Do you use green screen technology in your classroom? I had always wanted to use green screen in the classroom but I had never investigated it or took the time to figure it out. We had two teachers from Illinois come e to Nashville and spent two days in our classroom (yep…we let people visit us all the time!) and they introduced me to an app that makes green screen pictures super easy. So I want to show you how we use this technology!
First, you need to get the Green Screen by Do Ink app. The app is $2.99 in the app store.
Next you’ll need a green screen. On our first attempt at green screen I used green butcher paper and it didn’t work so well. Then I got some CHEAP plastic table covers from Wal-Mart. I bought a 3 pack for $3. Super cheap. And these work GREAT!
We recently purchased a green screen on Amazon. In the long run this is very cost effective since the table cloths can easily rip and need replacing. CLICK THE IMAGE TO SEE THIS ON AMAZON!
Now you need to set up your screen. This will vary depending on what you want to do with your pictures or videos.
Here are a couple of ideas we’ve used so far in our classroom:
For this set up, we placed a milk crate under the green screen to give the effect of flying!
For our first adventure with this new technology, I wanted to the kids to “float” through space. So I simply laid the green table covers on the floor and had the kids lie down and pretend to float!
Here is our very first green screen project:
Here are some more fun ideas we have played around with:
Imagine the possibilities….
space….oceans….when the students learn about a place they can do a little video sharing what they’ve learned and you can place them into the video! Beach Day? Use this technology to put everyone on the beach! The possibilities are endless!
Here is a very short and simple video explaining how I use the app to make our pictures!
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I can’t wait to try out green screening with my kiddos. Glad to see that cheap plastic table clothes work really well for this!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
First Grade Garden
I LOVE this and it looks super fun and easy! Might work great for a creative writing situation. My question is, what do you do with your finished product? Do you print each child’s picture? Do you save as a QR code for parents to access? Do you only publish digitally? I imagine that for a large class, printing could get expensive. Thanks for your response and happy summer!
Thanks for another great idea! I have seen the green screen used but now I know how to do it myself! You are the best! I would love to visit your class! It is amazing!
This will be SO much fun!! I teach High School Spanish… we can travel…we’ll take ‘vacation’ photos…yay…que divertido
Have you ever tried this with a video?