Tag Archive for 'images'

Blurring to save face – hiding photograph elements

There are occasions when a great photograph which you’ve taken, which shows exactly the activity you want to share online, has a part of the picture which stops you doing so. There can be several reasons, whether a piece of text appears in the photograph which might share information which wouldn’t want to be shared (such as a house number, car registration number, a name badge or even a document being held by someone in the photograph); or faces of individuals who would not want their faces to appear online.

There are many free online tools which let you upload the photograph and apply a blur filter  (click here for a host of these tools). While you can blur an entire photograph to  illustrate the activity you are sharing on a website or blogpost, wouldn’t it be good to just blur the part of the photograph causing you the concern?

PhotoHide is a free online tool which lets you select faces or other elements of a photograph and very quickly blur these parts of the photograph and save a copy. You simply upload the photograph, drag the computer mouse over the feature to be blurred, click “hide” to blur that part and preview it, repeat as necessary on any other part of the photograph, then save to you computer. That’s it! Anything uploaded is deleted from their servers once you have completed the operation.

ICT Posters for the Classroom

Many classrooms display posters to support pupils in their use of technologies, whether showing steps involved in how to complete tasks using various software or online tools, or advice about how to keep safer in an online world, or illustrations of the use of technologies in everyday life, or quotes about the changing face of technologies, or illustrations about people who have made an impact on the development of technologies through the years.

The following provide some sources for posters suitable for classroom use.

ICT Posters for the Classroom – a free to download collection of posters suitable for printing for the classroom. One set illustrates people in history (and today) who have been infulential in the development of technologies. These include Charles Babbage, Tim Berners-Lee, Sergey Brin, Vint Cerf, Seymour Cray, Sean Fanning, Tommy Flowers, Bill Gates, Grace Hopper, Steve Jobs, Narinder Singh Kapany, Jack Kilby, Joseph Licklider, Ada Lovelace, Guglielmo Marconi, Marvin Minsky, Gordon Moore, Shuji Nakamura, Alex Tew, Linus Torvalds, Alan Turing, Meg Whitman, Mark Zuckerberg and Konrad Zuse. And if some of these names are not familiar to you the posters also helpfully include the name of the individual along with a short description of their role.

Computer Quotes comprises a series of posters with quotes about various aspects of technologies in our lives today, with appropriate graphics to illustrate the comment and make them eye-catching. Many of these quotes can also be used as prompts for classroom discussions about the changing place of technology in the lives of learners.

Displays in an ICT Suite – from Simon Haughton’s excellent ICT blog – this blog contains a range of other ICT related posters on specific themes, online tools or software. These also include posters on how to use certain tools for specific curricular-related tasks.

ICT Year 7 ICT Posters – a series of links to additional sites each with posters and display material suitable for classroom use, and all related to the use of ICT in a variety of ways. These include general ICT posters, motivational posters, step-bystep guide sheets to use of specific tools, and ICT posters specific to use in different curricular areas.

Teaching Photos: ICT Photographs of classroom displays related to a host of uses of ICT in contexts in real classrooms, showing displays (made by pupils and teachers), mounted on classroom noticeboards to illustrate concepts, guides or uses of ICT tools. These include e-safety, programmable robots, databases, Internet searching, word-processing, animation, modelling and more.

Geeky Classroom Frieze – for a bit of fun the Geeky Classroom Frieze is an A-Z alphabet frieze in a style familiar to many early stage classrooms, except that the images chosen for each letter of the alphabet illustrate technology tools. As ICT tools and resources change fairly frequently this frieze may provide a useful template for a class to come up with their own ideas for tools familiar to them, and suitable for the class to use, and to associate different images for each letter.

Infographic on the evolution of the computer – useful poster for displaying some of the history of computing from when the word was coined up until the advent of tablet devices

There are many other classroom ICT classroom display resources available online, as any online search engine will reveal – which freely available resources can you suggest?

Need a huge poster for classroom display?

Have you ever wished you could increase the impact of a poster or photograph for your classroom by making it much, much bigger than the paper in your printer?

Perhaps you have an image of some historical figures or characters from a book you wish to have life-size on your classroom wall. Or perhaps a poster of tips for pupils for a teaching topic. But your school printer only prints on ordinary paper. So here’s what you can do:

Block Posters is a free online tool where you simply upload your image in jpg or gif format (maximum filesize is 1MB).

Then choose the paper type your printer uses and select the number of pages wide you’d like your enlarged poster to be.  BlockPosters will then calculate how big that will be so you can adjust the setting to fit the display space you will have available.

Then, having uploaded the image, the site will then create a series of PDFs ready for sending to your printer, with overlaps so that when you print them you can trim and stick them together. And there you have a very large poster just using your ordinary printer.

An alternative tool which does a similar job and is free downloadable  software to install on your computer is PosteRazor.

Thinglink – making images interactive

There are many times when there are great images to show to pupils in class. Whether historical events, geographical locations, great works of art or images of engineering marvels. Wouldn’t it be useful to be able to quickly add related information to that information – naming individuals in a group picture, identifying details, or providing links to related videos which illustrate a point.

Well ThingLink provides a tool to do this.

Thinglink lets you add links to your images online to make the user experience more interactive. There is a free version, as well as options for additional premium features. As you hover over a ThingLink image you’ll see content which relates to the part of the image over which you hover – this can be plain text explaining what you are seeing, or a link, a related image or a video. The video below from ThingLink provides a quick introduction to what it can do.

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ThingLink for Teaching and Learning is a series of posts by Susan Oxnevad (Cool Tools for 21st century Learners) providing an introductory guide to Thinglink, as well as a step-by-step guide to getting started with Thinglink, as well as a whole host of examples of Thinglink used in schools. Susan’s post uses the online tool MentorMob to guide you through the sequence of pages of information and resources.

Richard Byrne has written here about how to use Thinglink and how others have used it in the classroom. Click below to watch a video introduction to ThingLink by Richard Byrne:

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Donna Baumbach (@AuntyTech) has created a step-by-step guide to creating your first ThinkLink image with linked resources for embedding elsewhere on a blog or website.

ThingLink and Learn is a collection of examples of Thinglink used in education contexts (collected by Salil Wilson) to provide examples where schools have used the resource.

Click below for ideas shared by many teachers for interesting ways to use ThingLink in the classroom, collated by Donna Baumbach

Quick, Quick, See! QR Codes – what are they? And how can they be used in and out of the classroom?


So you’ve heard someone talking about QR codes? Or you’ve spotted these strangely-patterned black and white squares appearing in advertising material? Or you know what they are but just want to see how you can best make use of them?

Well here are resources which will help to explain what QR codes are, what they look like, how you can create them, as well as how others are using them both within and outwith the classroom.

Many mobile devices have cameras, and these, in tandem with a QR code reader on the device combine to quickly link to any of the following: text, website, image, video, audio, text message, telephone number and more. QR stands for Quick Response – it’s with the action of snapping the image of the QR code on the device that the link opens on that device, without the need to type any long website addresses.

See it working

The 23-second video below shows how a user can use a mobile device to scan a QR code to quickly access information (in this video it’s a telephone number, but it could be a website or blog address, video, text, email address, audio or image):


And for a slightly longer video explanation have a look at this video – in this case used in a library:


Learning In Hand QR Codes is a video by Tony Vincent where he explains, and shows, what a QR is, how they can be accessed, how you can make one, and where they may be used. In addition to the video there is a full transcript of the text of the video (including links to resources mentioned in the video).

How do they fit in the timeline of other online developments?

Jeff Utect (The Thinking Stick) has provided a useful reminder of where the introduction of QR codes fit into the timeline of online developments in the past few years – which serves to illustrate also how other online developments, which we now take for granted, can also take time for people to understand how to use.

QR Codes in the Classroom


 The Daring Librarian (Gwyneth Jones) has created an introduction to QR codes used in education. This also includes examples and a guide to creating similar uses in other schools. The examples here centre on engaging pupils with resources in the school library, though are aopplicable throughout the school. In addition this post has helpful hints and tips for teachers thinking about using QR codes.

first5daysscavengerqrtrail#1st5Days Scavenger Hunt is an example of a QR code classroom scavenger hunt which has been created for English Language Arts classes (based on the ideas put forward by The Daring Librarian above) – where the creator, Joy Kirr, has kindly shared what has been created as well as a step by step guide to how it was put together, making it very helpful for others to adapt to their own classroom situation and curricular needs.

David Muir has created a Prezi presentation (including video showing example of use of QR code) which introduces the use of QR codes in education.

Allanah King has resources about QR codes in the classroom. These include videos illustrating how they are used in the school, as well as resources showing how different QR code tools can provide different results.

The QR treasure Hunt Creator from Classtools.net is a great tool to illustrate how QR codes can be used in education – and one where an internet connection is not required (once the code is created online, the device which scans the code does not require an internet connection since the code translates only into text) . This tool is aimed at class teachers and presents an easy to use QR code creator in 4 steps. In addition there is a demonstration QR Treasure Hunt included so you can start using it right away. That can serve as inspiration to then create your own following the very staightforward steps on the site. In addition this site has links to a host of posts by other educators who have shared how they have used QR codes in schools. And there is a guide to creating your own QR-code Treasure hunt. Plus there is an example QR code trail around a school library using only text responses (so no internet connection is required by users) which provides all of the resources used in the example trail as well as an explanation of how to recreate this in an other setting with different tasks.

Click here for an example of a QR Safari created around the environs of Balmullo Primary school in Fife.

Vicki Davis has produced QR Code Classroom Implementation Guide which serves as an introduction to thinking about using QR codes in the classroom.

Julie Greller has collected a variety of ways QR codes are used in and out of classrooms to support learning and teaching.

The Physical Educator Skills Posters – a series of physical education posters showing images of skills, with explanations, as well as associated QR codes which pupils or teachers can use to download and use to access the videos and instructions on a mobile device where the activities are taking place.

Andrew Miller has compiled descriptions of 12 Ideas for Teaching with QR Codes. Each presents one way of using QR codes in schools along with a description of how it was achieved and the benefits of doing so.

Jerry Blumengarten on his Cybraryman website has collated a comprehensive collection of resources to support educators in using QR codes. This collection of resources includes explanatory material, examples of uses by many educators, tools to use to create QR codes, ways of assessing their use.

Chris Smith on his ShamblesGuru website has collated a very wide range of resources to support teachers looking at using QR codes in education – including the many ways others are using QR codes in schools, tools which can be used to make QR codes, and resources to help support getting started using them or looking for different ways to enhance the learning experience.

Inside the Classroom Outside the Box Ways to use QR Codes in the Elementary Classroom and Using Google Docs to Create Them is a blog post by Jill Thompson on ways of using QR codes in a primary classroom (and how to make them).

50 QR Code Resources for the Classroom is a collection by Charlie Osborne of resources to support the use of QR codes in the classroom  – luinks to articles, how-to guides, hints and tips and more.

The “Interesting Ways” series of presentations by Tom Barrett includes an easy to digest presentation of many ideas for using QR codes to support learning, shared by many educators. And as more are shared, so the range of ideas increases – so visit again! And if you come up with another idea not shown there then you can add your idea there too.

Teacher’s Guide to the Use of QR Codes in the Classroom by Med Kharbach is a comprehensive guide to explaining what QR codes are, tools to use to create them, how to use them and with many links to further resources.

Twitter QR Code Bingo makes use of Google Docs online with Twitter and QR codes to create an integrated “getting to know you” activity for a professional development session for teachers (though could be adapted for class use). The Google Document provides the collation of the activities/clues and generates the QR codes and responses automatically to Twitter. The resources are described but also the templates are here to download and adapt.

Sharing Kindergarten: QR Codes in the Classroom – a series of pre-made QR code cards, ready for downloading and printing, with links to online audio recordings of early learner words. A demonstration video shows how they can be used.

Exploring the educational potential of QR Codes – a post by Joe Dale which provides examples of how QR codes can be used in an educational context, as well as suggestions for tools to use to create QR codes, and tips for ensuring successful use in the classroom.

Raff’s Rant – QR Code Water Scavenger Hunt – a post by Clare Rafferty which provides a classroom topic context of “Water” to have pupils engage with the topic through tasks/messages/quotes set via QR codes. The post includes the text which has been provided for each QR code, as well as downloadable link to the QR codes themselves ready for use.

iFeedback – a post describing how QR codes printed onto sticky labels can be used to provide feedback to pupils on regularly recurring topics where the QR codes link to explanatory videos on the correct use of specific punctuation marks, for instance.

QR Code Creator Tools

Unitag QR Code Creator is one of may QR code creators – but what makes this one different is that it provides the option to change the colour, graphics and central image of the generated QR code. There are commercial upgrades from which to choose but the basic creator is free to use. It also provides helpful advice when generating codes (especially important if using different colours and images as part of the code, as this can make the code unreadabale in certain phones).

Alternative creators which are free to use include Google’s URL shortener and QR code creator: http://goo.gl (paste the website address then click “details” to get the QR code) – this also provides analytics about the use of the code by users later.  Statistics of use can also be found using Glow’s URL shortener and QR Code Creator: www.glo.li

IdeasFactory QR Code Resources is a collated list with descriptions of a variety of QR code creators (as well as other resources to support their use).

Talking QR Code Generator – a post by Monica Burns describing how the talking QR Code generator QR Voice can be used in the classroom. Simply type a message (or copy and paste some text) into QR Voice and click the QR code generator and within seconds a QR code will be generated. This QR code can then be copied onto a sheet or shared online and when this is scanned with a mobile device QR code reader it takes a user to an audio file with the spoken version of the text

Geograph the British Isles – combining mapping, photography and gaming in the classroom

Geograph British Isles combines mapping with photography and gaming challenges  to encourage practical interaction with maps and of the British Isles. 

Photographs for every square kilometre of the British Isles

Users of Ordnance Survey maps will know that Ordnance Survey maps divide up the geographical area into squares for ease of reference by users sharing locations – called the grid reference. So Geograph has the aim of providing photographs (current or historical) for every square on the map. With over 2 million user-uploaded photographs already on Geograph this makes this a useful tool for schools, particularly for social studies, local area projects, history, geography and more. And one of the challenges for users of Geograph is to add their own geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland.

Games and Classroom Application

Geograph has games on the site which make use of the images and maps, involving users trying to correctly match images with locations, or learn about mapping symbols. There are different ways of playing the games, making them able to be adapted for different ages and stages, and classroom purposes.

Already over 2 million images

All images submitted to geograph are moderated by Geograph before appearing on the site. There are regularly updating statistics on the Geograph site which include showing the number of images in total, the number in any square kilometre, and the locations where there are few images (so that users can set out to add images to these in particular). Geograph also provides users with a variety of ways of adding images, whether straight through the site or using photo-tool sites such as Picnik or Picasa.

Themes, Topics and Local Study

In addition to being matched to specific locations, photographs are also grouped by users in topics, such as canals, blue plaques, family history, cemeteries, postboxes, location-specific themes, and much more. These can be used as topic referenece material as they are or used as a stimulus for a similar grouping for a school’s own locality, area of study or interest.

NS8580 : Falkirk Wheel by Ian Capper

Falkirk Wheel

  © Copyright Ian Capper and
licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Re-using images elsewhere made easy

Geograph has also made it very easy to re-use the images elsewhere by providing several methods of crediting the source, whether by providing the text to display as reference with any image, or by providing a variety of embed codes for use in different blog hosts, websites, documents, etc, so that the chosen photograph automatically displays the image along with the appropriate credit.

Support materials to use in learning and teaching

Geograph has already inspired many to use the site in educational contexts, and has a clear range of well illustrated purposes with helpful support material showing how Geograph can be applied in learning and teaching.

Paint like Picasso or Draw like Da Vinci? Online artpads

There are a number of free online tools which let users create artworks on screen as if using paper, brush or pencil.


ArtPad is a simple to use free tool which lets you choose the size of brush or pencil, the colour of choice, and then to create an artwork of your own. For what looks like a basic tool there are quite a number of options available from a simple interface. In addition, once you have completed your artwork you can click on the replay button to see an animation of how you created the artwork – great as a demonstration tool for teachers or pupils to show how an effect was achieved. You can control the speed of the replay and pause it as required if highlighting a particular aspect of the artwork. You can save the work for later editing, and copy the link to the created artwork for sharing elsewhere. As a collaborative art creation tool you can share a link to your work with others and they can continue working on a painting – there are also undo options. There is a help page with tips and hints for creating artwork, with additional links to ideas for working in the style of famous artists.


Sumopaint is a  free online art package with a comprehensive set of creation tools. While it is able to be used at a basic level with ease, Sumo Paint also offers a wide selection of brushes, all of which can be used either with a computer mouse, tablet, or interactive whiteboard. The brush tool’s option bar has controls for setting the brush diameter, opacity and flow, and also includes scattering, random rotation, gravity (the gravity option smoothes the drawn line to curves). The option is available in Symmetry and Brush tools., blend modes and brush effects including smoothing, bevel, wet edges and ink. The eraser tool also has a wide selection of brushes which supports scattering, random rotation and gravity effects  (the gravity option smoothes the drawn line to curves). There are also controls for the eraser tool for diameter, opacity and hardness for adjusting the level and size. The ink mode lets the user adjust ink wetness with the mode value slider. The ink mode can be applied to the brush, ink, pen, symmetry and all the shape tools. Sumopaint’s smudge tool has a big selection of brushes and a possibility to use the following blending modes: Normal, Lighten, Darken. For primary teachers using this tool in a mathematics setting the symmetry tool and its multiple properties lets users experiment with the symmetry points, gravity and modes. While Sumopaint is a very comprehensive, yet easy to use tool, there is a comprehensive series of tutorials, including a wide range of video tutorials which serve to explain how each tool is used, as well as inspire users to explore possibilities to develop their artwork. Sumopaint can be used to create artworks from scratch or can open existing images in many formats, which can then have effects applied or elements added or edited. And everything created can be saved in several image formats. [kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/NAEoeWnYYvI" width="425" height="344" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /] Sumopaint has a gallery of artworks created by users, and there are links to a huge number of videos by users showing how they created their artworks.

Aviary Education Phoenix Art Package Image Editor

Aviary Education Phoenix art package (image editor) is part of the Aviary suite of creative tools. This image editor is aimed specifically at schools (so teachers can create a private class area if desired, or the tools can be used entirely without registering – either way it is all free). The education version of Aviary has a gallery of creations only added by other education users. Features of this tool include a Move Tool letting users Move items, especially Text objects, Clone Stamp Tool which lets users Clone selected parts of an image, Liquify Tool to let you reshape the image by dragging the cursor, blur Tool, Sharpen Tool, Dodge and Burn Tool (controlling exposure in selected areas), Smudge Tool, Colour Replacement Tool to anable changing one colour to another in selected areas or across the entire image, Eraser Tool, Shape Brush, Paint Brush Tool, Gradient Tool to Fill an area with a customizable gradient, Fill Tool, Shape Tools, line tools,  Transformation Tool, Magic Wand Tool, Resize, stretch or rotate the current selection, Distortion Tool, and more. There is a wealth of tutorials and video guides which can be sorted by difficulty level.


Sketchfu is a very simple art tool which lets users draw or paint with a limited set of tools. The facility to undo and to replay the process of how an image was created (and at choice of different speeds) makes this a neat tool for classroom use to demonstrate a process in creating a particular effect in an artwork.

Draw Island

DrawIsland is an online drawing tool with a basic range of tools, simple to use, yet from which quite complex pictures can be created. There is no gallery of creations by other users. Users have a range of tools from which to choose, with choices for these to refine their appearance. created images can also be downloaded to a PC. 

Primary Paint

Primary Paint is a paint pad which can be used by one user alone but is specifically set up to encourage and enable real time collaboration in creating a piece of art by a teacher and pupils. That means that with pupils on several PCs or devices they can all be working on the same creation at the same time, each pupil able to see immediately any change that another pupil makes. When you create a Primary Paint pad a unique workspace is generated which is then shared with the pupils thus ensuring only your pupils can work on the image. When each pupil enters the work area they simply add their first name and Primary Pad then assigns them a colour against their name so that changes made by that pupil can be readily identified. There is a collaborative area for sharing messages so that pupils can suggest ideas, or a teacher might guide the process by typing steps or suggestions.

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Kerpoof Make a Drawing or Picture

Kerpoof Make a Drawing or picture – two tools which are specifically aimed at children where a teacher can create an account along with pupil login details to save their work in a safer environment. The Drawing tool is suitable for all ages while the Painting tool is targeted at younger pupils where pre-made shapes or images can be included and adapted within creations. The suite of tools has lesson plans and teacher notes to support teachers in using these tools in a classroom setting.

Shawn Avery has created video introductions to both of these tools here.

So at whatever level of artist you are now there are free online tools to help bring out that artwork.

Scrambling for cultural resources? Try SCRAN

Scran is a fantastic online resource – an archive of  over 360,000 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media.

And all of it comes with embedded attribution text so that schools using the material can be sure of the source of each resource. The rights to use of the resources allows for free use by any licensed Scran user within educational establishments, such as for sharing on intranets, VLEs (Glow for Scottish schools), worksheets, posters, etc.

The full scale versions of images and other material can only be used in public resources (such as blogs, websites or wikis where these are open to be viewed by anyone anywhere) where a licence is purchased to do so – and there is an online facility on Scran to make this process straightforward. However, Scran also provides html code for users to embed thumbnail versions on their blog or website – this code includes the credit information as to source and copyright, like the image below. And note how this also includes an automatic link to Scran and more information about the image:

Aerial view, The Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk, from north-west

© Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland; E/11461/cn. Licensor www.scran.ac.uk.

To demonstrate the range of resources available, you can find anything from images of tigers, Charlie Chaplin, Sean Connery, a Degas, a Dali, to images of war or whaling, standing stones, a pint of beer, an integrated circuit, or line drawings of an acorn or an adrenal gland! For learning, there are Pathfinder Packs for instant use; and tools such as Curriculum Navigator, Albums, Stuff, Create, Multicreate, Mini Website and Slides to let you discover, store, design, assemble and share your own learning resources within your own school, education authority or all Scran users.

There are templates to quickly and easily create a quick poster or worksheet in just a couple of clicks from any image, or make a slideshow on a theme or topic. This can be used by teachers creating materials for use by pupils, or for pupils themselves to create leaflets, posters, timelines, geographical studies projects – either using the templates or by simply copying and pasting into word-processing software or elsewhere. A huge benefit is that each image, when copied and pasted, has a message below it stating the origin of the image. This helps pupils and staff deal with giving credit to the source.

Here’s a summary from Scran’s website of what is on offer for your use:


Access over 347,000 copyright cleared images. View and download the images at the size of your choice – thumbnail, postcard and full screen size. Zoom enables you to view maps and documents in detail.

Pathfinder Packs

Explore over 3,500 professionally written concise illustrated histories on events, people, places and a wealth of other topics. From Prehistory and the Dark Ages to modern Feats of Engineering, and from writers and poets to war and warmongers, Scran’s Pathfinder Packs provide the ideal starting point. Every pack can be copied into your own album in Stuff for editing.


Your own personal space on Scran where you can store images, searches and albums. From Stuff, you can edit, create and share materials with other users. You can even generate RSS feeds.

Access Scran’s communities and create your own Blog or Community in our Scribble website where you can also upload your own material.


A simple and innovative way to create your own electronic collections of Scran resources. Albums are fully editable in Stuff and can be used to multicreate a booklet, generate a browsable web site or an online slideshow. Albums can also be shared with other licensed users.


Once you have your album in order with the text edited, why not make an instant slide show using Slides. Copy your album to another user and they have the slides to view too.

Ever seen an image and instantly wanted to make it into a worksheet, card, postcard, greetings card or calendar? Create is the solution for you. In a few easy templated steps your creation is delivered to your desktop fully completed in PDF format ready to use.

Ever wanted an instant booklet from an album of images?  Multicreate – just like Create above – does exactly that job – and it’s just as easy as Create.  1, 2, 3 and you have your booklet in PDF format with no copying or complications.
Mini Web Sites

Create your own mini website from Scran Albums or Pathfinder Packs in a couple of simple clicks. Your personal mini website is delivered to your desktop and you can use this offline.

Search smartly through educational topics, subjects and levels. Immediately find relevant resources.

Maps – Geographic Search

Look up Ordnance Survey maps of Britain and get Scran to find material in that location or, alternatively, open a map from a record to see where the object comes from. “Mash-up” to Google Maps or Google Earth from any record too.

Use Share, which is conveniently located on the toolbar under every image, to email, blog or send a postcard on a particular thumbnail image.  Never done this before? Scran makes it easy with a simple point and click interface.

Scran’s website has video tutorials on how to make the most of Scran’s resources – to access these click on the left-hand menu on Scran’s website – “About Us & Contact” – “Scran Demo” and choose from the videos listed under “Demonstration flash movies.”

The aqueduct and boat lift, Falkirk Wheel, 2002

© Falkirk Museums. Licensor www.scran.ac.uk.

Click here for a handout supporting Using Scran for Schools.

Scran’s aim is to provide educational access to digital materials representing our material culture and history. Scran is a service of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland – and with material coming from a multitude of museums, art galleries, businesses, organisations and individuals this is a huge resource aimed at supporting teachers make use of our cultural resources – wherever you may be.

Ideas to Inspire – tips for using classroom tools shared by many teachers

Looking for ideas to help you use online tools in the classroom? Not sure how to make best use of that ICT equipment in your school? Just looking for fresh approaches to using tools with which you are already familiar?

Well Mark Warner has created Ideas to inspire to help teachers everywhere. And it collects ideas generously shared by many, many teachers into grouped presentations. You can browse through anything which grabs your attention or choose a presentation on a topic about which you are looking for some help. There are presentations on using images in imaginative ways in the classroom, interactive whiteboard ideas, making use of digital cameras, ideas for maths and numeracy, literacy, active geography and much, much more. There are ideas for making engaging classroom displays, tips for incorporating games based learning into learning, and hints for making internet research more meaningful – and each presentation continues to grow as further teachers add their ideas too – so it is always worth rediscovering – indeed they are Ideas to Inspire!

What was it like in the olden days? See and add photographs of nearby streets then and now

So how often do teachers get asked: “What was it like in the olden days?” as if they lived through medieval times!

What Was there?

Well What Was There is a neat free online tool which lets you upload old pictures of any location, add the date, and then pinpoint the location on a map and match it to the same view today. You can adjust the view to match the view in the old photograph as it uses eye-level street view tools. And then when uploaded you can fade from one view to another so you can see the changes appear before your eyes. This would be useful for pupils to see how streets around their school changed over time. They could contribute photographs or link from those elsewhere. So whether the focus is history or geography this could be a useful tool either for local studies or for looking at the changes in locations further afield.

History Pin

An alternative tool for sliding through history on a timeline of photographs is History Pin. This let users upload photographs, date them and slide the timeline through history to see the changes over time – whether clothing, transport or buildings.

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