Type of Technology: iPad app
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade Level: Any grade level
Subject Area: Language Arts, Science
Name of App: Green Screen by Do Ink
Have you ever watched a weather report on the news and pictured yourself being the weather reporter with the daily forecast behind you? Have you ever wanted to be an actor in a movie with special effects in every scene? Or have you simply wanted to have a readers’ theater in your classroom and have the students be fully engaged in their performances but didn’t have the resources or time to create the sets? Well the Green Screen app is the app for you!
At McKinley, we have established a school wide expectation code called “The 4 Bs”. These 4 Be’s are: 1) Be Responsible 2) Be Respectful 3) Be Safe 4) Be Ready To Learn. For the first month of the school year, we as educators were asked to implement these 4 Bs into our curriculum in any way we chose, as long as the basis for the lessons emphasize our school wide expectations.
Many ideas came to mind, such as a writing activity, creating posters, promise chains, etc. but what I really wanted to was create a Public Service Announcement with my students as the stars! In my classroom, we have a specific wall, which I have made our Green Screen wall. To begin the lesson, we had a discussion on what it meant to be safe in school and what were some examples of being responsible at school. After our discussion, we created a list of those examples that would later become our script for the PSA.
Once the list was created, we began making our PSA. All the students need to do is stand in front of the green screen and recite their portion of the list. Once all the students have been recorded, you may add any photograph of video behind them to create any type of video you wish to create. (See snapshots attached).
This activity has opened many doors on the types of green screen activities that can be created. You can create a more engaging readers theater lesson in which students can create their scripts, record their performances on a green screen with the Green Screen app, research the locations to use for their backgrounds, and then complete their video using the iMovie app. You may also create a weather report with the students being the weather reporters, or a complete classroom news station. The possibilities are endless with the many things you can do with this app and it definitely creates an excitement amongst the students to be able to use a green screen and create these unique videos that enhance their learning and brings their imaginations to the limelight.