Green Screen Magic

Janet Corder and Joan Gore

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What Do You Know About Green Screen?

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Green Screen in the Classroom

How can you make your lessons more meaningful? How can your students use Green Screen to demonstrate their learning? Using Green Screen in the classroom is easy, economical and appropriate for all grade levels and subject areas!

Green Screen allows you to create a video using an image or video for your background. If your students are studying the Pyramids of Egypt, they can create a video report with the Pyramids in the background. What about a weather report from the banks of the Nile River or on top of Mt. Everest? The possibilities are endless, so let's get started!

Remember Lieutenant Dan (Gary Sinise) in the movie Forrest Gump? How did Hollywood make his legs disappear? Click here for a short video clip explaining the magic.

Green Screen in the Classroom - includes why you should use Green Screen and ideas for making a Green Screen

Everything Green Screen - includes examples, tutorials, handouts, etc.

Getting in on the Green Screen Scene - Good introduction to Green Screen

Green Screen Videos by Wesley Fryer - Great ideas and resources

Ask The Meteorologist: How Does The Green Screen Work?

Give the Green Light With a Green Screen - several good ideas

Why you never wear green when making a video.

What Happens When You Wear Green

Below is an example of a woman wearing a green dress in a green screen project. Your students might be able to think of advertisements, movies or TV shows that use the same technique. (Photo by Farzana Cassim)
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Creating a Silhouette with Doink

Tracey Williams from All Saints’ Episcopal Day School in Phoenix, Arizona shared this awesome handout on how to create a silhouette using iPads and Doink. What a fun activity!

Animation & Drawing by DoInk

The Green Screen Animation & Drawing App allows students and teachers to create advanced animations. These can then be imported onto the top layer of the DoInk Green Screen project. The drawing editor can be used to create vector artwork and frame-by-frame (flip book) animations. The composition editor can be used to combine your artwork and props from the DoInk prop library into more detailed scenes.

Animation & Drawing by DoInk ($4.99) compatible with Green Screen

Creativity Bundle by DoInk ($5.99) includes Green Screen and Animation & Drawing

Vintage Illustration Animation

The Water Cycle

Visualize Geometry Problems

Valentines Day

Layered Animations

Dryden Art - Examples and Directions

Still Photo with Rotation on an Animation Path

Geometric Transformation

Pythagorean Theorem

Happy Valentines Day

The Tell Tale Heart

The Life Cycle of a Frog

Pinterest Boards

Animation Tips & Tricks


Animations in Art

Animations in Math

Animations in Science

Animations in English/ELA


Create an Animation in Two Minutes

DoInk Animation: Green Screen Tutorial

Sketch50: Animating Your Sketches in DoInk Animation App

How to Create an Animation Using Your Own Video Using DoInk Apps

How to Create a Background using Drawing Tools in Animation & Drawing app by DoInk on the iPad

How to Create a Frame-by-Frame Animation using the Animation and Drawing by DoInk app on the iPad

How to Make Objects "Dynamic" Using the Animation and Drawing by DoInk app

How to use the Trace Feature in the Animation and Drawing by DoInk app on the iPad

Instructions for Animations & Drawing (34-page manual)

How to Share Files from DoInk Animation & Drawing app to DoInk Green Screen app

Green Screen and Keynote

Cue Prompter

CuePrompter is a free online teleprompter. Write or cut and paste your script in the teleprompter window. You can change the font size, colors and prompter window.

Help your students deliver more professional videos.

TouchCast Studio

Create videos on your iPad using TouchCast with a built in Green Screen, Teleprompter, Whiteboard and vApp (Video Apps).

TouchCast Studio Tutorials

Educator's Guide

Quick Reference Guide

Step-by-Step Handout

Veescope Live

The free version of Veescope Live can be downloaded here.
Veescope Live Full is available for 2.99 here.


How to Use a Green Screen with Veescope

Veescope Live Help Topics

Green Screen Fun Winter Olympics Project Step-by-Step

Veescope Manual

Green Screen in iMovie

Recently released! Apple just made it easy to create green screen videos in iMovie.
  1. Insert a background photo/video.
  2. Insert a green/blue photo/video ... > Green/Blue Screen.
  3. Adjust Strength and Crop.

How to Use Green Screen in iMovie for iPad and iPhone / iOS

Green Screen Direction Cards for Keynote and iMovie


WeVideo has a green screen component and it will work on Chromebooks. The cost varies depending on the number of licenses that are needed. Click here to see the pricing structure for education. Click here for a WeVideo green screen tutorial.

Ideas for Green Screen Backgrounds

  • Inexpensive bright green tablecloths from party or discount stores
  • Bright green fabric or bulletin board paper
  • Paint a pizza box bright screen to create a small green screen stage for small toys or puppets. Read more about using a pizza box here.
  • Green file folder

Ideas to try

The Green Screen Maker Space Project Book

This book by Todd Burleson is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other retailers. It gives step-by-step directions for creating green screen projects as well as tons of ideas for you and your students.

Where We Shop

Disposable Green Plastic Tablecloths - Don't pay more than $1.00 for them! Available at many different stores in the party section.

Green Screen Backdrop - The bigger the better! Amazon

Green Fabric by the Yard - Walmart seems to have the best price

Green Leggings - Cut in half to cover your arms to use with puppets - Walmart in the ladies department

Green Straws - Starbucks

Green Garden Gloves - Dollar Tree, Walmart, etc.

Maskimals - available at Walmart for $19.98

Belkin Portable Tablet Stand - Amazon

xtreme universal tablet stand - Amazon or even better...$4.00 at Five Below

Image and Video Resources

Pixabay - Find free images and videos that do not require attribution. They are also free for commercial use.

Pexals - Find free images that do not require attribution. They are also free for commercial use.

Pics 4 Learning - Pics4Learning is a user-supported image library that is safe and free for education.

14 Fantastically Free Sources For Stock Video Footage [Updated 2019] - Great list of FREE footage backgrounds

Photos for Class - Photos for Class allows users to search for creative commons photos for school with automatic citation.

Remove the Background from an Image

Do you need to remove the background on your latest selfie? does the trick! It currently only works with pictures that have people in them. Photo Scissors is another site that also removes the background from photos.

Pixabay and Unsplash are great websites to find free pictures from anywhere in the world.

Free & Easy Green Screen Editing – How to Make Transparent Backgrounds by Larissa ARadj

How to Find Free Images and Stock Videos for Classroom Projects

The sites listed in this blog post from the Techie Teacher include many of our favorites!

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