Catching Resources

Step 3:  Gathering Resources

Resources can be gathered in a number of ways:

  • From the Internet
  • Creating Your Own

Gathering Resources from the Internet

Care must be taken here because your students may want to do the following with their work:
  • Enter a competition
  • Publish their video on YouTube
  • Publish their video on their blog or website
  • Use it is some other way that is public
If the work is only going to be seen by the teacher, class or panellists, students can use copyrighted images and videos in their work. However, we have had problems where students produced outstanding work which they later wanted to publish or enter in competitions but were unable to as they had used copyrighted images.

With this in mind we are going to look at how to find and use Creative Commons images.


  • Open the document of collected images. 
  • Click on the links next to any pictures you identified for use in your plan in the last step (use your iPad)
  • Tap and hold the image to save it to the Camera Roll
  • Copy and paste the attributions into the table you already created in the planning step.

What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons License Terms
Creative Commons, Licence Terms, CC BY 3.0 Australia


Now it's time to find and attribute a few images for yourself.  Go to Google and type in CC Search. Save the images to camera roll on your iPad and add the attributions to your table.

Considerations when teaching in the classroom:

  • get attributions at time of saving photo so you don't lose it
  • encourage taking own photos
  • bookmarking photos first can be a good way to keep references\attributions

Creating Your Own Media

There are many techniques you can use to do this.  We will explore some of the most common:

  • Take your own photos
  • Take your own video
  • Edit your pictures
  • Make images to use
  • Make graphs
  • Record sound
  • Record music

Taking Your Own Video and Photos

Editing on an iPad
  • It is SO much easier to take the pictures and videos directly onto the iPad.
  • Photos and video can also be uploaded to Google Drive or emailed to yourself and saved to camera roll easily enough from other devices - but this takes time.
  • Moving video from one device to another is problematic. It can be done using an SD card attachment to an older style plug (won't work on your new iPad minis)
Editing on a Computer
  • Use whatever you want to capture photos and videos.
  • All cameras and video cameras will have a cable that connects to the computer.  When the window with all the options pops up select the "Browse on my computer" option.  Go through the folders - DCIM first - the files are almost always found in the first folder inside here but sometimes you may have to open them all to find the right ones. If you use cut and paste to copy the files onto your computer you will automatically delete them from the camera.  
  • If you use an iPhone you will create an mp4 video file which will need to be converted to use Video Pad (remember it's free software so there are some limitations)
Tips for Taking Good Quality Photos and Videos
  • use a tripod or something to rest the device on - stand on the other side of a fence and rest the device on the fence; use a golf club\hockey stick\some other sports equipment that may be nearby and rest the device on top of it (even another student's shoulder - provided they stand still)
  • don't shoot into the sun - the sun on the side is best to avoid lens flares, your shadow and people squinting

Edit Your Photos - iPad

Once you have an image on your iPad you have several ways to edit it:

  • good for cropping, adding text or labels, adding arrows etc
  • save finished work to camera roll

  • Open Skitch
  • Tap the '+'
  • Take a Photo (opens the camera) or Choose a Photo (get from camera roll)
  • Play with the tools to add arrows, circles and text to the image. 
  • Save to camera roll

  • Other photo editing apps - there are heaps of them out there just download and try them out


  • Turn out the lights and take a too dark photo.  
  • Open iPhoto
  • Tap Camera Roll and find the picture you want to edit (swipe to find it)
  • Tap Edit in the top right (if you can't see the menu down the bottom)
  • Tap the magic want in the bottom middle
  • Does your photo look better (you can undo with the backward arrow at the top left)? If so Click the Share Button at the top right (don't worry about location services) and click camera roll.

Considerations when teaching to students:

  • remember to leave space at top and bottom of keynote slide
  • you can put a picture into a keynote slide to give it spacing around it
  • play the keynote so you have only the image you want in full screen
  • need good quality images
  • images should match the script

Edit Your Photos on Computer

Microsoft Office Picture Manager 

  • Brightness, colour correct, crop, rotate and red eye removal
  • Save as to make a new image with your corrections (so you don't lose the original)

Activity (Day 2)
Open picture manager and crop an image. Make sure you "Save As"

  • Students may have learnt how to use this software - it's way beyond our scope today.

Considerations when teaching to your class:

Make Images to Use

Keynote (iPad) and Powerpoint (PC)

  • The simplest and easiest way to create images to use is to create a slide in keynote or powerpoint and do a screen capture.
    • Screen capture on iPad - click home and power buttons together
    • Screen capture on PC - Windows and S together - draw a box around what you want to be in the picture (if this doesn't work open and close One Note and then it will)
  • You can make
    • images just containing text on a blank background for impact during your movie
    • combined images and text
    • diagrams \ smart art
    • graphs

Activity - Day 1 Use Keynote; Day 2 Use Powerpoint

Keynote instructions:

  • Create a new document (+ in top left)
  • Create a slide with text and a picture
    • The first slide should already have a picture and text (if not make a new slide using the + in the bottom left and choose this type of layout)
    • Double tap the text box to edit it
    • Tap out of the box
    • Tap the box once and then tap the paintbrush (top right) If you tap on text then the top line eg 80pt Helvetica you will be able to change the colour, font and size - use the back arrow at the top of the box to move back.
    • Drag your text into your preferred position on the page
  • Create a slide with some large text as per your plan eg "Did you know?"
    • Make a blank slide that you can add text in (+ bottom left)
    • Double tap the text box to edit it
    • Tap out of the box
    • Tap the box once and then tap the paintbrush (top right) If you tap on text then the top line eg 80pt Helvetica you will be able to change the colour, font and size - use the back arrow at the top of the box to move back.
    • Drag your text into your preferred position on the page
  • Create a slide with a diagram
    • Create a blank slide (+ bottom left)
    • Tap the + at the top right
    • Select Shapes
    • Use the shapes to create a diagram
    • Swiping through gives different colour sets
    • Tap a shape to add it to the screen
    • Double tapping a shape on the screen allows you to enter text into the shape
  • Create a graph
    • Create a blank slide (+ bottom left)
    • Tap the + at the top right
    • Select Charts
    • Select the type of chart you want to make (tap to add to screen)
    • Tap the graph on the screen and select edit Data 
    • Tap the graph on the screen and tap the paintbrush to change colours, select Chart Options at the bottom of this window for adding a legend, title, series name etc
Considerations for when you teach to your class:

Powerpoint Instructions (Day 2)

Make various types of slides - objects can be added from the Insert Tab:
  • text only
  • text and picture
    • have you seen the new picture editing tools eg reflection, 3D effects etc that you can add to photos
  • diagram - use smart art
  • chart - play with the formatting features

Considerations for when you teach to your class:

Extension - Recording Sound

Recording Your Voice - iPad

  • Use garage band to record your voice
  • Export the "song" directly into iMovie
  • Steps
    • Open Garage Band
    • Click the + at the top left for a new song
    • When you can see instruments swipe and select "Audio Recorder" 
    • Tap record (red circle). Talk. Tap stop (square) to stop recording.
    • Tap play (triangle) to listen to yourself.
    • Just to the left of these controls is a picture of a microphone and a box with horizontal lines.  Tap this box with lines. You should have one purple box here.
    • Tap the microphone picture to go back to the recorder.
    • Tap record again and speak some more (make sure you wait until the line is off what is already recorded and it turns red).
    • Be aware that one section is only 8 bars and just over 15 seconds in duration.  You can record and add multiple 15 second sound recordings to your iMovie - you just have to make each one in a separate file.


Once you have the hang of how garage band works tap on my songs and create a new song.  Record the script for your video.

Recording Your Voice - PC

  • You have a sound recorder program on your laptop.
  • Click the red circle to start recording.
  • Square to stop.
  • Save to an appropriate location.

Considerations when teaching to your class:

EXTENSION - Creating Your Own Song with limited Musical Skill - iPad - The girls love this!

  • In Garage Band start a new song
  • Select an instrument that is a "Smart Instrument"
  • Choose one of the autoplay options record.
  • Choose another instrument, select an autoplay option. Record
  • Keep layering your song.