For the past two years I have spent my time searching for great software that students could use to create their very own green screen movies. The market for green screen apps is lacking, but I have found one that when used with the iMovie app can provide students with an easy way to create their very own exciting movies using green screen technology.
My intention on creating these videos was to create book trailer videos to spotlight, introduce, and excite students about quality literature. My goal was to find a fun way to involve the students in this process. For an entire year I could not find an app or the devices needed in order to make this happen. I continued to make the videos myself using my personal MacBook Pro laptop and the iMovie software.
Well…I am excited to share with you that I have found a green screen app that can be used in conjunction (if you desire) with the iMovie app for iPads. So if you own an iPad…you are halfway there!
I have also put together a product you may download and use in your classroom tomorrow. You can access this product by clicking on the link below.
Have you been looking for the key to adding excitement into your curriculum? Are you looking for fun ways that encourage your students to utilize those ELA CCSS? What better way than to use a green screen in your classroom?
I have been using a green screen in my classroom for about two years and my students and I absolutely love it! I started out by making green screen book trailers, but have learned along the way that it can provide multiple ways to cover so many of those ELA CCSS skills and in such a way that students are motivated and excited about learning.
The link below will take you to your FREE download including a few of the ways I utilize my green screen. It includes lesson plans and links to examples. I have many more ideas that I am currently working on and when I have examples available and lesson plans ready, they will be posted to my TpT store. So when visiting for your free download on my TpT store, click the “Follow Me” button to receive notifications of additional FREE products. I also would greatly appreciate any feedback or questions you have on these materials.
Unleash the dramatic side of your readers! Create a book trailer using iMovie. Give students the opportunity to utilize their creative side using technology. What a great way to incorporate those CCSS ELA Speaking and Listening Standards with a twist!
No matter the student’s age, book trailers can provide an extremely fun way to present, share, and expand children’s knowledge of what others are reading. Once iMovie is figured out, making these trailers can be easy and very powerful.
I began having my students make book trailers last summer at our local library program. Students read a book of their choice, conferenced with me about the major highlights and “do not miss” sections of the book. We then planned pictures or moving backgrounds and taped short one to two sentence segments. The rest is in the editing. You can add as little or as much as you want.
Here is a picture of our readbox and the QR codes placed inside each book that has a student-made book trailer. When students check out a book from the readbox, they can scan and view all of the book trailers available for that book.