Green Screen...It’s Magical!

Janet Corder

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What Do You Know About Green Screen?

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Green Screen Information

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!


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Green Screen and Hollywood

Hollywood has been using green screen technology for years to make movies and television shows. Here are a few examples. Note: Not all images are classroom-appropriate for all ages.

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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  • Here's what happens when a Meteorologist wears green! Check out these videos here and here.

Green Screen Student & Teacher Examples

Green Screen with Play-Doh and Green Paint

Green Play-Doh and a creative imagination work well together in green screen projects!

Dryden Elementary Art Website

Mrs. Fuglestad, the art teacher at Dryden, has an incredible website that includes tons of ideas for using green screen. Yes, it is an elementary site, but students of all ages would enjoy many of her lessons. She shares the downloads for the lessons, step-by-step directions, and student examples. View her STEAM Art Lessons and iPad Ideas for green screen activities.

Follow Mrs. Fuglestad for great ideas! @TriciaFuglestad


Examples:

  • The Snow Globe Effect is a fun way to teach transparency, animation, and layering with green screen. The downloadable file makes this project easy to complete!
  • Directions, downloadable files, and examples can be found here.
  • Moving Postcards use a Harry Potter-styled effect to create a moving postcard. Check out the post here.
  • Veggie Tales use the Do Ink Animation app to add eyes and mouths on objects and then make them talk.
  • Custom Holograms

Ideas to try

Ideas for Green Screen Backgrounds

  • Inexpensive bright green tablecloths from party or discount stores
  • Bright green fabric or bulletin board paper

Shopping Tips

  • 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

Remove the Background from an Image or Video

Do you need to remove the background on your latest selfie? Remove.bg 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.


Unscreen.com - This site can be used to easily remove the background from short videos and convert them to a .gif. Add these .gifs to your Slides, google docs, etc. to engage your students!

Tutorial: bit.ly/tutorialunscreen


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

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.

Green Screen on Chromebooks

WeVideo works well on Chromebooks. See the WeVideo information under Green Screen Software and Apps for tutorials.

Free Green Screen Solution for Chromebooks - This blog post by TCEA details a Kapwing, a tool that will work with Chromebooks.

How to Find Free Images and Stock Videos for Classroom Projects

]You and your students can always use pictures and videos from your camera or device, but you might not always be able to find what you need. The following are resources for images that can be used by you and your students. Always check the license agreement when using these in projects.


Reverse Image Search:

Not sure where an image came from? Try a Reverse Image Search. Upload an image and the search engine will find the original image source.


Tips for Searching:

  • Search for green screen background
  • Search for Zoom background
  • If you are finding backgrounds on Google or social media sites, be aware of the copyright restrictions.

Green Screen Software and Apps

Veescope Live

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

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WeVideo

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.


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TouchCast Studio

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


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Animation & Drawing by Do Ink

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 Do Ink Green Screen project. The drawing editor can be used to create vector artwork and frame-by-frame (flipbook) animations. The composition editor can be used to combine your artwork and props from the Do Ink prop library into more detailed scenes.


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Janet Corder
Email: janet.corder@gmail.com
Twitter: @corderj