Digital Video in the Primary Classroom (online)

This online course will show you how to increase learners’ active involvement in the curriculum through digital video. From finding existing digital video resources, to creating your own digital video project, the course provides a range of practical strategies that you can adopt in your own classroom to enhance your practice and improve your skills.

Duration20 hours (minimum)
Skill LevelBasic
Target AudienceAll primary teachers
PrerequisitesBasic ICT skills. Participants should have experience of carrying out basic ICT tasks (opening, editing, saving, closing files) and be proficient in using an Internet browser.

Online course availability, requirements and access

Dates and enrolment: Enrolment is via from Tuesday, May 11th until all places are taken. Login to with your Scoilnet account to enrol. 

Device:  A laptop, desktop pc or tablet* with the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari installed. An inbuilt or separate microphone, or a smartphone, is required for recording audio for one assignment (only). A good broadband internet connection is essential. *Most tablet devices work well with our course software but some older devices may not be compatible. Please do not use a smartphone to complete the course.

Software/Apps: While this course is free, the content includes examples of many apps and software titles for the purposes of illustration, some of which involve a cost. Also, the course requires all participants to create an account on a choice of (free) apps for video creation and sharing.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be enabled to:

  • Identify ways in which digital video can be used to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Find and evaluate digital video content for use in their classroom
  • Organise and share digital video content with pupils, parents and others
  • Respect and correctly apply privacy, copyright and internet safety rules
  • Follow the steps of the filmmaking process for a learning activity in their class.
  • Create a short digital video for use in their classroom
  • Use diverse and suitable digital video tools for formative and summative assessment
  • Reflect on their practice using digital video and use digital video resources for professional development.
  • Use digital video technologies for pupils with special educational needs.

Course Modules

There are five modules in this course.

  1. Digital Video for Teaching and Learning
  2. Using Digital Video Resources
  3. Promoting Digital Video Skills
  4. Digital Video for Assessment
  5. Digital Video for Professional Development and SEN

The Digital Learning Framework

This course maps to the four domains of the Teaching and Learning dimension of the Digital Learning Framework: Learner Outcomes; Learner Experiences; Teachers’ Individual Practice; Teachers’ Collaborative Practice.

Impact survey and course

Participants enrolling in this course are asked to commit to participating in a follow up (impact) survey and a short course in autumn, on “Using Digital Technologies in the Primary Classroom”, which enables participants to reflect on their practice and share their experiences of implementing learning from the course in their own classrooms with other teachers who completed the summer course.

Important information for participants

A high standard of participant engagement on this course is required for successful completion. This involves communication with both the course e-tutor and fellow course participants as well as completion of several activities. Throughout the course, participants will be required to join in a range of online discussions and complete a number of tasks. These include a lesson outline which incorporates the use of digital technologies in their own classroom and a reflective learning log. Participants are required to meaningfully engage with their e-tutor and other participants in the discussion forums and provide feedback on resources and comments shared by other participants. Throughout the course, participants will maintain a Learning Record which demonstrates their achievement of the course learning outcomes.

Please also note the following three important points:

  • Participants are required to use their name as registered with the Teaching Council
  • Plagiarism will not be tolerated
  • Impersonation is a breach of the terms of service.