Be Anywhere, Anytime
Green Screening in the Classroom
During the 2008-2009 school year my principal attended a
conference where a teacher shared about using green screen technology
in the classroom. She came back excited and ready to make it happen in
our school. We were already equipped with Flip Video Cameras and she
made a trip to the local fabric store and returned with a large piece of
green fabric. We had no idea what we were getting into, but it’s been a
worthy adventure. In the beginning we had a lot of software
challenges, but have since been able to purchase Adobe Premiere
Elements and Adobe Photoshop Elements to create the green screen
effect. The problem is at this point only our Technology Coach and myself
know how to use this software. With increasing interest from other staff
members to use green screen technology in the classroom, I feel it’s
important to offer training to other staff members so they too can utilize
this highly engaging video technique.
Do you need a way to spruce up your old
lessons? Are you tired of teaching the same thing in the
same old way? Are you looking for a way to increase
student engagement? Join us for, “Be
Anywhere, Anytime,” a staff development that will allow
your students to transport themselves anywhere, at
anytime. Go back in time to the colonial times, fast
forward to the future, or enter into the world of make
believe; with green screen technology you can take them
there. Join us as we explore the world of green screen
and be ready to see your lessons transformed.
100% of teachers that participate in the
training will leave with a new idea for teaching a
previously taught unit based on a post training
100% of teachers that participate in the training
will feel more confident in using the Adobe
Software to create green screen videos based on
a post training survey assessment.
100% of teachers will report an increase in
student engagement in the topic they used
green screen for two months after training.
Using the survey data from two months after
the training 100% of teachers will report using
the green screen technology or will be willing to
accept help in using the technology in their
Be Anywhere, Anytime
Topic Approximate Time
Introduction: What is green screen? 3:45-3:50
Why would I use green screen in my 3:50-3:55
How can I use green screen in my classroom? 3:55-4:05
How do I make it happen? 4:05-4:25
Brainstorming with Colleagues 4:25-4:40
Question and Answers 4:40-4:50
What is Green Screen
If you’ve ever watched the weather you’ve seen green screen in action.
Another name for green screen is Chroma Key.
Green screen involves the removing of all the green color in the video or
image and replacing it with a background of your choosing.
It’s a creative, highly engaging way for students to demonstrate their
learning through video and image creation.
Why use it in my classroom?
Highly engaging way for students to prove their understanding of a topic.
Fits well with Problem Based Learning and Big 6 Models.
Great opportunity for 21st century skill development.
Allows students to work collaboratively towards a shared goal.
Allows you to address several standards and benchmarks from all different
subject areas at the same time.
Easy to differentiate.
How can I use green screen in the
Create images of your students in different settings to incorporated into
student made books or posters.
Have your students report live from an event in history.
Have students transported into diagrams to explain their understanding.
Create Public Service Announcements.
Create movies of your students’ creative writing allowing them to act it
out or use student created puppets.
The possibilities are endless!
How do I make it happen?
Facilitate the production of your student videos just like you
would any other video, but this time when you do the final
recording, do it in front of the green screen. Make sure your
students are wearing green.
Follow along on your handout as we demonstrate the process.*
10 Quick Steps to Finalize a Green Screen Production
* If we were able to be in a computer lab where we had a site license of Adobe
Premiere Elements, teachers would do this along with us.
Please work with the people at your table to brainstorm how you can see
yourselves using this in your classroom. If you think of any questions, please
write them on the provided post-it-notes.
Come together and share ideas brainstormed in group.
Please take a few minutes now to complete the
following survey about today’s training:
Two months from now we’ll be sending you a link to the
following survey to see how you have been using green
screen in the classroom.