14 04.22

Creating a Green Screen Video in the Classroom puts Students anywhere in the World

Scholastic.com ‘s article, “Create a Green Screen Video in the Classroom” http://bit.ly/1kt8Dhc is a great resource for learning about interesting ways green screening can be used in the classroom. The article’s author, Lindsey Petlak, is a teacher who created her own green screen video with the help of her students to apply for scholarship assistance. To create her movie, she used the Green Screen by DoInk app http://bit.ly/1f3Sj20  on the iPad and her article includes pictures of of the process. Lindsey believes that there are “endless possibilities for learning” when students are involved in movie making. She says the process puts “students in the director’s chair” which “facilitates authentic learning and assessment opportunities and results in Oscar-worthy productions, with little to NO prep!” Lindsey loves using a green screen when making movies because it puts students “anywhere in the world.” We agree. Where would you like to go today?image

14 04.10

How to Create Green Screen Effects on the iPad by Jonathan Wylie

Jonathan Wylie, an Instructional Technology Consultant in Iowa wrote an excellent article on “How to Create Green Screen Effects on the iPad” http://t.co/gJXFUKQWpy Jonathan notes that “video effects are no longer the preserve of video professionals” and can easily be done in the classroom. The article lists the essential items needed to get started which include an iPad, a Green Screen and an iPad app. His green screen app of choice is the Green Screen by Do Ink app http://bit.ly/1f3Sj20 which he concludes from testing, “is among the most effective, and the easiest to use.” The article demonstrates how the green screen effect is applied using the Do Ink app and provides useful green screen shooting tips.  It’s a great article to get users started in green screening. Jonathan concludes, “it might sound like a hard thing to do” but “using green screen effects on iPads is easier than you might think…it’s possible to achieve professional looking results with very little effort.”  We agree, and love seeing the wonderful green screen movies being created by students and shared by teachers on Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo.image

14 04.04

AppSmashing on the iPad to Foster Creativity

Are you familiar with “app-smashing,” a technique coined and honed by Greg Kulowiec? http://kulowiectech.blogspot.com/2013/11/app-smashing-app-pack-x-thinglink.html It’s also referred to as “app synergy.” It’s the “process of using multiple apps in conjunction with one another to complete a final task or project”. The  possibilities of appsmashing are endless. Basically, you start with one app, Then use one or more apps to add more features. The key to App Smashing is the camera roll, as it enables you to store pictures, video and sound files which can then be accessed by other apps.  The emphasis is on “creating” and then “sharing” publicly what is created to YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

We love the concept of appsmashing as it provides endless opportunities for teachers and students to unleash their creativity while using the power of the iPad.  For a list of apps to use in app smashing, Greg Kulowiec created the app-pack list below which he says, “are the key tools that I use to create my multi-media app smashes.”  The list includes the Green Screen http://bit.ly/1f3Sj20 by DoInk app.  The DoInk Animation and Drawing app http://bit.ly/1sh9DZj could also be used. So are you ready for some good old app-smashing? Let’s rumble!image

14 03.28

Edutopia Article by Dan Callahan lists “Top iPad Apps for Student Creativity”

As a developer of “creation” apps for classroom learning, the article in Edutopia titled “Top iPad Apps for Student Creativity”  http://www.edutopia.org/groups/technology-tools/736421 caught our attention. It’s author Dan Callahan  is a K-5 Instructional Technology Specialist, founder of Edcamp and a Graduate Professor. In the article, Dan shares his school’s 1:1 iPad experience in grades 1, 4 and 5. He writes that over time his school has “whittled down the apps” they use into “Core Apps” ones that are flexible and powerful enough to be used in every subject all day long.” Dan writes that “one of the keys…is that these apps can be used by students to CREATE things, not just consume things.”  Dan lists his favorite apps in the article which include Explain Everything, iMovie, Book Creator, Drawing Pad, Strip Designer, Blokify and the Green Screen by DoInk app http://bit.ly/1f3Sj20 Dan writes that the Green Screen by DoInk app is “a green screen app that just works. My students have been loving this one.”  We’ve seen the very cool movies that Dan’s students have made using our Green Screen app such as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-Z3NJ1Hg8g&list=PLuf8tXNTzXm-XZm4fhMPZjMmYzL8OU1g- made in Ms. Anderson’s class at Pine Glen Elementary in Burlington, MA. The students did an awesome job reporting on weather around the country. Watch out Weather Channel!image

14 03.21

Lisa Pospishil’s Tutorial on How to Use the Green Screen by Do Ink app on the iPad

Lisa Pospishil @lpospishil a fourth grade teacher from Nebraska blew us away this week with her phenomenal tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWAHxtpPp24&feature=youtu.be on “How to use the Green Screen by Do Ink app.” Her tutorial is a great resource for training students and teachers on how to use our app. We love that Lisa has her students create “Book Burps” with the Green Screen by DoInk app http://bit.ly/1f3Sj20 Book Burps is a phrase she coined where “gobs of books are ingested and the best parts are burped out in front of the camera.” Lisa’s students’ Book Burps made with the Green Screen by DoInk app can be viewed at https://sites.google.com/site/bookburps/

What a great way to inspire students to share their favorite books and their love of reading. Thanks, Lisa.image

14 03.14

How the Green Screen by Do Ink app works on the iPad by Sam Patterson, ED.D

Sam Patterson @sampatue recently created an excellent walk through of the Green Screen by DoInk app http://www.mypaperlessclassroom.com/2014/02/do-ink-green-screen-on-ipad-walk-through.html It’s a great reference for not only learning about the DoInk Green Screen app on the iPad, but also how green screening in general, works. Sam also included a video demonstration http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZyHpI_gBHk We were especially excited to see celebrity guest star Wokka make an appearance. We’d follow Wokka anywhere!image

14 02.28

Ten Ways Students Can Become Makers On The iPad

The Maker Movement is sweeping the country with teachers and librarians leading the way. What a great opportunity for students to explore passions while encouraging creativity. The iPad is a wonderful maker device for students, giving them easy access to a variety of maker types. An excellent article in “Getting Smart” by Alison Anderson describes “ten types of makers… that students can become in the classroom” using an iPad http://gettingsmart.com/2014/02/theres-maker-fair-pad-10-ways-create-student-makers-apps/ The type of makers include: 1) Complete maker; 2) Coding maker; 3) Game maker; 4) Movie maker; 5) Music maker; 6) Make Real Stuff maker 7) Photography maker; 8) Story/book maker; 9) Animation maker; and 10) Digital Story maker. The article is a great resource with links to iPad apps for each of the maker types. The DoInk Animation and Drawing app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/doink-animation-drawing/id364762290?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 is listed in the animation category. The list also includes the Green Screen by Do Ink app which can be used in the Movie maker category. All of the apps which DoInk develops are “creation” apps for the iPad, designed as the article suggests, to put the “learning into the actual hands of students- making learning “hands-on.”image

14 02.21

Creating a Classroom Studio with an iPad and the Green Screen by DoInk app

Sam Glicksman @SamGliksman the founder of iPads in Education and author of iPads in Education for Dummies wrote a very informative article on how “green screen technology can be integrated into…engaging educational projects” in the classroom…for learners to communicate their understanding.” His article http://ipadeducators.ning.com/profiles/blogs/greenscreen explains what is needed to create a classroom movie studio and how it can be “accomplished with an iPad and some inexpensive props” such as a green screen video editing app. He recommends the Green Screen by DoInk app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/green-screen-by-do-ink/id730091131?mt=8 for its ease of use. His article includes three green screen projects created with DoInk. The first project is learning about the weather elements. The second is a poetry performance by a second grader. And the third is a fourth grader doing a virtual tour to explain history. Sam writes that there is an “amazing growth of inexpensive mobile technology tools” for learners. Green Screen technology is one of these tools, enabling students to “communicate their understanding in ever more creative and personalized manners.”image

14 02.14

Elementary School uses Green Screen by Do Ink app in combination with Animoto to Create Virtual Valentines

Schools in the United States, as well as in Australia, Spain, and Colombia are participating in this year’s Virtual Valentine global collaboration project (virtualvalentines.weebly.com) This project is “designed to teach students geographical awareness and cultural understanding while connecting classrooms all around the world for Valentine’s Day…to circumnavigate the globe with virtual Valentines.”  Two of the Kindergarten classes in the Wallenpaupack Area School district participating in this project made incredible virtual valentines using the Green Screen by DoInk app in combination with Animoto. http://animoto.com/play/GZ4LA0qLlyh02E1611oLzQ http://animoto.com/play/edsLhWfb1oDg9PEDQ4vp5A Their projects were lead by Mike Soskil @msoskil the Curriculum Support Coach for Wallenpaupack Area School District (Newfoundland, PA) who has done a number of very cool projects using the Green screen by DoInk app. We recently featured his special education students’ wolf videos on our blog, as well as fifth graders recording famous American monologues. Mike e-mailed us the links to the Green Screen valentines created by his students, thanking us for “creating a tool that allows us to help students do incredible things like this.” Happy Valentine’s Day!image

14 02.05

Version 1.2 of Green Screen By Do Ink App Enables Creation and Saving of Multiple Projects, plus new Gallery View

Version 1.2 of the Green Screen by Do Ink app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/green-screen-by-do-ink/id730091131?mt=8 is now available in iTunes. It enables users to create and save multiple Green Screen projects, the number one request of our users. It also includes a new “gallery” view so users can organize and view projects using captions and titles. Please let us know if you have any questions, suggestions, comments, etc. Your feedback has been invaluable. Thank you!image

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