App Review
Green Screen by Do Ink

Versatile, easy-to-use movie maker with great results

  • A video tutorial demonstrates the features and remains in the timeline for kids to manipulate.

  • Kids find images to use and record themselves in front of the green screen, making it look like they are in front of the image.

  • Three layers come together to create one movie.

  • Clear written instructions are a helpful resource.

Quick Take
Pros: Tutorial video demonstrates "how to" and then lets kids manipulate it in the timeline for practice.
Cons: Requires some prep time to get started.
Bottom Line: High-quality movie maker has numerous uses for students projects.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Kids will have a blast using their imagination and tech skills to create movies and special effects. It's easy to use, and even playing around to figure out how the chroma key filters work is educational and pretty fun.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Kids will develop tech skills in depth that will transfer into other applications, but this tool is super for culminating, project-based assessments, offering kids a way to showcase their knowledge about specific topics.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 4

The video tutorial moves pretty quickly and shows some advanced techniques, but kids can re-watch it as well as manipulate it to better understand how the tool works.

Our Review
What's It Like?

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 tablecloths can work in a pinch, but actual green screens, which can be bought starting at around $20, work best. With Green Screen by Do Ink, students can add a third layer, too, adding another image or incorporating 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.).

Is It Good For Learning?

A video tutorial is pre-loaded as the first project, demonstrating the features and showing 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.

How Can Teachers Use It?

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 tablecloths 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 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!

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