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Kids Teaching Kids: Filming Skills of Today for Kids of Tomorrow

As the year winds down, minds begin to shift towards preparing for next year's batch of students. One of your best resources is the students in your classroom right now. Our class is in the process of creating a series of reading strategy lesson videos, book review podcasts, math and grammar tutorial videos, and more for next year's group. All of this will benefit the new crop of students and will help students receive assistance on division, compound sentences, reading strategies, and so on from other students. This post is LOADED with helpful resources and details on how to create podcasts and green screen movies in your classroom.  Don't miss this post! It's a must-read for preparing for next year and could be a real life saver!

Kids Teaching Your Upcoming Kids:

Why It Matters

Photo: Lyndsey teaches a lesson on converting fractions to decimals and percents. That takes a lot of pressure off the teacher and provides the upcoming class with an instant resource when this skill needs to be taught again next year.

Many teachers will tell me that they just don't have time to create all these movies and podcasts in their room. With the end of the year looming, I say we can't afford not to! With a room full of proficient students, why not start by simply asking students this question:

"I want you to reflect on all that you have learned this year. Are there any skills that you not only understand well, but could teach others?"

Even your most struggling learner will have something to share. After sharing the skills or concepts with the class, have students write down a plan of action on how they would teach it using a video camera (Flip Video) or screen capture for a podcast. Follow this up with a written plan before setting up a tripod and camera by your designated filming area. Most of my students preferred a direct lesson using a dry erase marker and the board. I simply pushed the record button and let the lesson begin!

Recording Tip: Assign your students numbers, so that students can continue to film throughout the day without you. The prior presenter will aid the next one by pressing the record button and stopping it. This method can easily give you 20 different lessons for your class next year with little effort on your part!

So, are you convinced this could be a beneficial resource for your class next year (and the years following)? If so, it may leave you asking how to film and post what is created in class. Where do you start? With many options available, you'll have a lot of routes to choose from. Read on to learn EVERYTHING you need to know to get yourself and your class ready to film and post. This post will include:

~ Directions and resources on creating a direct lesson that's filmed by your students.

~ Directions and resources on having your class create podcasts.

~ Directions and ample resources on having your class create a movie utilizing green screen capabilities.

~ Different routes for posting your videos, including free sites.

Filming How-To Tips


Flip Video: I strongly urge you to purchase a Flip Video camera. It's easy to use, doesn't require cords or programs, and can be used by young students with ease. You simply press the red recording button and plug it into your computer. It's as easy as that.

Jing Screen Capture Program: I just learned about this incredible resource, for students who are interested in creating podcasts. This free program allows you to easily create a podcast that will capture what you are doing on your desktop with audio or allow you to utilize an external or built-in Web camera for recording. The best part is that it provides FREE storage for these podcasts online. This helps any teachers whose school districts have limited server space.

Optional: A tripod for your camera.

Advanced Tools

If you are interested in having your class create green screen movies to utilize for next year, here are some of the additional tools I recommend.

Pinnacle Studio 14: This is a program that allows you to add green screen filming. You can download this on your computer for free as a trial, but the full cost is $40.00. A cheaper program is Magix Movie Edit Pro 15, which I purchased for less than thirty dollars.

Green Screen: You can purchase a green bedding sheet (lighter-colored ones work better) from your local store and you can use butcher paper. When I purchased Pinnacle a few years back, a green screen came with the program. It is pictured in the main photo and below.

Directions and Resources on Creating a Direct Lesson Filmed by Your Students

If you purchase a Flip Video, you will not regret it. It is an essential tool in our classroom. The easiest step to filming in your room would be to set up a Flip Video camera on a tripod and hit record. Hit the record button again when you are finished and then plug it in to your computer. With the Flip Video program, you can quickly upload your photo as a "wmv" file wherever you like.


Sharing Your Movie

With so many resources online now, it is easy to share what you created in class. Here are a few resources and routes I recommend when you finish recording:

~ Post it on your Web site, if space is not an issue. I post my videos on my classroom site.

~ Post it on TeacherTube.

~ Post it on iTuneU.

~ Post it through Jing (a screen capture program).

Directions and Resources on Having Your Class Create Podcasts


I just created an extensive Web link on my site that shares podcast possibilities, podcast filming programs, and publishing possibilities. Direct links include Podcast Tutorial Resources and Podcasts We Have Created.

PowerPoint from IRA Session: iTunes, Apps, and Podcasting in the Classroom

Jing, Screen Capture Software and Storage
Step 1: Recording With CamStudio or Audacity Step 2: Editing With Windows Movie Maker
Step 3: Converting to an MP4 Link to LAME encoder
Outtake InterWrite Sampler

Most Recent Addition: Book Review Podcasts. Here is Spencer's review of Double Fudge.


Directions and Ample Resources on Creating a Green Screen Movie

Interested in learning how to do this? I have very clear labeled photo step-by-step directions for creating a green screen movie, along with green screen videos for you to view. I also cover how to work with Magix Movie Edit Pro 15 and Pinnacle Studio 14 through labeled photos in PowerPoint. Because Beth and I have both written about green screen movie making before a few times, I have created a page on my classroom site that puts all of these resources together.


View a detailed/visual step by step PowerPoint using Magix Edit Movie Pro 15 and Pinnacle Studio 14.

Happy Recording!

Please feel free to ask questions or share any ideas you may have about filming in your classroom for next year. Again, I highly recommend that you

~ download Jing for a super quick approach to podcasting,

~ purchase a Flip Video, and

~ get filming soon! 




  • #1 Angela

    Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 08:36 PM


    It would be great if there was a free green screen program out there, but I don't know of any. Macs have this built in (poor quality), and the cheapest PC version I know of is Magix Edit Pro. It also happens to be the poorest quality.

    Both Pinnacle, Corel, and Magix allow you to use a digital photograph in the way you describe. I would recommend downloading Pinnacle online as a free trial. This will allow you to try it out and accomplish your project in the process for free.



  • #2 Megan

    Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 05:23 PM

    I am wondering if there are any free programs that would allow you to use a green screen with a digital photograph. Then I could have the audio recorded to play along with the student's picture.

  • #3 Angela

    Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 04:15 PM

    I had a total blast and enjoyed working in the unique classroom environment. Scholastic is such a great company to be paired up with, and I feel honored to have been brought along with such an amazing team/corporation.



  • #4 David Goddy

    Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 03:33 PM

    Angela,Great presentations at IRA!

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