Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Enhancing Spanish Class Skits with Green Screen Videos

In Spring 2016, 8th grade Spanish students in Erick Chaverri's classes at Casady School created a variety of 4 to 7 minute video skits based on a variety of Hollywood movie hits and other themes. From "Finding Dory" ("Buscando A Dory") to "Back to the Future En EspaƱol," these 8th graders combined their creativity, Spanish language, digital literacy, and group collaboration skills to create a wonderful collection of student-produced videos. This is a project Mr. Chaverri has facilitated for many years, but this was the first year students recorded and edited their own videos using the "Green Screen" iPad app by Do Ink. Students also recorded some scenes on their own smartphones, and combined various clips into their final group videos using iMovie for iPad. The green screen and lights used for recording in the classroom and the iPads were checked out from the Casady Middle Division Library. 11 of the student groups chose to share their final videos on our "Casady Student Projects" YouTube channel, and are available together in this YouTube playlist! Please check them out!

Michaella Freeland, our librarian for Middle Division and Lower Division, along with Wesley Fryer, our director of technology, helped Mr Chaverri and his students by providing instructional support as well as technology resources for this project. Some student groups wanted to use videos as the backgrounds of their green screen movies as well as still images, so Dr. Fryer shared some "mini-lessons" about those iPad videography techniques using "Green Screen Video Backgrounds" directly with students in class. The results are evident in these impressive videos created by our Casady students!

Dr Fryer also recorded a short video providing additional background about the project. Kudos to Mr. Chaverri for facilitating this fantastic project again with Casady 8th grade Spanish students, which combined so many different language and literacy skills together! Kudos also to our Casady students, who "raised the bar" for iPad green screen videography and foreign language skits with their fantastic collection of video projects!

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