I am about to enter my 14th year of teaching (which blows my mind every time I stop to think about it). In those 14 years the way I prepare for the upcoming school year has evolved. This year more, than ever, I find myself looking through edtech-colored glasses. What can I do as I get going this year that can allow me to transform learning for my students? As I set up my classroom and get ready for meet the teacher night, what can I do that will my life easier later on?
There are so many different answers to that question. Nearpod lessons, file folder games, Seesaw Activities, organize my Google Drive, Book Creator Templates, parent surveys...and the list goes on. This year, I've decided to work with my GREEN SCREEN!
If you don't have a fancy green screen kit, green plastic table cloths from the Dollar Tree will do it (Really! They work great!). My plan is to have a green screen set up on meet the teacher night to snag a few pictures of my students as they come in (be sure to have the green screen extend to the floor if you are getting more than head-shots). These pictures along with my favorite green screen app will allow me to transform my school routines by allowing me to incorporate more images of my students into our daily lessons and routines. My hypothesis is that taking the time to create a collection of green screen pictures at the beginning of the school year will open up so many possibilities as I lesson plan later in the year--and save time. For young students (and lets face it, lots of older ones too), seeing your image and images of your peers inserted into the classroom learning material grabs your attention fast!
The possibilities are only limited by your imagination (and any possible media restrictions your students may have). Some ways I might use green screen images this year include:
As you begin planning for your return to school try looking at your classroom and lessons through edtech-colored glasses if you haven't already. You're likely to surprise yourself with simple ideas that can transform a learning experience for your students. Happy Back to School!
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I am a teacher in a preschool special education classroom. My classroom serves students ages 2-5 years old.