Plan, Load, Scan


Posted by MacKinnon | Posted in ICT, mobile technologies, teachers tools, Video | Posted on November 15, 2012

In a previous post I have discussed the pro’s of using video software with children (such as smartphones or tablets).

In session 4 & 5 we looked at using mobile technologies and why they are useful when working with children.

First of all I explored the use of QR CODES.
A kind of bar-code that can be scanned from different mobile technologies, once scanned the mobile technology will take you to a per-destined area online. These QR codes can give access to videos, websites, sound clips, messages or social networking access. QR codes are becoming more popular and common in daily life, for example, small businesses will have a QR code which a potential customer could scan.
These QR codes could be used around the classroom, to link to blogs or online images that the children had created.
The codes are simple to create and can be done using a website called

The website gives you options of where you would like your code to take you. So when creating a code for this blog I chose the ‘website’ option.
Then pasted my URL into the dedicate box and was brought to this screen.

So using the image below, if a smartphone or other kind of mobile technology scanned the code it would bring them to my blog.





Posted by MacKinnon | Posted in ICT, mobile technologies | Posted on November 9, 2012

During session 4 we looked at the use of mobile technologies for the classroom.
In a small group we decided to make our own film trailer using the ipad app ‘imovie’.

The layout was simple, we had the option to pick a theme for our trailer.
Once we picked the theme this gave us a  structure, with music and shot advice.
We decided on a title and ideas for the on screen text and typed these into the ipad.
Each shot was advised for example ‘Character 1, 3 seconds, close up’.

Having such a strong structure meant that the whole task took us just over an hour.
The film trailer we made was this:



When using this in the classroom I would let children work in small groups and share use of the tablets.
Even young children would be able to use this type of software.
The film trailer types are so specific, most children will be aware of what is necessary.
Films like this are also nice to show to parents or could be shared on a class blog or school website.