digital media

‘Movie in a Day’ @ D’Mains Primary

Primary 6B at Davidson’s Mains Primary School worked with retired Drama specialist Marjory Sweeney and film maker Brian English of “Movie in a Day” to make a movie in a day. The class experienced the entire process of film making including pre-production, production and post-production.

Prior to the day of filming the class received a script for which they had to audition and screen test actors, create sets, costumes and posters to publicise the event. On the day of filming the children were in teams and supported in filming, directing and editing the movie. They were taught how to get the best shot, how to film a picture and how to direct their actors. Using iMovie the editing team inserted music and cut scenes to create the final one minute film.

The day culminated in the premiere of the movie where pupils were able to celebrate success and receive feedback for future projects. ‘Movie in a Day’ is ideal for P6 pupils who can then develop and share their skills with younger pupils. Take a look at the final product produced entirely by the children!

Bannockburn Film Competition


As part of the programme of events to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) are launching the Battle of Bannockburn Short Film Competition to encourage school pupils to create new works which interpret Bannockburn from their own perspective.

For centuries the events that took place at Bannockburn on the 23rd and 24th of June 1314 have inspired and influenced people. Through art, song and the written word pieces have been created to commemorate those fateful days.

Entries can be made using live action, any form of animation or anything else pupils can imagine and create. Entries do not need to portray events during the battle, they can be set in any place or time. The only limitation is length, films can be no longer than five minutes (including any credits).

Films must be created by the pupils themselves. The prize for the winning entry will include film making equipment and inclusion as an online resource on the Battle of Bannockburn website. The winning entry will be chosen by a judging panel, which will include a public online vote.

Terms and conditions, pupil permissions and entry forms are all available here

For more information or just to tell us how you are getting on email Tania at

Digital Commonwealth Project

Commonwealth Games logoThe Digital Commonwealth team are looking for clusters of schools to participate in an exciting digital media project funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the University of the West of Scotland and the MediaTrust.

The project aims to involve every Local Authority in Scotland in the digital reporting of the Commonwealth themes in the run up to the Queen’s Baton Relay in June 2014. They will work with schools to promote digital media literacy skills through a series of specialist workshops with associated learning materials mapped to Curriculum for Excellence requirements. These workshops will focus on audio, video, blogging and social media storytelling techniques, for up to 20 pupils (at P6 – S2 level) per cluster.

Further information about the project can be found by clicking here.

Any Edinburgh schools or clusters who are interested should contact the Digital Learning Team on 0131 469 2999 or

Infographics – what are they and how to make your own!

Information graphics, or infographics, are everywhere. They are used to communicate information, often stats and other data, clearly and quickly. Infographics are effective because of their high visual element – they appeal to the large proportion of visual learners.


One example of a famous infographic is the London Underground map, but infographics can be found in journalism, on TV, for marketing products and services, for sharing information on social media sites and in education.

You can find fabulous examples of infographics at (we particularly like the ones about the Titanic, Twitter, the telephone and Joey Barton).

“They’re amazing, but I’m not a graphic designer…” Don’t worry – even the most graphically challenged of us can come up with an eye-catching result using one of a number of online infographic creation sites such as: easel.lyinfogr.ampiktochart

How could you and your students use infographics to enhance learning? What could be represented in this way? Let us know what you come up with and we will post some infographics that you and/or your students have made here.


One Day Digital – free digital design opportunity for 13-16 year olds

One Day DigitalPlease share this with your students…

(click on the poster image on the left to download and share)

Are you 13-16 years old? Would you like to design and make your own app? website? animation? game? or try our a 3D printer?

Mozilla, BBC, STV, Young Rewired State, Coder Dojo and others are offering a FREE Saturday design and make session on the 30th of March in Edinburgh.

The only Edinburgh session with spaces left is Digital Storytelling Techniques with STV: Are you a budding journalist? Come along and take part in this session hosted by STV to find out more about the digital story-telling techniques they use to deliver the news. Timelines, maps, streams and info-graphics are used every day to help inform viewers, in this session you will use these tools to tell your story. Click here now to book your space before the session is full.

There are also other sessions taking place throughout March in Dundee, Aberdeen and Glasgow and there are spaces available on a number of different sessions, so if you can travel have a look and see what’s available.

Animations by Victoria Primary School

The P7 students from Victoria Primary School came to visit the Digital Learning Team and learned how to create a stop-frame animation. The students wrote their own storylines, formed their characters from plasticine and other bits and pieces (look out for the handwritten parts…) and created the animation using I Can Animate. They then added titles, transitions and sound using iMovie. You can see some of their animations below. Well done P7!

Victoria Animation – Clayzilla from Digital TandL on Vimeo.

Victoria Animation – The Letters from Digital Learning Team on Vimeo.

Explain Everything

“While we teach, we learn.” Seneca, Roman Philosopher, d. 65AD.

Explain Everything is the App for iPad (£1.99 in the App Store) that allows you to… explain everything. Explaining something to someone else is one of the best ways of understanding, retaining and applying information. Using Explain Everything students can explain how they created a piece of work, came to a certain point of view, found the answer to a question and demonstrate knowledge Teachers can explain points of learning or next steps. Videos can be shared in a variety of ways.

Watch the video below for more information or go to the Explain Everything website for further information explanation 🙂