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Location: Hyatt Regency Jackson A

Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYODex

Monday, June 25, 4:30–6:00 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Jackson A

Gina Rogers   Jonathan Wylie  
Learn how to use green screen effects with an iPad in this hands-on, beginner class for teachers of all grade levels and any curricular area. It's inexpensive, easy to learn, and guaranteed to impress! No experience required!

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: If selected as a BYODex or BYOD presentation, participants will need to bring an iPad (2nd generation or later), the DoInk Green Screen app for iPad (, and iMovie for iPad (
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
Global Collaborator
  • Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this hands-on workshop is to make teachers comfortable with green screen technologies so that they can help students produce innovative digital stories on an iPad. This will be achieved with several practical projects that will build teacher confidence and give them the skills they need to succeed, regardless of whether they have any experience in this area or not.

Participants will be introduced to the 'script, shoot, edit, share' mantra of video production. They will be shown how to create video (and images) using an iPad and a green screen. They will also be introduced to a variety of classroom examples that were created by teachers in a variety of different curricular areas.

This workshop will help participants relate green screen digital stories to the ISTE Student Standards as well as other essential skills like research, writing, organization, presentation, problem solving and more. It will provide resources and practical ideas that teachers can take away and use right away in order to create successful green screen projects in their own classrooms.

Through hands-on experiences, participants will learn that green screen is more than just a novelty, and will reflect on ways in which it can be used effectively to create digital projects that would be difficult, if not impossible, to create without the use of green screen.


Introduction: What is green screen? What do you need to do green screen? Show a short video with examples of how much green screen is actually used in modern TV and movies with before and after footage. Discuss some of the benefits for how green screen can be used in the classroom, how it can be used to place kids anywhere in the world and at any time in the past, present or future. Make some curricular links with examples. (10 minutes)

Introduce Green Screen by DoInk iPad app and give a basic tour of the app and how it works. Demonstrate how to take green screen photos and where to find royalty free websites that have images you can save to the iPad for green screen backgrounds. (7 minutes)

Divide participants into groups and assign each group to a green screen where they will work on a green screen photo tour of the world. Each group will find royalty free images of world landmarks and take green screen photos of themselves in front of the green screen using both the green screen app and the camera app on the iPad with the self timer function. (20 minutes)

Use AirDrop and/or AirPlay to share some of the images with the whole group. (5 minutes)

Demonstrate how to use the same technique to record green screen video. Show how you can combine multiple images to change the background several times during one recording by shooting the video with the camera app and importing it into the Green Screen by DoInk app. (5 minutes)

Divide participants into groups and assign each group to a green screen where they will work on a green screen weather forecast. Each group will script a one minute weather report and find royalty free images to support their script. Participants will add their script to the free Parrot Telepromter app and use that to record a green screen weather report with multiple background images. (29 minutes).

Use AirDrop and/or AirPlay to share some of the images with the whole group. (7 minutes)

Finish with some examples of student work produced on green screen and have an open discussion of ideas around how green screen can be applied to the curriculum that participants teach. (7 minutes).

Supporting research

"Multimodal presentations challenge and engage students in new and creative ways, requiring them to extend and develop their learning, ultimately fostering collaboration and bolstering their confidence with digital technologies." Gresham, P. (2014).
Fostering creativity through digital storytelling. English Teachers Association of NSW, 1, 47-57.

"Students who create videos to communicate ideas in the classroom simultaneously partake in a process of self-reflection and monitoring" Henderson, M., Auld, G., Holkner, B., Russell, G., Seah, W., Fernando, A., & Romeo, G. (2010). Students creating digital video in the primary classroom: Student autonomy, learning outcomes, and professional learning communities. Australian Educational Computing, 24(2), 12-20.

"The use of video is only beginning to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s learners. Video can help educators address the challenge of different learning styles and enhance the way in which today’s children and youth access, absorb, interpret, process and use information. While not a panacea for good teaching, video is clearly an essential tool that can have a powerful impact on student retention of information as well as on student engagement." The Importance of Broadcast and Streaming Video in Education -

"If students leave school without knowing how to continuously create and innovate, they will be underprepared for the challenges of society and the workforce." Preparing 21st Century Students for a Global Society: An Educator's Guide to the 4 Cs. National Education Association, 2012.

"Digital storytelling helps students develop critical thinking skills, merging creativity and critical thinking, to solve important problems in imaginative, thoughtful ways." Ohler, J. (2013). Digital storytelling in the classroom: new media pathways to literacy. Thousand Oaks: Corwin, p. 13.

"When facts become so widely available and instantly accessible, each one becomes less valuable. What begins to matter more is the ability to place those facts in context and to deliver them with emotional impact...that is the essence of Story - context enriched by emotion." Pink, D. (2005). A Whole New Mind. Riverhead Books, p. 101.

In an increasingly automated world, skills such as creativity, synthesis, and problem solving will be in great demand in the workplace, Pew Research Center. (2014). AI, robotics, and the future of jobs. Retrieved from

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Gina Rogers, Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Gina Rogers is a digital learning consultant at Grant Wood AEA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is passionate about working with teachers and students to transform learning with the integration of technology in the classroom.

Jonathan Wylie, Grant Wood AEA

Jonathan Wylie is a Digital Learning Consultant for Grant Wood AEA in Cedar Rapids, IA. He works with school districts in the Eastern Iowa area to help them enhance teaching and learning with technology.

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