Are you feeling overwhelmed yet?  So do I, most of the time.  It’s a job hazard, but technology in the classroom doesn’t have to be.

My work with the Green Screen app by Do Ink and illustration apps, such as Drawing Pad began as separate ventures.  Drawing Pad and other illustration apps abound, and children are drawn to them quickly, just as they are with conventional art materials.  In my classroom, Drawing Pad is an option for students to use when writing stories.  We introduce students to a variety of tools authors use, including crayons, markers, and pencils.  Technology is also a tool that authors use every day. Just as students are choosing which art tools to use, they may also choose to use a personal device and an illustration app to convey their stories.

Start working with a green screen app in the same way.  Hang up a piece of green felt on the wall of your classroom—perhaps in the dramatic play area.  Then introduce the students to it.  Offer to video record them playing in this area one day.  If they’re pretending to be astronauts, put the video in the Green Screen app and then pull a still shot of space to put behind them.  This will help the students begin to imagine the possibilities and they will run with it (taking you along with them)! Perhaps a week later, they’ll be playing house and ask you to videotape them and then beg for you to put a picture of a family room behind it.  Invite them to make a picture instead, either with conventional art materials or with the Drawing Pad app that they’ve used for communicating their stories. The slow build-up and introduction of these apps will come together naturally and the possibilities will be endless.

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Green Screen: Story Acting in the Digital Age
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Amanda Burns
Amanda Burns is a Senior Kindergarten teacher at Catherine Cook School in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University in Spanish Language and Literature and has a master’s degree from the Erikson Institute in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in English Language Learners. Amanda also teaches robotics courses for Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development and presented at NAEYC in 2014. She is also a participating member of Catherine Cook School’s Ethics and Culture Committee and the Diversity Team.
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