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Green Screen Playground: Creative Kids Go Beyond 'Reporting Live'

Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 12

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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, June 25, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 12

Alex Kasprisin   Ofelia Reyes   Max Shulman   Carolyn Skibba   Andrew Zendejas  
Student experts will share their work and guide you in an interactive adventure! Transport yourself to a virtual location, talk to your digital self and use cutouts and props to create powerful effects. Play and learn alongside amazing kids and be inspired by their creativity and innovative techniques.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: If you wish, please bring an iPad with Green Screen by DoInk installed, or any tablet or phone with a green screen app.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
Additional detail: Student presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Attendees will know what green screening/chroma keying is and experience different ways in which this technique can be used. They will see student examples from various curricular areas and talk with students about their original ideas and projects, so they’ll leave with ideas of how green screen can be used in the classroom. Attendees will have a more sophisticated view of green screen that goes beyond the “reporting live” model of a scripted speaker in front of a virtual background. They will expand their thinking about student media and what’s possible when kids are free to innovate and explore with creativity tools. They will leave with increased confidence in the idea of students with creative control and decision making power. This session is about one app and technique, but the goal is to provide a nudge of inspiration for teachers to make their own classrooms more creative and student-centered.


The poster session will include:
- a video loop of student projects
- a green backdrop and green cutouts/props
- students giving demos of DoInk by Green Screen installed
- specific challenges for participants to engage in alongside the kids
- teacher conversations about student ownership and creativity

Supporting research

The book Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action is a foundational text for my colleagues and me when it comes to trusting students, turning over creative control, and supporting them in making decisions about their learning. It details a teaching philosophy that underpins this session: that students should follow their curiosity, ask great questions, explore meaningful topics, and create engaging, original work to inspire others.

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Alex Kasprisin, Burley School
Ofelia Reyes, Burley School
Max Shulman, Burley School
Carolyn Skibba, Burley School

Since 1999, Carolyn Skibba has served as the technology specialist at Burley School, a public elementary school in Chicago's Lakeview community. She teaches technology classes K-8, co-teaches and coaches colleagues, leads the school’s 1:1 iPad program, and continuously develops tech integration strategies to support Burley’s unique, literature- and inquiry-rich curriculum. She is a former third grade teacher, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and a recipient of the Chicago Public Schools "Ones to Watch" award.

Andrew Zendejas, Burley School

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