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There are several resources that enable pupils to combine images with sound / narration to create a visual story as a short video and one of the most popular free resources is Photostory 3.


Photostory 3 is a free download form Microsoft that allows the user to import digital images and organize them into a sequence to produce a simple slideshow affect. The software also allows the user to manipulate the images using simple panning, zooming and transitions to greatly enhance the images used. Text, narration and background music can then be added to produce a simple but effective movie presentation. Photostory 3 needs a PC with Microsoft XP and Microsoft Media Player 10 or higher.

To download Photostory 3 – click here.To download Windows Media Player 11 – click here.

To download a guide to using Photostory 3 click here.

For video tutorials of how to use Photostory 3 click here. The website refers to the film created as a photo-movie.

Resources for creating Photostory 3 videos

If you are a member of the Bradford Learning Network you can access these resources for free in school.

SCRAN - Copyright cleared images for use in education that can be safely searched by children.

Audio Network - Copyright cleared sound files for use in education

I Can AnimateI Can Animate allows you to create high quality movies using a variety of animation techniques. You can work with different video layers so that you can create an animation from video captured from a camera, pictures you have drawn yourself or both together. It also utilises green screen technology and is available as an App for the iPad / iPod. (PC and Mac)

For prices and further details – click here.

Zu3DZu3D allows you to create quality movies using a variety of animation techniques. You can work with different video layers so that you can create an animation from video captured from a camera, pictures you have drawn yourself or both together. It also utilises green screen technology. (PC and Mac)

For prices and further details – click here.

Kar2oucheKar2ouche is a piece of software that allows children to use 3D figures to create storyboards and animated sequences to support all areas of the curriculum. There are a large variety of content packs available designed to support Literacy, History, PSHCE, etc. which allow children to demonstrate their understanding of a subject in an exciting and imaginative way. (PC and Mac)

For prices and further details – click here.

Complete AnimatorComplete Animator is a piece of software aimed at all ages that allows children to animate sketches / drawings in a simple and easy to understand way. These animations can then be used to build a simple story or sequence. (PC only)

For prices and further details – click here.

iStopMotioniStopMotion is a powerful and exciting resource which allows images captured by video camera webcam or other digital device to be manipulated and animated. The software is capable of producing high quality and complex animations. (Mac only)

For prices and further details – click here.


There is a large range of other hardware / software resources available that you can use to produce your animation

Please note

Digital animation entries must be a maximum of 3 minutes long.

Visual story entries must be a maximum of 3 minutes long.

Film entries must be a maximum of 5 minutes long.

Primary School Categories

Digital animation KS1

(Maximum of 6 children to work on each entry)

Digital animation Y3/4

(Maximum of 6 children to work on each entry)

Digital animation Y5/6

(Maximum of 6 children to work on each entry)

Visual story KS1

(Maximum of 4 children to work on each entry)

Visual story Y3/4

(Maximum of 4 children to work on each entry)

Visual story Y5/6

(Maximum of 4 children to work on each entry)

Video / movies KS1

(Maximum of 8 children to work on each entry)

Video / movies Y3/4

(Maximum of 8 children to work on each entry)

Video / movies y5/6

(Maximum of 8 children to work on each entry)

Special School categories 

Digital animation

(No limit on children to work on each entry)

Visual Story 

(No limit on children to work on each entry)

Video / movies

(No limit on children to work on each entry)

Please note registration has to be completed by Friday 27th April and the entry submission deadline is Friday 22nd June.

The competition is a celebration of any ICT driven creative work done in schools that culminates in the production of an animation, visual story or video / movie. The category 'visual story' is a new category expanding on the Photostory 3 category from previous years. Entries for this category combine images and sounds into a short film using any software including Photostory 3. If you think you have some suitable work to enter or think you will be able to create an appropriate entry before the 22nd June deadline then read the information in the categories section and then complete the online registration form.

Click this link for the online registration form and complete it with the necessary details; note that communication will be via e-mail and this website.

You need to make sure that you have parental permission for use of pupil images for any entries and you will be asked to confirm this when registering. If you do not have such a form in school please use / adapt the one here

You need to keep these safe and make the Curriculum Innovation team aware of any parents who do not sign so that their children's images are not captured on the day of the 'Finals' or used online.

Please note that it is the school's responsibility to ensure that any images, videos and audio they use in their entries adheres to copyright laws and you will be asked to confirm this when entering.

Once you have registered you have until Friday 22nd June to submit your entries by uploading them to a dropbox folder (full details of how to do this will be provided). Your entry should be in AVI or WMV format and not DVD format or online. The entries will then be viewed by our panel and a shortlist of finalists produced. Unfortunately we do not have time to show all entries at the Finals. Those successful schools will be notified and offered seats at the final to watch all the finalist entries in the competition. Any schools who do not reach the finals will also be offered tickets to attend the event.

The final will take place in the Pictureville Theatre at the National Media Museum in Bradford on the afternoon of Monday 2nd July (please note this has been amended from the original date of the 9th July) and is a black tie affair. At the final each school group is given an interactive voting pad and the audience then votes for their winners. Oscars, certificates and prizes are then presented to the winners.

For further information please e-mail


Cost: £90 per Day or £ 200 for all three sessions 2 Delegates for all three session  £300

 Please note the first cohort for this programme is now full. We will be giving details of cohort 2 on this site shortly. If you want to register you interest in cohort 2 please complete this short form

 February 3rd 2012 at The Innovation Centre Bradford: ICT for Enhancing Pedagogy 

9.00-9.10 Welcome/Objectives and outcomes9.10-9.45 National and Regional Updatea) Implications of the White paper b) Ofsted: New requirementsc) New Curriculum: Vocational courses and implications for an academic ICT curriculum9:45-10:30 Sutton Trust Workshop: After metanalysis of classroom practices, a hierarchy of effective techniques has been suggested. We will examine how we could implement some of their ideas in our schools10:30-10:50 Break and networking10:50-12:00 Case studies of good practice: School improvement using technology (Primary, Secondary and SEN). Vendor Workshops IRIS/GCSE pod/I am learning/Steljes etc12.00-12.10 Action Planning/Use of the Self Review Framework12:10-12:30 HANDS ON: with the latest kit. Tablets and their uses

Websites mentioned DownloadsFeedback form


April 24th 2012: The Innovation Centre Keighley: ICT Supporting Assessment.

9:00 -9:30 National and Regional Update

9:30 - 10:30 Data : CBMDC deep data team.: Do you know your students? How do you use data to differentiate and close gaps? RAISE online, Use of PIVOT tables.

10:30 - 10:50 Break and networking

10:50 - 11:30 Innovation in Assessment : Using ICT.

11:30 - 12:00 ICT for student voice.

12:00 - 12:30 HANDS ON : of use of student response systems across the curriculum, audio/visual enhancement in your school.


Wednesday 20th June 2012: The Innovation Centre Bradford : Transferring Best Practice.

9:00 -9:30 National and Regional Update

9:30 - 10:50 Teachmeet:"Streamed, broadcast and archived" -Outstanding practice that can be replicated in your classroom. Includes refreshments and special guest presenters. This dynamic CPD opportunity will be live and then made available to our community of practice.

10:50 - 12:30 Introduction to using Apple Technology for schools - is it compatible? Is it cost effective etc? How Macs and Mobile Mac can be used to engage and motivate.

Curriculum Innovation Premium Services for 2013 - 2014.

The cost to access all the ‘Premium Services’ below is only £200 per school / setting saving £600.

Below is a summary of the events, competitions and other services that are included in the ‘Premium Services’ offer. Further details will be circulated to all relevant schools throughout the year.

Please note that you can purchase each of these Premium services individually through a 'Bespoke Subscription bolt-on'.

Cars - Maths in Motion (CMIM): Cost as a bespoke subscription 'bolt-on' - £100.

This continues to be a very popular annual competition allowing schools to use mathematical skills and knowledge to create virtual F1 cars and race them against pupils from other schools. This is a national competition and Bankfoot Primary became the 2010 and 2011 KS2 ‘National Champions’. Schools buy their own software and we provide free training & support that includes a CMIM blog, two Face to Face races, and management of online leagues for those schools participating. All participating pupils receive certificates and there are medals for the overall winning school.

Annual Film & Animation competition: Cost as a bespoke subscription 'bolt-on' - £100.

This is an annual black tie / red carpet showcase event at the National Media Museum allowing children to share films and animations they have created throughout the year. The entries received are short listed and the successful entries are shown at the Pictureville Theatre where schools use an interactive voting system to vote for their winners. The winning entries receive an Oscar and a prize. This is a great way to celebrate the digital media work created by our pupils and a wonderful event to end the year for pupils, parents and staff.

Interactive video conferencing experiences: Cost as a bespoke subscription 'bolt-on' - £100.

Last year the Curriculum Innovation team successfully delivered the ‘Santa video conferencing experience’ to many schools. This year we will once again provide your pupils with access to the ‘big guy’ by video conferencing with the North Pole. We will also be running two further ‘video conferencing interview experiences’ allowing pupils to conference with famous historical characters that will be announced later in the year.

Discounted access to Innovation Centre provision: Cost as a bespoke subscription 'bolt-on' - £100.

The Innovation Centres provide technology resource boxes, digital day experiences and training spaces for events and meetings. Subscribing to this premium service will allow schools to purchase provision at the ‘subscribing school’ price advertised on the website. This includes significant savings to loan equipment, room bookings, 3rd millennium learning experiences, laser etching and other services.

The digital box experience: Cost as a bespoke subscription 'bolt-on' - £50 (two week loan).

Many schools want to gain experience of technologies such as iPads, iPods and Kindles in the classroom but have limited budgets to purchase these. The digital box contains 2 iPad 2s, 2 Kindles and 6 iPods all fully loaded with apps and books that you can share with your staff and pupils over a 2 week period. This will give you the valuable experience you require to make informed decisions with regard to purchasing the appropriate technologies to meet your school’s needs. You are also entitled to a half day of consultancy at the discounted rate of £175 to further support staff’s understanding of the effective use of these technologies in the classroom if requested.

Kodu Games Programming Competition: Cost as a bespoke subscription 'bolt-on' - £100.

The draft changes to the ICT / Computer Science curriculum to be statutory in September 2014 include several attainment targets specific to programming and coding. Kodu is a free programming resource from Microsoft allowing the creation of high quality and engaging interactive games. Using this free software schools will be invited to enter a termly competition (KS2 and KS3) to find the best games designers in Bradford! Schools will receive free training and support and the termly winners in each Key Stage will receive a prize.

'The Learning Arcade’: Cost as a bespoke subscription 'bolt-on' - £50

Many schools are engaging their pupils utilising GBL (games based learning) and innovative mobile technologies. The Curriculum Innovation team have set up a games based learning area (available from September 2013 at the Innovation Centre Bradford) where schools can trial numerous games, game consoles, apps and mobile technologies and decide which of these technologies are appropriate to needs of their school.

‘ICT online’: Cost as a bespoke subscription 'bolt-on' - £150

The Curriculum Innovation team use the Innovation Centres website as their primary online resource to schools and other partners. We provide as much ‘free’ provision as we can but some provision is very costly to develop and is now located behind login as ‘ICT online’. This provision will develop over the year but presently includes full access to the Bradford ICT scheme of work, 3rd millennium learning case studies and a new resource called digital master classes. The digital master classes are short videos and online resources modelling how to use a technology effectively in the classroom. Present resources include how to embed video, sound and other content in a blog, how to create effective animations, making the most of Google docs and many more. These are ideal cost effective ways to enhance your school’s CPD provision. We will try and develop future resources to meet your needs on request.

(e)Safeguarding health-check: Cost as a bolt-on - £50.

Many schools have (e)Safeguarding policies and practices in place and the health-check allows your provision to be evaluated by a qualified ‘(e)Safety Mark’ assessor. The health-check normally costs £150 for 1.5 hour session but this option allows you to access this on request at the discounted price of £75.

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The Curriculum Innovation team works in partnership with schools developing the use of innovative learning technologies across the whole school. As well as the subscription package meetings and planned CPD sessions already outlined (and available through this website) we offer staff meetings, twilights, half day and full day in school consultancy, etc. on demand. These sessions can be purchased separately or through subscription packages already outlined.

The provision below represents some of the more popular sessions we provide. If you would like to request further information around one of these sessions or request some other form of provision please contact Sarah Hawkins - or complete this form.

Blogging: Blogs are quick and relatively easy to maintain and provide a worldwide audience for your school and pupils to share their thoughts. There are many case studies from schools highlighting the impact blogging has had on attainment in writing. We can create and manage a blog for you and also provide an introductory session to blogging including initial install, managing users, creating posts and managing comments. We can also provide more in-depth sessions providing opportunities for staff to create blogs and examine how blogs can be used effectively to raise attainment across the school.

Podcasting: Podcasting allows pupils to record audio recordings and publish them to a worldwide audience. This is powerful way to increase speaking and listening skills as well as developing writing. We can provide a short introductory session to podcasting using software such as Podium, Audacity or Audioboo or a more in depth session with opportunities for staff to create podcasts and further explore how they can be used effectively to raise attainment.

Photo Story 3: This classic piece of free software is still widely used to create wonderful presentations simply combining images and audio to demonstrate learning across the whole curriculum. We can provide a short introductory session using free software downloaded from the Microsoft website where staff produce their own Photo Story 3 project or a more in depth session exploring how the resource can be used effectively to raise attainment across all areas of the curriculum and particularly Literacy.

(e)Safeguarding for staff: Sessions delivered can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your school. Sessions include focusing on the benefits and potential issues of using a variety of communication technologies, web based resources and mobile devices in school. Issues covered include, cyberbullying, data security, access to inappropriate content, fraping, sexting, location based settings, safe and appropriate use of social media, terms and conditions of online resources, copyright and developing Acceptable Use Policies for pupils and staff.

(e)Safeguarding for parents: Sessions delivered can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your parents. The delivery of these sessions can be during or after school and is very different from the (e)Safeguarding session delivered to staff as it focuses on (e)Safeguarding for parents and pupils in the home and on mobile / gaming devices. Areas covered include safe and responsible use of social media, online shopping and banking, downloading and copyright, use of webcams and digital images, safely browsing the web, data security on your home PC, phishing, location based settings, identity theft and other online scams.

The Digital Creative Curriculum: These sessions demonstrate how technology can be embedded effectively across the curriculum to raise attainment and are custom built to the needs of your school. Schools can identify the area of school improvement or curriculum area they wish to enhance / improve and we will work with them to identify appropriate technologies and pedagogies to achieve this. Alternatively schools can identify the technologies they wish to make use of and we can provide advice and support to use them effectively across the curriculum.

Mobile Learning: One of the biggest technological investments in schools at the moment is in mobile devices and particularly tablets (iPads and other devices). However, there are many questions that need addressing before you invest in a specific technology. They include, what are you aiming to achieve with your investment? What technology is most suitable to achieve this? What is your present network / WiFi infrastructure and does this need upgrading? How will you deploy and manage these devices and the content on them? How will you purchase content? How will staff and pupils use them in school and what pedagogical changes do you expect? What are the CPD needs of staff and pupils to achieve this? What are the (e)Safeguarding issues involved and how will you address these? How sustainable is your investment? Our team is very experienced in dealing with all these questions and we can provide the necessary training and consultancy to ensure your investment is cost effective and meets your needs.

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