Editorial Review

Green Screen by Do Ink

Versatile, easy-to-use movie maker yields great results
Graphite Rating 4
  • 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.
  • Kids can easily import animations, images, or video saved to Google Drive, Dropbox, or the camera roll.
  • A video tutorial demonstrates the features and remains in the timeline for kids to manipulate.
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.

Graphite Expert Review

Amanda Bindel
Common Sense Graphite Reviewer
Education Consultant
Graphite Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 5

Kids will have a blast using their imaginations 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 in-depth tech skills that will transfer into other applications. 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 rewatch it as well as manipulate it to better understand how the tool works.

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What's It Like?

Using Green Screen by Do Ink, students can create original videos with dynamic, interchangeable backgrounds using green screen technology. Green screens are most associated with weather reports, but kids can create all kinds of scenarios. They'll choose a background image from their camera roll, which may involve some Internet searching (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. Once they start working with their video, kids work with a timeline, just as in iMovie, moving the clips or images where they want them. From the timeline, kids can also add another image or video saved to Dropbox, Google Drive, or the camera roll or animations created with Animation and Drawing by Do Ink. Finished videos are saved to the camera roll and can then be shared however kids choose.

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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 toolbox as an option for student-directed projects.

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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. 

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