Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Using a green screen to make classroom videos

A couple of weeks ago I had the awesome opportunity to attend the ASB Unplugged tech conference at the American School of Bombay.  One of my favorite sessions was run by the kindergarten teachers there who showed us how they use a green screen to make videos with their classes.  If you aren't familiar with what a green screen is, check out this video to get a better idea:

Obviously I am not yet making Hollywood quality movies with my four year old students, but we have been having some fun with this technology.  Here are a couple of the videos we made:

The first thing you need to do to be ready to make your own green screen videos is to go download an app.  I used Green Screen Mobile Effects  from the iTunes store (it's an iPhone app, not an iPad app, so if you're searching for it on your ipad just make sure you click the iphone apps tab.  It's a free app, but I would suggest paying the money to upgrade to be able to use your own backgrounds.   http://bit.ly/1ezji83

Then, you need to set up a green screen in your classroom.  I just used some green bulletin board paper, but you could paint cardboard or buy a big piece of green fabric too.

Now you're ready!  Just open the app, choose video then select a picture from your ipad that you want for your background.  Have students stand in front of the green screen and record.

You can export the videos into your photo folder on your ipad and then transfer them to your computer so you can edit several videos together using a program like Windows Movie Maker, imovie or Animoto.

If you have any fun ideas for how you can use a green screen video with your class please comment!

1 comment:

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    28902 Getafe (Madrid)

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