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MTN2 Technical Requirements


This website works best with a desktop or laptop computer capable of displaying at a minimum resolution of 1024 pixels by 768 pixels in 32 bit colour. The website is fully compatible with a range of web browsers and has been tested on:

Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (Windows XP Service pack 2 or better), 7 & 8
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.x
  • Google Chrome


  • Google Chrome
  • Safari 4
  • Firefox 3


Adobe Flash Player
Many of the interactive elements on this website require the Flash Player Plugin version 10 or above.
Download Adobe Flash Player from Adobe's Website.

Documents on this website

Documents on this website may be published in a variety of formats these include:

Webcam & Microphone

A webcam and microphone are not required to use MTN2, but if you wish to create video and audio articles they will enhance the experience.

  • A webcam can be used in the MTN2 Media Editor to enable students to record audio and video.
  • A microphone can be used in the Media Editor to enable students to record audio.

About MTN2

Making The News 2 is a multimedia-rich online news publishing channel. Students at registered schools can create news articles that incorporate text, sound and video (using online sound and video editor) and, once approved by a teacher, publish their news stories to the world.

Just as on the BBC News site, anyone, anywhere can view and comment on published articles which can include text, images, video and sound files.

Unlike the BBC, MTN2 allows students to create and publish their own multimedia articles. Online tools allow users to edit video and sound files and manipulate images.

Students receive feedback on their work not just from the moderating teacher but also from other users of the site. These comments are moderated by a teacher.

Registering For MTN2

How do I register?
Teacher registers on the site by completing an online form

All fields marked * are mandatory.

All registrations are processed by a person so if you use gobbledegook in any of the fields your application will not be processed.

Registration may take up to a week.

Once your application has been processed you will receive an email informing you that your account is now live.

Who can register with MTN2?
Only teachers/classroom assistants can register with MTN2. We will not accept registrations from anyone who does not have an official position within a school (or similar local authority provision.)

Can any teacher register for MTN2?
Any teacher employed at a state school in a Local Authority who�s RBC has contributed the production of MTN2 can register.

Contributing RBCs are: CLEO, E2BN, EMBC, LGfL, SEGfL, SWGfL, NorthernGrid and YHGfL

If you are not employed in a school in one of these local authorities, your school has opted out of LA provision (i.e. your school is an academy or 'free' school), or you are employed at overseas or private school you can still register and use MTN2 upon payment of a yearly subscription fee.

I am a home educator can I register?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept registrations from home educators as we have no reliable mechanism of ensuring that you have been CRB checked nor would we have any redress should a home educator publish an article which breached copyright or was consider inappropriate.

What does registration involve?
When a teacher or classroom assistant registers with MTN2 an administrator for their region will contact the school to establish that the registrant is a member of staff and has undergone an appropriate vetting process (in the UK CRB checked). To help us with this please ensure that the school contact information that you provide is correct.

Why do teachers need to register with MTN2?
Teachers need to register with MTN2 so that we can create a user account for them which will give them the ability to register students and to moderate their students work. Registered teachers can also leave messages for students about their work. Only registered teachers can publish student work and are responsible for ensuring that the published work is not inappropriate for the site�s audience � (Children aged 10 to 16)

Several teachers at my school want to use MTN2 with their students, is this a problem?
MTN2 supports multiple teacher users at a single school.

If there are several teachers registered at a school will they all get access to all students at that school�s work?
If there is more than one teacher registered at a school, students will select the appropriate teacher to submit their work to from a drop down list.

I am a student and my teacher isn�t registered. Can I use MTN2?
Only a registered teacher may set up accounts for students. Show your teacher the site and explain how you think it might help you and your classmates develop your skills. If you can convince your teacher that it would be helpful we�ll happily register them.

E2BN Content - E-Safety Guidance

Many E2BN projects make provision for users (usually children) to upload materials to our websites and to comment upon the work of other users. Because we provide a means of online communication between children, it is essential that E2BN makes every effort to ensure that child contributors are not put at risk of harm or unwanted contact via our websites nor do they use our websites to communicate inappropriate personal information, to bully or threaten others or publish content that would cause offence to others.

Preventing inappropriate material on our sites
Where ever an E2BN site allows users to submit comments or content there is a �reminder� that the site is for educational purposes and that language and content must be appropriate. Because children and young people occasionally ignore this reminder or have different standards of appropriateness no child or young person can publish anything on any E2BN sites without the materials first being �approved� by an adult user with administrator privileges.

Who has administration privileges?
Only registered users have administration privileges. Registered users are all teachers, LA staff or E2BN staff. All will have been CRB checked by their own organisation.

Who can be an administrator?
Teachers, classroom assistants, youth workers, educational health workers, museums education officers, LA educational personnel and RBC staff can register as administrators. These professionals work in areas where CRB checking is a standard practise and the E2BN phone call to the employing organisation is about checking that the registrant is indeed employed in one of these roles.

Who can�t be an administrator?
Individuals who are not employed by a CRB checking organisation cannot be administrators. This includes parents, who are educating their children at home, independent tutors, members of the general public...

How does E2BN ensure that administrators are who they claim?
Everyone seeking registration as an E2BN administrator must complete an online registration form and give the contact details of their employer organisation. A member of E2BN telephones the employer organisation to confirm the employment status of the individual registrant. We do not accept mobile or personal phone numbers for this purpose. If your registration is accepted we will send you your account details. We will also email your school/organisation with our e-safety guidance and details of what to do if you should change schools/organisations.

On a regular basis all email addresses given as part of the registration process are automatically tested.

On a regular basis registered users and their employer organisations are contacted by email and asked to confirm that the registered user is still employed by the organisation; that they wish to remain an administrator for the organisation, that they still agree to the terms and conditions of use and that the contact details are correct.

As an Administrator what can I do?
Administrators can read, publish and sometimes edit content submitted by children and young people in their organisation. For example, a teacher can only administer the accounts of pupils at their school. Administrators can add and delete users to and from their organisations admin area.

What are my responsibilities as an Administrator?
As an administrator you are expected to

  • View all submissions made by users within your school or organisation
  • Ensure that no submission contains inappropriate language, images or themes (Swearing, racist or sexist comments, incitement to illegal or inappropriate behaviour, images or comments that identify themselves or other young people, images or comments that are of a sexual or extremely violent nature, animal cruelty, or likely to cause religious offence are all considered to be inappropriate. This is not an exhaustive list.)
  • Publish, edit and publish or refuse all submissions from within your school or organisation in a timely manner
  • Inform E2BN if you are no longer employed by your school or organisation � we will then stop your account and contact your school or organisation for an alternative administrator. If you are changing school/organisation we will set you up as an administrator for your new school/organisation.
  • To keep your log-in details private

What happens if I publish something inappropriate by mistake?
Mistakes can and do happen � let us know and will remove the item. If someone else finds your mistake first we will remove the item and inform you. However, it is your responsibility as an administrator to check everything from your class/school/organisation. If it appears that you are not checking your users� content we will contact you and your employer organisation. If we think that any content you have sanctioned could be illegal we will refer the matter to the appropriate authorities.

Reporting inappropriate content
Anyone who finds content on our site of an inappropriate nature should either email us at or follow the �contact us� link on the site to online �contact us� form. Please outline your concerns and make sure that you include the URL (web address) of the page containing the inappropriate content so that we can identify the problem quickly. Please include your contact details so that we can get in touch if we need to clarify anything. If we agree that the content maybe inappropriate we will remove or modify it. If we don�t agree that the content is inappropriate we will tell you why we are leaving it on the site.

10 Steps to Creating a Text and Image Article

  1. From your news desk click the 'Start a new article' button
  2. Add a Headline
  3. Tick the category for your news story
  4. Credit anyone who has worked with you on your news story
  5. Add an image that supports your news story
  6. Copy and paste text from Word or type directly into the Article Text box. This box will expand to suit the amount of text
  7. Add a comment about your article (optional)
  8. Copyright � acknowledge the 'owners' of the images, video, sounds or words you have used
  9. Save
  10. Submit your article for publication

6 Steps to Creating Media

  1. Start the Media Editor

  2. Create new media � sound and video

    New media can be created via a webcam or similar device connected to the PC.

    Choose 'Record' from the Media Menu

  3. Upload Assets From the Computer

    Click the Upload button

    Browse for the files you want and click upload

    There is an upload limit on 100Mg per file. The smaller the file the quicker it will upload.


    If you have a lot of files to upload think about how big the TOTAL upload will be. You may need to upload the files in small batches.

    Video can be very large. Try to create a number of short videos clips rather than one large one. You can join the short clips together in MTN2

  4. Create Titles

    Titles are the words that appear at the end or beginning of a film

    To create a title click the Title tab

    Type in your titles

    Your completed title will appear in teh assets window. Drag it into position on the timeline.

  5. Editing Images

    MTN2 allows you to do some limited image editing.

    Place the image to be edited on the timeline and double click it.

  6. Editing Video and Sound files

    You can edit sound and video files by cutting off the end or beginning of the file

Setting up Student Accounts

Log in

Login button
Login screen

Teachers� Editing Room � Do not allow students access to this part of MTN2

This is the area from which teachers manage student accounts, moderate student work and comments and customise the school news area.

Editing room

To register students

Click the Student tab

Student tab

To add students one at a time, click Add Student

Add student fields

For each student complete the table below. Currently email is a required field but this is going to be removed. If this field is present enter

Adding lots of students

The ability to bulk upload students via a csv or excel spreadsheet is coming soon.

Create a spreadsheet of student data like this one


Click Add Students

Browse to your .csv file and click Upload.

Moderation and Publication

Teacher receives �articles needing to be moderated� email

Teacher logs in to Teacher�s Editing Room

Click article

Moderating an Article

This means reading, watching and listening to everything the student has created because as the publishing teacher you are responsible for the contents of the article. If the student has breached copyright, used inappropriate language or imagery and you publish that work you are responsible for the consequences.

Reviewing an Article

Moderate and article

Adding Feedback

Add feedback

Teacher can:

  • Edit and Save changes
  • Delete article
  • Return article for improvement
  • Approve article � This published the article and makes it publically viewable!
  • Other users rate and comment on article (comment goes to moderating teacher for moderation before publication)

Most popular news items appear as �featured articles� (There is a time weighting so older articles drop off the �featured articles� section)

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