutorials have to be public.
  • There’s an iorad watermark on your tutorials (if that matters to you).
  • You can find out more about iorad’s free versus paid account features here: https://www.iorad.com/pricing
Until next time, check out iorad for yourself and give it a try!
--Nate



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