Ready to Go Green Screen?
Howdy! Thanks for visiting. This page tries to capture a variety of great ideas I've seen online about using green screen in the classroom. I hope you will find the ideas shared inspirational.
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Apps & Tutorials
Learn the Tools
iOS - DoInk's Green Screen for Video/Photo
Explore iOS premier green screen tool, DoInk's GreenScreen, with this Jonathan Wylie created sway. It features videos, blog entries, sketchnote of ten ways to get started with green screen for under $5, and much more.
Android - Media Studio Pro
Activity #1 - Make Your Wall Green
If you are shooting with 2 different green sources such as a painted platform and a cloth/tablecloth backdrop, its best to match the color as close as possible between the two. You can also build your own portable green screen out of PVC pipe.
Activity #2 - Green Screen Icebreakers & Mini Green Screen
Activity #3 - Problem-Based Learning with Green Screen
Crafting Solutions to Problems
Students can easily create non-fiction, fiction, informational presentations featuring green screened solutions.
Here are some fantastic ideas for PBL:
Some Project Ideas
Some phenomenal ideas from How To Integrate Green Screens into Any Classroom appear below; be sure to read the entire article for a whole list!
- Make Word Problems Come to Life, Grades 4 to 12: Have students use a green screen to act out math word problems visually, such as by having students act out a scenario in which these word problems come to life. For instance, students could recreate the word problem.
- Tour Body Systems, Grades 2 to 12: Remember the 1987 movie Innerspace? Students can “tour” the human body by using anatomical diagrams as the background, and props to explain how body systems work.
- Reading Fluency, Grades K to 8: Film the pages of a storybook, pausing on each page long enough for a student to read it. Drop the filmed pages of the book into the background, then film the student reading the story.
- Video Book Report, Grades 2 to 12: For a more advanced approach to a “green screen story,” students can literally become part of their favorite story or book by dropping illustrations, stock video, or photo backdrops into the background while they offer an oral book reports. They can then discuss or act out their favorite parts of the story, or even interact with story characters (actors) in the setting of the book.
Activity #4 - Green Screen Dioramas
Why not create a video diorama using a green screen pizza box or box? Students can populate their creation with action figures that they move around with green rulers or straws (or suspend with green string). This adds another level of excitement and animation to the dioramas once created out of shoe boxes.
Students can also recreate scenes from their favorite movies, using action figures against a real life backdrop. Consider dinosaurs, Star Wars, Star Trek as ways to create engaging plots and stories that explain academic topics.
Activity #5 - Lego My Green Screen
Pre-built Lego pieces can also be used to populate a world. While the green lego piece won't work (unless you need a hidden support or component), using legos with green screen backdrops could facilitate stop-motion animations or full motion movies.
Activity #6 - Holy Holograms, Batman!
Activity #7 - Mars Colonization
Combine Robotics & Green Screen To Create Daring Adventures and Problems
One exciting idea for students involves having them solve "real life" problems. For example, consider the need to colonize other planets. Students can be introduced to Mars Colonization, learning to program a robot to gather critical resources, materials, perform rescues against the Red Planet's landscape
Activity #8 - Storm Chasers
Drop students and staff into a dangerous scenario, then have them create the "Meet the Problem" or engaging video for a PBL (e.g. Problem-based learning, project-based learning) activity for the class.