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Movenote – share your voice, video, presentation and annotations

Movenote is a neat free tool for combining on one screen a video (which can be of the the presenter, or video of anything else being viewed from a webcam or mobile device) along with a presentation (which can be a document or images or other files), and any annotations added as the presentation is being created.

Movenote has been designed to work well with mobile devices (so device-specific apps are available) as well as on a computer. And versatility in linking with a variety of cloud-based storage and email solutions also makes this particularly useful for use with mobile devices.

So in a classroom a teacher may have a Powerpoint presentation or document or series of images, which they can upload to Movenote, then switch on the webcam on the computer (or enable the mobile device camera) and record themselves explaining what is being viewed in the presentation. The teacher can annotate onto the presentation, upload further items (such as images), pause and resume recording. When completed they resulting presentation (with accompanying video right there beside the presentation) can be shared in a variety of ways.

Note that you don’t have to have yourself appear on the video camera but can instead have the video camera looking at something else while recording your voice. Having the video feature beside the presentation can be useful to provide pupils with the familiar voice of their teacher, and convey expression more easily. Also the video may prove useful where signing would be helpful for learners.

Click on the video below to see a short introduction to the features of Movenote:

Click on the video below to see a demonstration by Lisa Lund of getting started using Movenote

Movenote has a YouTube channel with a host of videos showing how to use Movenote in different ways and for different purposes – and with specific videos showing how to use the variety of features. It’s simple to use – yet has a multitude of uses to which it can be put in the classroom and elsewhere, and many ways to make it easy to use with a wide variety of email and cloud-storage tools.

Powtoon Presentation tool for animating your message

Powtoon is a free online animated presentation tool with a host of features for bringing alive whatever message schools may wish to share with their school community or wider audiences. So whether promoting aspects of the life of a school, explaining processes or sharing learning and teaching activity of a class then Powtoon can provide an option to create engaging presentations.

There is an inbuilt bank of graphics, all of which can have a variety of animations applied, and sequenced and re-sequenced to best illustrate any message. The free account lets users create and save a good number of different presentations and upload any completed presentations directly to YouTube (paid premium versions have the option to download completed presentations as videos). The free version accounts with Powtoon (with options for a free education-specific account) restrict the length of the finished presentations/videos and include the Powtoon message logo and watermark (which would not be included in the premium versions).

In addition to the free to use graphics there is also the facility to add from a choice of free-to-use music tracks which will match the length of your completed presentation/video. And of course you can add voice narration to the presentation.

Click here to watch a promotional video for Powtoon

Click here for an example of the use of Powtoon (created by Stuart Lennie of Falkirk Council Education Services), in this case to explain the options for Safe Searching in YouTube for schools
Click here to watch a presentation by a teacher using Powtoon to explain a task to pupils (Mrs Frank at Saint Agnes Academy-Saint Dominic School):

Sparkol Videoscribe – if you are looking for even more than Powtoon provides, then you may wish to have a look at Sparkol Videoscribe. This commercial product adds a number of features to those which Powtoon provides, one of which is that the animated drawing hand can show the building up of any image so the viewer of the finished presentation sees the chosen object being drawn in front of their eyes.

Click here for an example video by Preston Lodge High School, East Lothian of the kind of presentation video which would be possible to create in this style:

Gabriel Guzman has produced a video explaining Bloom's Taxonomy using VideoScribe

Wideo is a free online tool for creating animated videos with a range of inbuilt graphics and animations. There is a range of examples of uses in education provided by many users. There are inbuilt video tutorials showing the ease with which animated videos with voiceover can be created.

A video is worth a thousand worksheets

Many people say they find it easier to understand something where they have been shown, rather than simply reading about it. And that is where video demonstrations, explanations or lessons can be useful for learners in any curricular area.

There are many videos now available online, as any online search will reveal (and video-hosting sites abound such as YouTube and Vimeo). And of course different styles and approaches will suit different learners so no one video will necessarily be the most suitable for every age, stage or level of undertanding of any given topic.

In addition to the education channels or categories within the wider YouTube and Vimeo tools, there are some sites which have been specifically set up to share videos aimed at use in an educational setting (some adding further value to the videos with related resources):


TEDEd - a video library with curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can distribute the lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on their learners. Each video has associated tasks and supplementary links to provide opportunities to deepen the learning.


Khan Academy

Khan Academy - a library of thousands of videos on multiple subjects, specifically designed to assist learners develop their understanding of skills and concepts. Users can use the associated learning materials to help them gauge their own level of understanding of any topic, and then to move onto another level in that field. Teachers can sign up to use the materials with their pupils in order to get detailed feedback on learner progress


Teacher Tube

Teacher Tube an online community for sharing hundreds of thousands of educationally focused videos for teachers and learners. As well as video there are other resources including audio, documents, photos, groups and blogs. It is an environment moderated by educators so has been found to be easier to make more widely available in education settings.

School Tube

School Tube comprises student and teacher created videos aimed at use in an educational setting. All content is moderated by teachers.

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.

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 fiollowing 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.

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.

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).

“Ae fond Click!” – using ICT tools to support classroom activities on Scotland’s Bard Robert Burns

For many Scottish schools in January there is often an emphasis in the classroom on work on the life and literature of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns. The following resources provide ideas for how ICT tools can be used to provide different ways of helping to engage pupils with the study of the life and literature of Robert Burns or other Scottish literary figures. So whether it’s around the time of 25th January (the birthday of Robert Burns celebrated by Scots the world over), or notable dates in the Scottish calendar such as St Andrew’s Day (30th November) or Tartan Day in North America (6th April), the following resources may provide some ideas for using ICT tools to help provide alternative ways in engaging pupils in the sudy of Scottish literature.

Interactive Poem Writing

For use with a Smartboard Interactive whiteboard click on this link for To a mouse – interactive poem writing Smart notebook resource with audio and interactive activities to help engage pupils with the poem “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns and then to create their own contemporary version “To a computer mouse.”

Animation based on a poem

A popular way to engage pupils with a piece of text is for them to create an animation based on a particular poem. Click here for information on some of the many tools which can be used by pupils to create animations, which could be based on the poems, tales or songs of Robert Burns. These animations can either be created using live video footage from a webcam, or still images, or drawn on screen, or using cartoon-style images.

Creating an audio recording of a poem or song

If you’d like to record the audio of pupils reciting or singing a poem, tale or song of Robert Burns a tool which can make this process really easy to record, edit out unwanted gaps or noises, and then create an mp3 file for sharing on a school or class website or blog is Audacity. This is a free audio editing tool. Click here for more information about Audacity for use in the classroom.

Combine drawn images with pupil voice to create interactive videos

A free online tool which is ideally suited to the needs of primary schools to provide a space and the tools for pupils to record their voices along with their own drawn images to accompany their voice is Little Bird Tales. This would be suitable for younger pupils to draw the sequence of events in their chosen poem, tale or song by Robert Burns and to then record their voice reading or reciting the poem, tale or poem of Robert Burns. Click here for more information about Little Bird Tales.

Create animated video combining images, pupil voice and background music

If pupils would like to create a video with music to accompany their chosen poem or tale of Robert Burns, but they perhaps don’t have access to video but do have still images, then they can still create a video using the free Photostory 3 software. This quickly produces a video where you simply upload your chosen still images, add narration (which could be pupils reading a poem by Robert Burns), and choose music style from the bank of provided music with Photostory 3 – you can slect from a range of styles, select instruments, speed, feeling and intensity. Photostory 3 software then quickly belds it all together into a video. Click here for more information about Photostory 3.

Using video camera recordings of pupil recitations or singing

Recitation of poems or singing of the songs of Robert Burns is part of the tradition in many Scottish schools in in or around January. Making recordings of these performances by pupils can be done with Flip video cameras, or similar, of pupils reciting poems, and then these videos uploaded to the class or school blog or website. More information about Flip cameras, or similar devices, can be found by clicking here.

Creating Scottish music backing-track music for songs, recitations or videos.

There are several online music tools which pupils could use to create music to accompany songs of Robert Burns, or for creating a traditional Scottish mood music backing track for pupil-created video or perhaps a drama based on a tale by Robert Burns. Click here for tools which are music sequencers based on pupils dragging icons around the screent to choose instruments, musical phrases and sequence.  For more traditional standard music notation tools where pupils can choose instruments, click on the on-screen score and make their melody for a song, and add lyrics then click here.

Create Audio in Scots Voice from typed text

For pupils who do not wish to speak the poem aloud, or who would like to use the automatically-generated voice from typed text they can do so using Wordtalk. Wordtalk is designed to work with Microsoft Word and can produce an mp3 file from text typed into Word. WordTalk also has produced Scottish voices (called Heather and Stuart for Scottish female and male voices). So to have Word “speak” the poems of Robert Burns with a Scottish voice aloud, and from which to create an mp3 audio file click here for more information about WordTalk.

Timeline Tools

There are online tools which can be used to map the life of of Robert Burns, or to plot his journey from one part of the country to another, or to show the sequence of events on a poem, tale or song of the bard. One such tool is Dipity – click here for more information about Dipity timeline tool.

Comic-creation Tools

Many teachers like to use comic-creation tools with pupils as they often find pupils engage for longer with texts when they are creating a visual work such as a comic strip combing images with the text. Click here for more information about several comic-creation tools which could be used by pupils to sequence a poem, tale or song of Robert Burns accompanied with images.

Speaking characters from poems, tales or songs

On online tool such as Blabberize lets pupils upload images of a character from a poem, tale or song or Robert Burns, add their voice and the tool automatically creates an animated image opening and closing its mouth as the pupil’s recorded voice speaks. Click here for more information about Blabberize.

Online Resources to support teaching about the life and literature of Robert Burns

http://www.robertburns.org.uk/- a website full of resource collected by the world’s second oldest Burns Club.
http://www.burnsscotland.com/- this website holds a vast repository of resources related to the life, times and works of Robert Burns, including resources specific to each of the sites associated with the life of Robert Burns. There is also a host of resources aimed at schools for different age-groups.
http://www.burnsheritagepark.com/- this is the National Trust for Scotland’s site specific to the birthplace sites of Robert Burns. This includes the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world’s most important collection of his life and works.

http://www.worldburnsclub.com/ norw http://www.rbwf.org.uk/ is the Robert Burns Wold Federation site. This includes a section devoted to learning resources for schools.

Education Scotland has a wealth of online resources specifically for schools about the songs, poems and life of Robert Burns.

Education Scotland also has an extensive site of resources to support teaching using Scots language. http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/knowledgeoflanguage/scots/index.asp

Scran is an online database which includes resources ralting to the life and works of Robert Burns, as well as all of the locations where he lived or visited. Click here for more information about Scran.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/robertburns/ The BBC website about Robert Burns combines information about the bard and his works, as well as many audio recordings.

The above resources may provide some ideas for using ICT tools to help provide alternative ways in engaging pupils in the sudy of Scottish literature, and of course may also be adapted to the study of any literature.

Thanks are accorded to Stuart Lennie for the inspiration for the title of this blog post.

Aspiring Aardman, Perhaps Pixar or Destined for Disney? Online tools for creating classroom animations

Digital story-telling using animation tools is a fun way of developing literacy with pupils, whether as an activity by individual pupils on their own, or as collaborative projects in groups.

There are different kinds of animation tools, some which link together a series of photographs which, when played in sequence, create an animated image or film, while others use drawn characters and backgrounds.

All of these engage pupils in developing a story narrative or convey a message in a visual and engaging way, both for the creators and the audience of classroom peers or a wider audience. Which tool to choose depends on the purpose, time or resources available.

SAM Animation

For more about using a series of photographs taken with a simple webcam to create a stop-motion animation using free downloadable  SAM Animation software click here https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/fa/ICTFalkirkPrimaries/2010/07/09/sam-animation-for-creating-stop-motion-animations-in-the-classroom/

Windows Live Movie Maker

Click on the following link to find out more about using a series of photographs with Windows Live Movie Maker for creating a stop-frame animation click here: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/fa/ICTFalkirkPrimaries/2010/09/16/video-editing-with-windows-live-movie-maker/


Shared by @OmarKettlewell is Pencil which is free and open source downloadable animation/drawing software. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animations (cartoons) on screen, and from these export the animations in different formats.

The following tools are all online tools which are free to use and let users draw their own characters and backgrounds or choose from provided banks of characters and templates – all let you animate to create a story.

Kerpoof Make a Movie

http://www.kerpoof.com/ Kerpoof has a suite of creative tools, of which the Make a Movie tool lets users create a frame-by-frame animation. The Kerpoof suite of online tools is specifically geared to education, and younger users. There are lesson plans and teacher guides to help support teachers in using each tool.

The make a movie tool lets users choose from provided backgrounds,objects and characters. Each of these can be placed on a timeline and each object or character can have movements or gestures applied to them at specified points on the timeline. So a character can be set to move from one part of the screen to another, to look surprised, to move arm or kick, and much, much more.

Shawn Avery has created introductory videos to using this movie tool here: http://techtutorials.edublogs.org/2011/10/04/kerpoof/

ABCYa Animation

Www.abcya.com/animate.htm ABCYa Animation to lets users create an animated gif animation, frame by frame, drawing and editing as you go, from 2-40 frame animations. Each frame is hand-drawn using a selection of tools, though you can also duplicate indvidual slides for re-use elsewhere in the animation, and you can also choose to display the contents of a previous slide in the slide being worked on so that it makes it easier to make smooth animated movements. The completed animation is saved as an animated gif, which means it behaves like saving a photograph to your PC and will appear animated when displayed on a website or blog.

DoInk Animation

DoInk Animation http://www.doink.com lets you create individual images with a comprehensive drawing suite and incorporate inton a timeline of similar images to create animations. There is a help guide included with the tool along with a video tutorial showing how to create a frame by frame animation. Users need to register to save work and can also use animation items created by others within their animations.

Domo Animate

Domo Animate is a school-friendly version of the popular Go!Animate animation tool. It lets users create animations with added text bubbles to retel a story. There are several features to ensure this is suitable for use in a school.


Automatoon is a free oline animation tool which is undergoing development and a new version is promised soon.

Digital Films

DigitalFilms is a similar tool to Domo Animate which lets users choose from backgrounds, characters and actions, and add on-screen text bubbles to characters to create an animation oline for free. Since there is a gallery of user-created animations teacher caution is advised to determine whether suitable for use in your classroom.


Muvizu (“Movie Zoo”) is free 3D animation software download for creating high-quality 3D animations with full range of character, object, background, sound effects, dialogue and multi-camera control. Click on the video below to see an example of an animation created using Muvizu with the text of the autobiography of “worst poet” William McGonagall


Fluxtime is an online animation creation tool. You can choose a background, add characters, then move, rotate, resize the characters, and record the animation for sharing. There is also a downloadable version of the software.

Resources to support Animation in the Classroom

“Lights, Camera, Engagement – three tools for creating classroom video” is a post by Ron Peck describing each of three processes which can help engage pupils in learning about their chosen topic through creating videos in different ways: one way is to use Animoto, another is to create a video in the style of Common Craft videos, and the third is to create a Choose-your-own-adventure style video. The process for each is clearly described, and there are helpful links to resources to support teachers.





Still looking for more? Then click on the following link for further animation tools

HP Teacher Experience Exchange Animation tools for the classroom.

The Teaching Ideas site has a great collection of resources to support film-making and animation production in the classroom, including lesson plans, posters, display material and more.

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.

Create Your Own Listening Comprehension Quiz with Video

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tool where your pupils could view a video you’ve found online, and then answer comprehension questions on what they’ve just seen and heard? It would be great, too,  if that tool could have a transcript of the text. And feedback  to the pupil and to the pupil’s teacher about how well the pupil had done. And where you could add notes or links.

Well,  ESLVideo.com is just such a tool (shared by John Sexton on his blog).

If you have found an online video which you think is just right to support work your class is working on, then simply grab the embed code (the steps for doing this are clearly shown on the ESLVideo site) from the video and sign into ESLVideo to paste the code into the ESLVideo site. There you can then add multiple-choice questions, and add a transcript and notes if you wish.

You can then embed the combined video, questions, notes and transcript onto your own website or blog for ease of finding by your pupils. In addition if you add a teacher code (a username you create for your pupils to see) they can add that along with their name to their completed quiz and send it to you through ESLVideo. The teacher can then log in to see which questions pupils have struggled with to offer support as required.

Pupils also get feedback on completing a quiz (a score, the correct and incorrect answers), and they can rate the quiz.

This tool is easy to use for both the teacher creating a quiz, and for the pupil taking the quiz, and is a tool which has many ways which can make use of online videos in the classroom.

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!

Video Tutorials to help get smarter at using your SMART Board interactive whiteboard in the classroom


In order for an interactive whiteboard to become more than simply a projection board, a teacher with a SMART Board interactive whiteboard needs to know how to make use of the interactive features of a SMART Board. And in order to become comfortable in using these tools this site http://www.fuuni.com/smart/smart provides for teachers an easily accessible series of bite-sized videos on specific tasks. So when you need to know how to do a specific task you can quickly find the appropriate video and watch just that video. Each video is only a few minutes in length so is straightforward to get going with just what is needed. Beside the title of each video the length of the video is indicated.

When that skill is embedded there are ideas for moving on to make greater use of the interactive features of the SMART Board. It’s when the interactive features of a SMART Board are used in the classroom that many teachers find the biggest benefits to learning and teaching in their classrooms.

Short task-specific video tutorials are provided for using your SMART Board interactive whiteboard.

These are grouped under categories and then listed as tasks you might wish to need to do.  Each tutorial title indicates the length of each tutorial.  These cover the following:

The Getting Started category includes Get to know your board, How to Check if the Notebook software is installed, Where to Download Notebook from the SMART website, how to Install Notebook on your computer, and how to Find the serial number on your board to activate the full version of the software. It’s worth noting here that SMART Notebook software is free to download to anyone, and the full version is downloadable. However until a user puts in a serial number the software is a time-limited trial version only. This means teachers with a SMART Board in their school can download the software for home use – they just need to have the serial number from their SMART Board.

The Getting Connected category includes videos on how to Connect the cables, and what the status lights mean.

The section on Using Your Computer In A Whole New Way includes orienting the board, Using the onscreen keyboard, right-clicking, and using Ink Aware in Word and PowerPoint. Ink Aware is a neat feature for using Word documents or Powerpoint presentations where the teacher can use the pen tool to write on a Word/Powerpoint document on the SMART Board and then, using Ink Aware, instantly convert it to text within the Word document. This applies to images drawn onto the board too where Ink Aware lets you add them as embedded images in Word/Powerpoint.

A Whiteboard But Smarter – in this category there are videos showing how to Open the Notebook software, Get to know the interface and wide range of tools, Write on the whiteboard, Move and resize your writing, Convert your writing to text, Type text into Notebook, Draw simple shapes using the shape recognition pen, Draw complex shapes using the shapes tool, Fill shapes with colour, and how to Share your created files with pupils and colleagues.

In the final category of video tutorials you will find videos on Creating Engaging Lesson Activities, how to Check if gallery essentials is installed, how to Download and install gallery essentials, an Introduction to the gallery, how to Search for gallery content, how to Browse for gallery content, and where to Find content on the SMART Exchange, Insert content into your lesson, and add your own files to your own My content area.

http://www.fuuni.com/smart/smart is one of many other sites which provide video tutorials on using a SMART Board in an interactive way to support learning and teaching in classrooms.

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