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Monday, April 20, 2015

TEACHING TOOLS: Using a Virtual Green Screen in the Classroom

To make writing more engaging, I've been using a virtual green screen in my Gr. 3 classroom.

I've used it several times now and the students really enjoy presenting their writing to a green screen background.

Some examples include:
-what job would they like to have when they grow (a picture of a futuristic city behind them)
-a persuasive paragraph persuading a friend to buy a certain birthday present (they could choose either a picture of a stack of presents or a picture of Minecraft that had presents and torches in it)
-presenting their research about sea horses (with a video of seahorses swimming in the background)

Sometimes I take a picture of each student as they present (with the corresponding green screen background) and attach it to their writing. It becomes an instant, personalized illustration to accompany the text.

The virtual green screen is easy to use and assemble. In the video below, I explain my set up.

I'm sure it could be adaptable to the tech you may have on hand and of course the use of the green screen in a writing context is very adaptable.

Not to mention there are probably numerous ways to apply it across curriculum and across different grade levels.

In our class, we are just starting to explore it's use beyond the traditional 'media' application.

Patrick Johnson

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the explanation!
    Love the YouTube directions!