TES collection Mr Barton's Autograph videos

Mr Barton’s Autograph Video Collection Page

Autograph is a piece of mathematical software that many schools have tucked away on their network somewhere, and that occasionally gets used to draw the odd straight line or curve. However, it can do so much more, enabling you to dynamically demonstrate to your students topics as diverse as transformations, cumulative frequency diagrams, and the outcomes of rolling several dice. Autograph can be used with all ages and abilities, from primary school students right up to Further Mathematicians with eyes on a mathematics degree.

This collection is a series of videos put together by Mr Barton which aim to give you a few ideas of how you could use Autograph in your classroom. More will be added each week, and if you have any requests for specific topics to be covered, just email Mr Barton through his TES Profile page and he will do his best to meet your requests.

Mr Barton’s Autograph Videos

Selection and Shapes

  • In this first video we look at the issue of Whiteboard Mode and how we go about creating basic shapes.


  • Here we look at three different ways of doing Reflections in Autograph.


  • This time we look at how we can carry out Rotations in Autograph.


  • Here we look at how we can carry out Enlargements in Autograph which also leads us to our first viewing of a Dynamic Text Box!


  • In this fifth video we complete the set of Transformations by looking at how we can carry out Translations in Autograph. Mr Barton also sorts out the screen size issue!

Combining Transformations

  • This time we look at how we can use Autograph to combine Transformations, and there is even a little puzzle for you to have a think about…

Edit Axes

  • Now we take a closer look at the Edit Axes menu to get our Autograph page looking exactly how we want it.

Christmas Treat

  • A Special Christmas Edition of Mr Barton’s Autograph Videos which has a look at the online Autograph Player (with a festive twist!).

Measuring Angles

  • This time we look at the basics of measuring angles in Autograph.

Working with Raw Data

  • Now we look at some of the things you can do with Raw Data, including dot plots and box and whisker diagrams. More stats to come next week!

Working with Raw Data - Part 2

  • Following a suggestion from none other than Autograph creator Douglas Butler, we take another look at some of the things you can do with Raw Data on Autograph, including quickly creating a data set

Working with Raw Data - Part 3

  • Douglas Butler returns again! This time with a great suggestion for introducing the Normal Distribution via a look at the fascinating world of IQ. The also encompasses Autograph’s wonderful scaling option for nasty looking data!

Working with Raw Data - Part 4

  • In a jam-packed edition we start to look at how Autograph can group raw data for us and how this opens up a whole new set of possibilities in terms of mathematical diagrams, including cumulative frequency curves, histograms and stem and leaf.

Valentine’s Day Special

  • In a special “loved-up” edition of Mr Barton’s Autograph videos, we look at a romantic (mathematical) alternative to chocolates and flowers to send to the love of your life to let them know you care. Happy Valentines Day!

Working with Grouped Data

  • In our final look at data for a while (you can have too much of a good thing) we tackle an issue with commas and how to alter the sizes of your groups.

Working with Grouped Data 2

  • This week we look at different ways of entering grouped data, another way of comparing data, and we take another look at the Results Box.

Angle at the Centre

  • This week we take a look at how to construct Circle Theorems using Autograph, beginning with the Angle at the Centre Theorem. We also see how understanding this theorem leads us to another theorem for free! Autograph’s dynamic nature makes it perfectly suited to demonstrating circle theorems to your students.

Angle at the Centre - Twist!

  • Whilst we are on a roll with the Angle at the Centre Theorem, why not have a quick look at a nice little twist? We can use Autograph to set up some circumstances where the theorem doesn’t seem to work. Has maths been broken, or can your students figure out what is going on?…

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