Monday, January 27, 2014

Raghav's Lego Tutorial

Raghav is pretty much independent in searching for stuff on YouTube and through Google now. A few weeks ago, he stumbled on JAYSTEPHER who has a YouTube channel with Lego Tutorials and he has been super-excited with his new find! :)

When he is not watching BrainPop videos on his iPad these days, Raghav has been poring over these tutorials and building fantastic new creations. It has been fascinating for me to watch him use the tutorial completely on his own and making new things with his Lego bricks. He will first choose the video he wants to watch, set the iPad on the floor in front of himself, and then get building, while pausing rewinding and fast-forwarding the video as he follows it step by step, searching for the correct bricks, checking to see if he has missed a step and so on. I just loove the power of the internet and am so grateful for it as a tool for a self-learner like my son!

I think these tutorials inspired him so much that he wanted to try and do one of his own today. While he has been showing and teaching me how to build small things, over the last few weeks, much like a live demo, it was only today that he was okay with me to video him....and it was a great experience for both an amateur photographer like me, and for my son.

We made some five or six attempts to video these between the door bell ringing, my phone ringing, the camera's memory getting used up and Raghav forgetting a few steps! He realised on his own, that he had to know it all by heart and in his head, if he wanted to make a video tutorial. He does also often keep saying that he is forgetful and this I thought was a great way for him to know his strengths and evaluate his memory for himself. At one point, when he knew he had gone wrong, he asked me to stop recording and restart, only after he had gone through the steps once again by himself and had figured out where he had gone wrong on his own. I was but a witness to the learning process of a self-learner!

Here are the two recordings we made today....enjoy and do give us your feedback! :) That would be helpful!

How to build a Lego fridge

How to build a Lego Table Tennis table

Here are some of the other creations that Raghav made recently, using JAYSTEPHER's videos...

A merry-go-round

A slide

A Public Restroom (do take a look at the details!)

The inside view - the pots and toilet rolls :)

doors that open and shut

wash basins and towel holder

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