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Title of script: Introduction to Spoken Tutorials

Author: Kannan Moudgalya

Keywords: Video Tutorial, Screencast, IT education, self learning, bridge digital divide, Free instructional material

Slides and script

Visual Cue
Slide 1 Welcome to a presentation that introduces the spoken tutorial technology

that has the potential to make India IT literate.

My name is Kannan Moudgalya. I am from IIT Bombay. I lead this project.

Slide 2 What is a Spoken Tutorial?

It is a recording of a computer session

explaining some software

along with a running commentary

The resulting movie is the spoken tutorial

Typically of 10 minute duration

Slide 3 Steps in Creating Spoken Tutorials are




Translating the script into other languages and


Let me explain each of these steps

Slide 4 We will show the outline of two software systems:

Xfig and


I have already downloaded all the required links for this tutorial from http://spoken-tutorial.org

Tab 1

Tab 2

Let us see the outline for Xfig

Let us see the outline for PHP

Let us go to the next slide

Slide 5 The 2nd step in creating spoken tutorials is the Script

As a movie needs a good script

A spoken tutorial also needs a good script

The script of the current tutorial is here

Show it on Tab 3
Slide 5 The guidelines to write a script are here
Show it on Tab 4
Slide 5 A tutorial that explains the guidelines will also be available soon
Slide 6
Demonstration I will now create a short spoken tutorial that explains how to send an email from a gmail account
Invoke iShowU Let me invoke iShowU, a screen recording software

Observe a rectangle on the screen

whatever comes within this rectangle will get recorded

Netscape from dock I have opened Netscape

I have placed it exactly within this rectangle

It is pointing to gmail

I will speak in Tamil

Let me start recording

In Tamil

Guest.spoken aaga login seygiren

gmail ai thirandagi vittadu

compose button moolam aarambikap pogiren



ingu varuvom

This is a test mail

Send button moolam email ai anuppugiren

ippodu sign out seygiren

nanri, vanakkam

iShowU shows a .mov file I just ended the recording

Immediately, the recording software creates a movie

Close Let me first close Netscape and iShowU.
Press the start button in the Quick Time player Let me now play the recorded movie file.

“Recording plays”

Let me advance it

“Recording plays”

Let me close this

Let us now go to the next slide
Slide 7 This is what I call as the spoken tutorial

School going children can also create spoken tutorials – it is very easy

Slide 8 Let me now explain the Tools we have for Recording

On Linux, recordMyDesktop

A spoken tutorial explains how to do this

Tab 5 Let us play this: “Recording plays”
Slide 8 On Windows we have Camstudio
Tab 6 This spoken tutorial explains how to do this
Slide 8 Both are FOSS

A tutorial gives guidelines for narration

Tab 7 Let me play this

“Recording plays”

Let me come back to slides

Slide 8 The 4th Step in creating spoken tutorials is

translating the script into Local Languages

To make it accessible for people weak in English

I will show translated scripts for getting started on Scilab in

Hindi, Marathi and Bengali

Hindi, Marathi and Bengali

Switch over to firefox

Tab 8 of the browser

Let us go back to the browser.

Tab 9 of the browser
Tab 10 of the browser
Slide 10

Using the script, we change the spoken part only.

Video remains the same.

On Linux, we can use Audacity and ffmpeg

A spoken tutorial explains how to do this

Tab 1 Let me minimise this browser

Underneath this, I have another browser with several tabs

Let me play this: “Recording plays”

Slide 10 ctd On Windows, we can use Movie Maker

A spoken tutorial explains how to do this

Tab 2
Let us go to the next slide
Slide 11 We will now see Scilab spoken tutorials in Hindi, Malayalam and Bengali.
Switch over to firefox

Tab 3 of this browser

Press play and stop

Tab 4 of this browser

Press play and stop

Tab 5 of this browser

Press play and stop

“Hindi recording plays”

Let me play Malayalam

“Malayalam recording plays”

We will play Bengali

“Bengali recording plays”

Let us go to back to the slides
Slide 12

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Let us discuss how to present complex topics through spoken tutorials.

After all, a spoken tutorial is only ten minutes long.

By combining spoken tutorials, advanced topics can also be taught.

If sufficient small steps are available,

Himalayas can also be climbed.

Let us now view the study plans for LaTeX and Scilab

Switch over to firefox

Tab 6

Tab 7

LaTeX study plans

Scilab study plans

Let us go to the next slide.
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One can bridge digital divide through spoken tutorials.

For example, one can explain how to buy train tickets through irctc

How to locate low cost agricultural loans.

How to locate information on primary health care.

How to obtain information on first aid.

How to do web search to locate the shop that sells Tvs at the lowest price.

Indeed, this list is endless.

As a matter of fact, this approach can be used to bridge digital divide.

Slide 14 Spoken tutorials are released under creative commons license.

These are available for free download from the spoken tutorial website.

Slide 15

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Let us discuss the honorarium available for creating a ten minute spoken tutorial

Rs. 3,500 to create script and slides

Rs. 500 for review by novice or beginner

Rs. 1,000 for recording the spoken tutorial - this can be done by the beginner as well

Rs. 1,000 for translation into a local language

Rs. 500 for dubbing into a local language.

To be paid after review and acceptance.

The above amounts are for a ten minute spoken tutorial. Actual honorarium will be proportional to the number of minutes.

There is a one time bonus of Rs. 5,000 also

Slide 16

Our target audience is a remote child,

working alone at midnight,

without anyone to help her.

In other words, spoken tutorials need to be created for self learning.

Slide 17 We actively promote Open Source Software

Conduct workshops through student clubs,

using spoken tutorials and financial support

We also look for Campus Ambassadors

We have a spoken tutorial on Campus Ambassador programme

Tab 8 Let us play it

“Recording plays”

Flash slide 18 Let us show the web site of our project, http://spoken-tutorial.org
Tab 9 The current tutorial is available here

Where to contact us is here

A list of FOSS systems is available through the wiki – let us click this

You may join any of them

You may also propose work on new systems

Please feel free to contact us.

Slide 19

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Let us go to the next slide. We welcome your participation.

To create, review and use spoken tutorials

We also need technology support

We have lots of jobs as well.

Work with us, full time or part time.

Slide 20 Why should you work with us?

To remove digital divide

To make our children IT literate

To promote FOSS

To make our children employable

To make our country a developed one

To realise the dream of Dr. Abdul Kalam

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Let us go to the next slide. We have a small assignment for you.

Please see if you can locate all the web pages shown in this tutorial.

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I would like to acknowledge the funding support now

Spoken tutorial is a part of the Talk to a Teacher project

It is supported by the National Mission on Education through ICT, MHRD, Government of India

More information on this mission is available at


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We have come to the end of this tutorial

Thanks for joining us

This is Kannan Moudgalya signing off

Goodbye and Jai Hind

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