Darroch's Dose

Tech Tip Tuesday for March 8, 2016

Green Screen

ISTE Standard for Students 1: Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

I've got an app for that! Green Screen by Do Ink is an innovative app used to create green screen videos on an iPad. Students select a background such as a weather map, national monument, famous person, or any image, then record a video presentation. The app combines both images into one making the student appear at a different location. Here are examples from three second grade teachers:

Carol McLaughlin, Greystone Elementary

Nancy Sherman, Deer Valley Elementary

Amanda Walker, Bluff Park Elementary

If you are interested in this app, I have a few to give away to the first few teachers to email me! This is a $2.99 value.

3, 2, 1, Action!

Bio Buddies

In February, Mrs. Sherman’s 2nd grade class at Deer Valley researched famous Americans. The children used AVL (Alabama Virtual Library), QR codes they scanned which took them to a variety of websites and short video clips as they gathered facts about their famous American. They published their facts in a written report with a timeline and then created a Bio Buddy/Person Book to display their reports. Mrs. Sherman added a fun and exciting presentation piece by having each child stand in front of a green screen as they read their reports. She used the iPad app Green Screen by Do Ink. Each video was uploaded to Google Drive, then a QR code was created for each presentation with a link to the video presentation. The projects are displayed in the hall by the classroom. The students have scanned and watched each other’s presentations using the QR Reader app Inigma. Other classes, teachers and guests can drop by with an iPad or other smart device and view these wonderful presentations. The presentations are also on Mrs. Sherman’s class web page.


Try Quizalize!

Do you love Kahoot? If you do, I suggest giving Quizalize a try. With Quizalize you create questions and answers, similar to Kahoot. Tired of the same music in Kahoot? Not a problem with Quizalize! Quizalize offers a variety of music options, immediate feedback, and individual accountability. Teachers receive a live feed of results and can assign for homework.

Global Connection Opportunities

Same Day in March - Share temperature data with a classroom across the country.

Squiggles of Awesome - Share artwork with a partnering classroom!

Global Read Aloud

Need Help?

Karen Darroch's Schedule:

Tuesday - Deer Valley Elementary

Wednesday - Bluff Park Elementary

Thursday - Greystone Elementary

Link to Help Form: http://goo.gl/forms/FSrkrKVktU

Link to Frequently Asked Questions: http://bit.ly/1Lit5k3 (Content added daily!)

Sara Carpenter's Blog: http://www.techcoachtimes.blogspot.com/

Jamie Nutter's News: The Tech Awakens

Time to Share!

What are some of your favorite apps and how do you use them in the classroom? Please add your favorites to create a resource for all K-5 teachers. There is a tab for Math, Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Creative. Select the link below and share! Thank you to those who have contributed. I would love for this to become a resource we can all use.



Great Website to find apps:


Contact Me!

I would love to come to your room and teach a lesson. Here are just a few of the lessons I am teaching in the classrooms.

  • Create a digital post card using Google Slides
  • Create a Mystery Number, Person, Place, or Thing with Google Slides
  • Lesson on Tour Builder
  • Create Student Portfolios using Google Sites
  • Pick from a number of Google Projects
  • Graph data using Google Sheets
  • Research lessons
  • Technology Playground Centers
  • Code Lessons
  • Google Drive lessons with the Do's and Don'ts of creating a Google Slide Presentation
  • Read an Augmented Reality Digital Book with a writing extension activity using Google Docs
  • Reading Centers with iPad
  • Digital Citizenship Lessons
  • Research Lessons

Please email me or fill out the help form to schedule a day and time.

I would love to learn from you! Please invite me into your classroom to see all the engaging ways you are using technology in your classroom.