The coolest thing I ever brought into my teaching practice is Greenscreen technology. It makes the videos I create more interesting and gives my students creative superpowers.
Greenscreen technology is an inexpensive technology to support, once you already have devices in your classroom. Teachers can get started with classroom greenscreen effects without spending anything on an app and very little on supplies. Here are my top 5 tips for getting started with green screen in the classroom.
Mind Your Budget
Do it cheap. Bright green felt, or construction paper will work as a backdrop and the lights in your room will be good enough to get started.
Think In Bulk
Many small green screens are better than 1 big one. Deploy as many as you can and let students use them often. They will discover amazing uses for this fun video technology.
Keep It Clean
Iron your backdrop. Wrinkles make shadows, and shadows kill the greenscreen illusion. Have an iron on hand and be sure to use it regularly to keep the backdrops smooth. For paper backdrops, be ready to rebuild them when they get ripped or faded.
Three Feet Are Better than Two Feet
Tripods triple video watchability. Teachers everywhere agree, tripods really help.
Lighting Doesn't Have To Be Expensive
Use the best light you can. Don't tape your backdrop to a window, avoid shadows. If your school will support it, consider getting some inexpensive lights. Cliplights from the hardware store can work. The main thing is to try for bright light facing the green screen and no backlighting.
Have the Kids Figure it Out
Don't overinstruct. Your students will want to figure this one out. let them get started and help in small groups as they work.
Share their Work
Sharing your kids Green Screen videos is the “publishing” step. Make sure you don't break your school's social media guidelines, but get these videos in front of parents, other students, teachers, and friends of your school.
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