Green Screen by Do Ink is a creative and fun video app to engage and excite children about documenting what they are learning and all about the world around them. Are you studying about dinosaurs? Well, how about making a video about walking with the dinosaurs, and having the students describe what they are doing in a “live” report from the Jurassic period? Want to have the numbers 7 and 4 compete in a learning to subtract scene and interview the 3 champions or have them cooperate for additional fun? You are only limited by your own imagination. The app uses green screen technology in an easy to use video format. There is a nice tutorial included in the app that explains all the features and it will help get you up and running. Basically, there are up to 3 layers of input to play with on the screen. You can have a foreground, a “green screen” interactive video in the middle, and a background that is an image, a group of images or a video. Animation from drawings can be added too, and the Do Ink Animation and Drawing app work seamlessly with the Green Screen app. There is a learning curve, however, and it took me awhile to learn the ins and outs of the features and how best to use them. The hardest part of using this app was the planning needed before making a video compilation. I found I was always making the process more complicated than it needed to be.
Looking at the sources you are going to use – such as videos or images, and then looking at the size and placement of the person on the green screen in terms of foreground vs. the background are essential for a successful outcome. This does take practice and diligence, but you learn something new on every attempt. I would recommend for any teacher or therapist to play with the app for a while first before using it in class. For the green screen background, I bought a couple of yards of bright green felt, and that seemed to work well. You do not necessarily need green, but need to use a color that won’t compete with your subject. In the clinic, we had fun creating all sorts of scenes and vignettes while playing with this app, from flying through space to battling dragons. One wish I would have on my list for future updates would be to have the ability to have more than one project going, so that multiple classes or kids could be working on different films.
- Helps promote problem-solving and organizational skills by having kids think through their choices before taking action
- Can be used for collaborative and cooperative play and learning
- Teaches about presentation tools in terms of composition and layout
- Thoroughly immerses kids in the lesson plan and it is a great way to reinforce lessons
- It is fun!
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play every day; so that “her kids” grow up to be healthy independent learners.