I Love You❤️... to the moon🌙 and back! Father's Day WeVideo🎥 Green Screen Project

The phrase "I Love You to the Moon and Back" from the popular children's book "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney was the starting point for this project. It's such a beautiful book to read and share with young students about how Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare try to find ways to measure the unmeasurable love that they feel for each other. 
Therefore, for Father's Day this year (in Spain it's celebrated on 19th March, the day of Saint Joseph), I wanted to capture this moment with a special video message, using WeVideo.

It was really easy to do, and only really required a few objects: a step ladder, a green screen to cover it, and a few clamps to keep it in place... the rest was made using WeVideo stock media and text animations.
The set up should look something like this...

The most important thing is getting the camera in the right place for it to look right. I had to try it a few times to get it right, but once everything is in position I was able to film all of my students really quickly.
All I asked my students to do was: 
  • crouch down and climb up the step ladder 3 steps (not too dangerous),
  • touch the moon (I told them where it would be),
  • and finally look towards the camera...
Easy! Then, all I had to do was edit it... 

My WeVideo timeline consisted of 7 layers... firstly, the moon background video which is available in the WeVido Essentials Library. Above that goes the ladder illustration, which most closely resembled the size and shape of my real ladder. The next 4 layers are the different text elements that are timed to appear with the students actions. Finally, on the top I put the students video with the green ladder and green background. In WeVideo, it should look something like this...

I converted the video edit into a template which made it really easy to share with my younger students for them to simply add and edit their own recording.
Once I published the video, I have that found that the easiest way to share it is as a .GIF file. My favourite place for this is ezgif.com as I can convert my mp4 file to a GIF file completely in Google Chrome.

Finally, for me, the easiest way to share it with their families is via a QR Code that is linked to the .GIF file in Google Drive, which they can then stick in their School Diary. I do this in QRCode Monkey, which is great for creating personalised QR codes.

¡Feliz Día del Padre!

"Querido Santa"🎅 Festival de Navidad de Infantil🎄

Este año decidí escribir una obra original para nuestra tradicional Festival de Navidad de Infantil en mi colegio. Todos los años buscamos una obra de teatro para enlazar las actuaciones de las diferentes clases de Educación Infantil. Entonces, mi idea era buscar cartas graciosas, bonitas y originales de niños y niñas de todo el mundo, escritos a Santa Claus.

Aquí comparto el guión y los vídeos de la actuación completo de "Querido Santa", por si alguien se anima a utilizarlo en su colegio...

Guión "Querido Santa"

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¡Feliz Navidad!


🎅Bola de❄Nieve Navideña☃ Proyecto de🎥WeVideo🎄

Para el vídeo de felicitación de Navidad de este año, me inspiré en el blog tutorial de Tricia Fuglestad y quería intentar hacerlo con las herramientas de G-Suite for Education y los Chromebooks. Para esta tu #appsmash usé Google Drawings, y por supuesto, WeVideo.

El primer reto era organizar las diferentes capas... hay un fondo, el alumno, la nieve cayendo, y el primer plano. Entonces, empecé a experimentar con Google Drawings y al final mi linea de tiempo en WeVideo parecía así...

En fin, tuve que crear una composición con Google Drawings, luego duplicarlo y añadir una máscara verde donde quería que apareciese el alumno y la nieve. 
Encontré una Bola de Nieve guapísima en freepik.com, y un decorado de galletas navideñas para el fondo en pngtree.com  
Puedes hacer click en las imágenes debajo para hacer una copia y utilizarlos para tu proyecto de Navidad. 

Hacer una copia

Hacer una copia
Una vez que has creado la composición, lo único que queda hacer es añadir la nieve y grabar a tus alumnos delante de una croma. Luego, añadirlos a la línea de tiempo en WeVideo...

Con mis otros proyectos de vídeo, me gusta convertir el vídeo al formato GIF porque en general son más fáciles de abrir y compartir. Mi convertidor preferido de GIF es EZGIF.com porque me permite hacerlo todo desde Chrome. Luego los comparto con las familias a través de un código QR con el enlace a Drive. Hago el código QR en QR Code Monkey, porque se pueden personalizar los colores, el estilo y añadir una imagen...

Si queires ayuda con esto mandarme un email a ryangornall13@gmail.com o escribirme un mensaje a @ryangornall13 por Twitter

¡Feliz Navidad!

Snow Globe vector created by macrovector - www.freepik.com
Gingerbread decoration PNG Designed By 潭佳 from Pngtree.com
Merry Christmas on QR Code - www.freepik.es

🎅Christmas Snow❄Globe WeVideo🎥 Project🎄

For this year's Christmas Card video I was inspired by Tricia Fuglestad's blog tutorial post and wanted to try and recreate it on a Google-based platform. For this #appsmash I used Google Drawings, and of course, WeVideo.

The first challenge was figuring out the layers... obviously, there is a background, a subject, the snow falling, and the foreground. So, I started experimenting and eventually my WeVideo timeline looked a bit like this...

Basically, I had to create a composition in Google Drawings, and then duplicate it and add a green mask where I wanted my snow and subject to appear. 
I found a beautiful Snow Globe in freepik.com, and a cool Gingerbread decoration for the background in pngtree.com  
Click on either image below to make a copy and feel free to use it for your own Christmas Video project. 

Make a copy
Make a copy
Once you've created the composition, all you need to do is add snow and film your students in front of a green screen and add it to your timeline...

As with my other video projects, I prefer to convert the video to a GIF file as they're generally easier to open and share. My favourite GIF converter is EZGIF.com as I can do it all from Chrome. Then I share with the students' families by QR code which I create at QR Code Monkey, as it allows me to personalise the colours, style and add an image...

If you would like some help with this please email me at ryangornall13@gmail.com or message me @ryangornall13 on Twitter


Snow Globe vector created by macrovector - www.freepik.com
Gingerbread decoration PNG Designed By 潭佳 from Pngtree.com
Merry Christmas on QR Code - www.freepik.es

PdG News

One of the projects that I have started this year at school is a weekly news programme with my students from 6º Primaria. Every week I have tried to cover some of the events going on at the school and then each week I ask for help from a few students to film it. 

The students have responded really positively, and each week more and more students are volunteering to help me. The perfect tool for making each News Bulletin has been WeVideo... in the 1st week I created a template for the news programme with school logo, title sequences and backgrounds which are all included in the WeVideo media library. Therefore, each week I only need to add the footage of the student reporter and the activity that we're covering.

G-Suite for Education makes the whole process really easy as I can begin the News programme script in Docs on Monday and collaborate with other teachers or students about what is going on. I can also easily share photos and videos of the different activities with whoever I need to through Drive. Then, to put it all together and share it with my students and their families, I have put it all into a Google Sites that also allows me to share additional information, extra photos and interesting links.

#GSHGasteiz19 WeVideo workshop

At #GSHGasteiz19 I was given the opportunity to offer a workshop about collaborative projects with WeVideo at the annual event organised by GSuite Hezkuntzan in Vitoria.

Since the GEG Spain event that I attended in Valencia in May, I've learnt an enormous amount about how to use WeVideo in my classes, and so I decided to prepare my own workshop.

Before my own workshop, I also attended Javier Simón's workshop, "OK Google, ¿Hablamos?" which gave me some really cool and interesting ideas about how to use Google Assistant with my students. I have a Google Home Mini myself, but I never could have imagined how it could be used in the classroom.

Javier Simón - "OK Google, ¿Hablamos?"

Once I arrived at the venue, I was also informed that my workshop was going to be live streamed via YouTube. Even though this made me a little bit more nervous about presenting my workshop, it was nice to know that my family and friends would be able to watch it at home.

I tried to structure my workshop, so that I could adequately describe how useful it can be in the classroom, but also giving the participants enough time to try it out. I took as many of my video and green screen resources with me as I could, for everybody to try out some chroma keying tricks.

I received a lot of positive feedback and I think that everyone that attended enjoyed the experience, but more importantly left with some ideas about how to use video with their own classes.

It was a great experience and a wonderful opportunity to meet so many enthusiastic and dedicated educators. 

Halloween Vocabulary

As part of the homeschooling lessons sessions I have been creating this year for my Infants students I decided to make a Halloween special!

Feel free to use and share, and I hope it's useful for your young learners.



🎃 Happy Halloween 👻 Headless Student GIF 🧛

So, for Halloween this year I wanted to do something different... and with my green screen studio I had the perfect opportunity...

Headless students! It was really easy to do, and the kids had great fun doing it as well. This is how I did it... first you need a few green objects. I used the green wall in my classroom for the background, a green t-shirt to cover the head of student 1, and a green sheet to cover the body of student 2. It should look a bit like this...

Once I had filmed all of the students I used WeVideo to edit... I was able to colour key all of the green out of the video and then add a halloween background. WeVideo has a huge amount of halloween stock images and videos in its essentials library to choose from. To repeat the process was really easy, as WeVideo allows me to create a template which means that I just have to change the green screen layer in each edit...

I decided to convert the video files to GIF to make them easier to share. My preferred tool for this is ezgif.com It's really easy to use, plus I can upload, convert, edit and download, all within Google Chrome. 
And then to share the GIFs with the families I used QR codes with a link to the GIF file in Google Drive. At QR-Code Monkey I could personalise the image with Halloween colours and a Happy Halloween image, to look something like this...

I printed and laminated the QR code and put it in their school diary for their parents to scan, see and download.



This school year, we wanted to create an activity for our students to do at home with their parents. Something for them to reinforce what they are doing at school, but also to show the parents what their kids are learning.

Therefore I created some interactive activities using Google Slides...

2 años http://bit.ly/PdGhomeschooling2colours

3 años http://bit.ly/PdGhomeschooling3colours
4 años http://bit.ly/PdGhomeschooling4colours
5 años http://bit.ly/PdGhomeschooling5colours

Because of the recently added feature that allows audios to be inserted into Slides, I could record a short activity for the students to listen and repeat at home. 

Visual Arts

It's been a while since my last post because I've been busy preparing resources for this school year. Since I discovered WeVideo I've been looking at ways of teaching Visual Arts to my students. 
It started at the end of the last school year, when I asked for a section of classroom to be painted...
Twitter post
From there, I started creating my own videos...


And from there, I started preparing resources for my students to start making their own videos. I wanted to create resources that allowed my students to work autonomously, so I created a Google Sites with everything they need. It contains 14 different projects for them to choose from, presented as Hyperdocs. From each Hyperdoc they can create a Notes page to collect information, a Script template and a Storyboard template, as well an Evaluation Rubrics to know what is expected from them.

I'm still starting out, but I'm looking forward to seeing what my students create.

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