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.



Child Stars


Posted by MacKinnon | Posted in History, ICT, Video | Posted on November 10, 2012

As mentioned in the previous post, making videos with children can be an easily accessible way of introducing your class to using ICT. This post is about using filming across the curriculum and not necessarily using ipads. Not all schools will have the funding to provide ipads throughout the school, it is common for schools to have either flip cams or other video cameras that can be used across the school.
Creating videos with children is a great way of bringing ICT into the classroom. It gives your class a level of poetic licence and watches opportunity to explore a new programme.

During a second year seminar we explored using video programmes to make our own videos.
Students using video software
Just another example of the maturity of students with a video camera.

Examples of programmesthat could be used with children is Windows Live Movie Maker. There is an online guide for teachers planning on using this in the classroom.

Using video is a way to bring subjects together, ideas for projects could be making a news show about current world issues or school based. Older children could make songs for times tables or educational adverts.

Personally I think making a horrible histories type viedo would be fun for the whole class to do. The children could work in small groups and make up a short drama, then combine them to make a whole class programme.

An example of a Horrible Histories Video

I have also typed this whole post on an iPad, which I must say has been a struggle. Especially relating to copying and pasting and auto correct. As an apple user I would love to say I found this a breeze but I wilhave to go back and spell check, fix my hyperlinks and then this can be published.