3 Powerful Apps for Creating Green Screen Videos with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

I am thinking off setting challenges for my kids this summer and one of the challenges I was thinking of giving them is to make a movie – either an original script, or do like the main characters in the great book (and now movie) Me, Earl and the Dying Girl, where they make cheesy re-creations of classic movies and are hugely influenced by Werner Herzog (you gotta love that.)

Although I doubt they will build a huge boat and try to carry it over a mountain, I think they might need a green screen app, don’t you?

Although the first two of the apps mentioned in this article cost money, I think the most expensive is $2.99. I am definitely going to try them out!

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Lesson Plan: Photo Essay on the iPad, Option 2

Last year I wrote this post about how to make a photo essay on the iPad. But in spirit of giving the students a couple of choices, here is another way to do it, using keynote.

1. Gather your photos. Depending on your topic and the parameters of the assignment , you can either take them yourself with the iPad or download photos from the internet and save them into your cameral roll. Here is a photo from the library window:

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2. Then use a photo enhancing app like pixlromatic (free) to give it the look you want (optional):

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Warning: don’t take too long on this- there is an embarrassment of choices that can you paralyze you!

3. Go to keynote and choose your template. I recommend the plain black one. Add you photo and your caption:

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Repeat! Don’t forget to add a title page!

When you are done you can email it to yourself:

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If the file is too big for you to email to yourself (which happens quickly with photos), you can also import it into imovie and then upload it through your youtube account. Make sure to click on the privacy setting that allow only the person with the link to view it.

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A Practical Example of Augmented Reality

Via Davy Hulme Primary School

This is the first time I understand how you could use Augmented Reality:

Although the lesson plan was designed for a grade five class, I think it would be easy to adapt it for older grades. I love this teacher’s use of the slow writing prompts for the children’s writings as well as the use of a fantasy app as a writing trigger.

I just thought of something! The YPI ladies could upload their videos and have them attached to the posters they made for their various charities. Oh so many possibilities!

 

BREAKING NEWS! Garageband now talks to iMovie!

What a wonderful Spring surprise! The weather is beautiful, we are all rested from our two weeks off and the good people at Apple have applied some therapeutic pressure to the relationship between imovie and garageband on the iPad! Do you think they read my open letter?

I choose to believe it is all my doing.

Here is the new lowdown on the updated Garageband on the Apple website.

And here is my very, very shoddy little movie using a recording from garageband. I will have to play around with it more to understand it, but for right now I just wanted to show that making a track in Garageband and  sticking it into your iMovie is now EASY PEASY!

I am so happy now I could cartwheel home.

I won’t though, ’cause I’m old. And there is a lot of dog poo on the sidewalk.