Mandi Presley | 1st Grade Teacher and Tech Trainer | Duncan, South Carolina, USA
We were working on the performance task for our ELA unit on Curiosity. During the unit, we read many books and practiced the skills of summarizing, giving our opinions supported by reasons, and using questions to hook readers.
The students were able to choose how they presented their book review. Because we had watched a few Reading Rainbow examples to get them acquainted with the concept of a book review, they decided they wanted to make one just like those examples. I recently attended a tech training where I first learned of WeVideo. The Chroma Key feature was demonstrated, so I knew it would be the best choice to accomplish our goals.
Capturing the story + our filming process
My students had been keeping a journal of their favorite books. For this project, they chose one of their favorites to present to the class. They wrote their book reviews out as a script, then recorded it on the Teleprompter app (Teleprompter Lite, free on iTunes) on their iPads.
When it came time to record, I turned my Promethean board into a green screen by adding a green box.
Students were trained to serve as videographers, photographers (to capture images of the books), directors, Teleprompter assistants and volume control. Each time a new student was ready to take on a new position, the current student trained the next. They did amazing and took their jobs very seriously!
Our editing process
After we completed the recording process, I demonstrated the Chroma Key process in WeVideo and then walked them through editing their own videos on the Promethean Board. Though I was there to support them, several students “just got it”. WeVideo is easy for students to work with and there’s nothing they can break.
Enjoying the fruits of our work
Each time we inserted their book image behind their photo the students “Oooohed” and “Ahhhed.” After all the videos were edited and exported to Google Drive, we invited the parents in for a viewing party. They were blown away by the capabilities of their children!
Book review graphic organizer
Teleprompter app (itunes)
WeVideo green screen tool
Promethean board turned green, or a green screen
Image of book