Sharing Milestones through Green Screen Exploration: A Year One Unit

Over the past term Year One students have worked individually and collaboratively to answer the inquiry question, ‘How can I share important milestones in my life using a green screen?’ Students were introduced to green screen technology through exploration of its real-world applications in movies and television. Then via a series of whole class, small group and individual projects, they applied the digital skills they had gained to demonstrate their understanding of History concepts studied in their own classrooms.

An excerpt from ‘The Dinosaur Chase’, our initial whole-class green screen project.
Students use mini green screens, puppets and storyboards to share three important milestones in their lives
Students used storyboards, puppets and mini green screens to share three important milestones from their lives.
An excerpt from ‘My Important Milestones’, our culminating project: The green screen videos were combined with background images in the Green Screen app by Do Ink.

The big ‘take away’ from my unit with the year one students was not how quickly they picked up the skills to use green screen technology, nor was it how engaged they were in their learning. What impressed me the most was how they were able verbalise in detail, what a green screen is and when and why it might be used in the real world. This to me is a mark of a successful unit, when students are able to see a reason for their learning.

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About the author

My name is Martina Blake-Beveridge. I have taught in a primary school context for twelve years. For three of those years I taught in lower school classrooms in a BYO iPad school. In 2016 I was appointed to the role of ICT Teacher and Coach, working with students and teachers from Prep to Year Six.

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