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What is Scran?
Scran is part of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. It aims to provide educational access to digital materials representing our material culture and history. This is provided through Scran Ltd who are one of the largest educational online services in the UK supporting over 4,000 schools, libraries, colleges and universities. A short demonstration video of the Scran can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/HjPfwb .




Why use Scran?
Scran works in partnership with over 300 cultural institutions in Scotland and the rest of the UK. This learning resource service hosts 360,000 images, movies and podcasts from museums, galleries, archives and the media. It can be used as a superior form of clip art or for particular learning applications. The higher education area of Scran can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/HfWjyD.



Example of Scran's Newsletter:
Each term Scran releases a newsletter that contains full-colour pictures and text related to a specific context alongside new content available on Scran's website. The newsletter can be read as a flash file or a PDF document which can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/GVT12P.









The following Top Ten reasons for using Scran in Higher Education:

  • Free access to staff and students
  • Search the whole Scran database
  • View any size of image
  • Use all the tools
  • Share resources with other licensed users using Scran (colleagues and students)
  • Download images for any educational use in your institution
  • Use Scran Create tool to create worksheets within Scran
  • Scran site is flexible and user-friendly
  • Saves problem over copyright materials
  • Links to many subject areas

How To Use Scran:
The following provides a quick start guide:

1. Go to Scran's website: http://www.scran.ac.uk/.
2. Whilst at University you will be automatically logged into Scran. However, whilst outwith University you can use your University username and password to access Scran. The login option can be located at the right-hand side of the screen, The following image is how this will look whilst at University:
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3. Use the Navigation Menu to find Pathfinder Packs, under resources, and Subject Topics.

4. When you search topics, using the search tool at the top of the page, a range of different types of resources will be shown: images, podcasts, videos and pathfinders. The pathfinders are collections of Scran records specifically selected to illustrate a particular topic.

5. The Create tool allows you to create PDF document using a wide range of templates. Prior to creating a document you need to find an image. Underneath your selected image are four links: Open, Create, Album and Stuff. Select Create then a template which you can then edit as required.

6. Further tutorials how to use Scran can be accessed at: http://www.scran.ac.uk/training/

To find out more about Scran contact Sharon Tonner (s . a . tonner @ dundee . ac . uk).