Using Green Screen by Do Ink, students can create original videos using green screen technology to change the background. Green screens are most known for use with weather reports, but kids can create all kinds of scenarios using the green screen. They'll choose a background image from their camera roll, which may involve some Internet searching and saving to find (a great opportunity for a mini-lesson in fair use and copyright), and then record their video in front of a green backdrop. Green butcher paper or plastic table cloths can work in a pinch, but actual green screens can be bought, starting around $20, and work best. With Green Screen by Do Ink, students can add a third layer, too, adding another image or incorporting animation created and saved in other apps. Kids work with a timeline, just as in iMovie, moving the clips or images where they want them. Videos are saved to the camera roll and can then be shared however kids choose (email, YouTube, etc.).
A video tutorial is pre-loaded as the first project and shows the features and how to create videos in an easy-to-follow format. Once kids get started, they can access instructions through the question mark above the timeline. This is an impressively easy and inexpensive tool for the quality of movie it creates, but it does require some prep work. Teachers or students will need to find and set up a green screen, and students will have to find any images or video clips they want to add to their movie before starting. Green Screen by Do Ink is a great tool to have in a teacher's tool box as an option for student-directed projects.
If your school has a broadcast room with a green screen, this is a must-have tool for your students to create presentations. If you don't have access to a green screen, dollar store green plastic table cloths can work, but not as well as an actual green screen, which costs $20 and up. Students can present history, ELA, or science projects to the class, individually, or in small groups. You could also record yourself in front of an interesting background to introduce a new unit or concept to students, hooking them in as if you were giving a news report. This is a really affordable, easy-to-use tool that is quite versatile. Both students and teachers will love it!