by DLCoach, Kathy Burtman from Dorothy Peacock elementary
Green screen. Wow! What endless possibilities of activities a teacher can use with their class. After a great experience of learning new ways technology can be used to engage students from our DLCoach Pro D on Oct. 23, 2015, I wanted to try green screen with my Grade 2 students. I purchased the Do Ink app and was ready to try. I would love to say it was flawless, Steven Spielberg quality material, but we did have a few issues.
Over the past few weeks the class has been reading Halloween poems and singing songs. I thought this would be a good starting point to try green screen. The students were excited to try and they were quiet during filming.
This is a sample of their project.
So what did we learn?
1. Make sure green screen is big enough to cover the whole space.
2. Make Sure the students' scripts aren't on green paper.
3. Make sure the students clothing isn’t similar to back drop. Note the invisible body parts in picture.
4. Green screen needs to be smooth with the seams taped down.
5. Mic the students if possible. Some groups spoke softly and the iPad didn’t pick their voices.
6. Try and have good lighting so you avoid shadows.
7. Put the iPad on a stand to avoid the shakes.
Over all the students had a great time and no one was shy. In the future will we earn an Academy award? Probably not, but I did have 23 excited students wanting to continue using this app to showcase their learning. That is what we want as teachers, excited learners and teachers.
Digital Aboriginal Storytelling
by DLCoach Victoria Woelders from Dorothy Peacock elementary
Over the last couple of months we worked with an app called Book Creator in our Grade 4 class. We enjoyed making iBooks with this very cool app.
Recently we moved towards digital storytelling with our iBooks. We learned about aboriginal culture, traditions and storytelling in Term One and listened to books such as Rough-Faced Girl, Frog Girl, Storm Boy and Eagle Boy. All of these stories have a pattern to their storyline. This includes a main character, a bully; a dream in which an Aboriginal animal helps the main character; a tragedy (fire, famine, lost at sea, rejection from the village people) and the main character showing courage to help his/her village.
Using Book Creator we worked together to build a framework that mirrors this pattern. Each student selected a term from Nature or an aboriginal animal as part of the title with the term Boy or Girl following.
Using the template, we walked through a rough draft of the story. The students then wrote out their ideas. On the Book Creator app they then put in their opening sentence and then proceeded to an audio feature and continue their story verbally.
As part of the 'getting ready to publish lesson,' the students were taught how to find images on Google that allow for "labelled for reuse and modification." As a result, all the images they use in the iBooks are images that are approved for usage and modifications
Here are some screenshots of their work:
If you are interested to learn more about the scaffolding involved and assessment piece, please see the Google document HERE.
Langley's Digital Literacy Coaches
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