What is green screening exactly?
It is a video technique that utilizes a green background in front of which moving subjects (like students!) are filmed and which allows a separately filmed background to be added to the final image.
What equipment does it involve?
- Green background - in the HS and MS libraries, we have green screen kits that look like the picture below
- Green screen app - we have an app called DoInk on our iPads for students to create images and videos using different backgrounds
How can we use it?
Honestly, the possibilities are endless! To give you a few starters,
- Mrs. Travelpiece's 9th grade English students have filmed a few green screen pieces to use within their book trailer videos.
- 5th grade science students learned about volcanoes with Mrs. Kramer and Ms. McCormick. One of the options for the summative assessment was to "report live" from an erupting volcano. So their background was a volcano, then they filmed themselves giving a news report. Here is an example:
Why should we do green screen projects?
Projects like this lend themselves well to alternative assessments and creative project-based learning. Students will learn to plan for multimedia pieces, like a story board. They would possibly need to write scripts, collect props, find images or videos for their background. Students acquire knowledge in lessons, then apply it in this sort of project. Secondary skills are developed as students work with classroom content.
Do green screen videos need people as subjects?
No! Many green screen projects involve inanimate objects, animation, and stop-motion animation. So many options!
- Come up with an idea. Here are some great articles and lists:
- How to Integrate Green Screens into Any Classroom by EdSurge
- Green Screen Magic by Janet Corder and Joan Gore
- Creative Green Screen Ideas by Serif
- Students Learning How to Green Screen in a Math Activity by Patrick Johnson
- Talk to your building librarian to schedule time to use the green screen equipment - we would love to help everyone use green screens!