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Paper Engineering and Green Screen: Bringing Stories to Life

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 115A

Explore and create: Exploratory Creation lab
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Teacher Librarian & Design Teacher
Stratford Hall School Library
@Penafiel, Meg
Meg has had a variety of roles during her 20+ years as an educator: Spanish teacher, PE teacher, homeroom teacher, teacher librarian and design teacher. Her raîson d'être has been to create learning spaces which inspire imagination, curiosity and self-discovery. Her passion is designing learning experiences that help students build their creative capacity and storytelling skills. As the PYP Teacher Librarian and Design Teacher at Stratford Hall IB School in Vancouver, Meg can be found in the Idea Lab teaching design classes or in the library curating diverse books that excite, reflect and highlight the readers in her community.
Stratford hall School
Andrea is the Idea Lab Coordinator at Stratford Hall IB World School in Vancouver, BC. She works with and supports both students and staff from kindergarten to grade 12. While the Idea Lab is a physical space with resources that help the school community bring their ideas to life, it also embodies an approach. She believes that creativity can be learned, improv can help us become better collaborators, failing fast can help us develop perseverance and learn other ways of doing things, and robust prototyping skills can help us share our ideas and learn what works and what doesn’t.

Session description

Using paper engineering and green screen technology, participants will bring paper prototypes to life. Discover the benefits of how paper engineering develops strong visual-spatial reasoning, prototyping and communication skills. Adding green screen technology to the process extends one’s creative capacity to share stories in new and unique ways.

Purpose & objective

Teachers will:
Learn 7-8 paper prototyping techniques
Discover multiple ways that paper prototyping skills can be used across disciplines and grades
Learn how to layer videos or photos within GreenScreen by Do-Ink and Pixlr
Learn how to mask with GreenScreen app
Learn specific debugging and troubleshooting skills
Practice computational thinking skills
Learn a concrete process we use to introduce and teach green screen technology
Learn how to implement green screen on a budget
Learn creative prompts to launch the unit
Practice brainstorming rules, SCAMPER and Crazy 8s
Learn about PUSH to give TAG feedback
Learn assessment strategies that provide students with continual feedback to support their growth

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Brainstorming rules: Hands-on 2 min
Share how we use the brainstorming rules as essential agreements in our classroom.
Participants will use Crazy 8s and SCAMPER to brainstorm ideas (based on creative prompt)

Creative Prompt: 2min
Importance of story, of name, of land (connection to First People's ways of learning)

Paper Engineering: Hands-on 20min
Demonstrate 7-8 techniques
Provide physical examples (paper engineering dictionary)
Discuss and practice lo-fi rapid prototyping, and feedback (PUSH to give TAG feedback)
Participants build their creation

GreenScreen: Hands-on 20min
Demonstrate how to layer images and prototypes within an image
Participants practice using DoInk or Pixlr
Discuss visual and digital literacy

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Supporting research

LAUNCH (John Spencer)
Collaborative Creativity (Robert Kelly)
Collaborative Creativity IDEA BOOK for Educators (Robert Kelly)
Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape Their Worlds (Edward P. Clapp, Jessica Ross, Jennifer O. Ryan, Shari Tishman)
Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom (Amy Burvall)
InGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity (Tina Seelig)
Empower (John Spencer and AJ Juliani)
Taking Design Thinking to School (edited by Shelley Goldman and Zaza Kabayadondo)
Learning through Play:
Agency by Design:
Rebeca Hare - Creative Constructor Lab Presenter
First Peoples Principles of Learning

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Session specifications

Maker activities and programs
Grade level:
Skill level:
Library media specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS, Android, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
GreenScreen by DoInk App on Ipad
Subject area:
ISTE Standards:
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.