Green Screen filming
Green screen technology has come to Central School! In December, Mrs.Kane introduced the new green screen. It is located in the back room of the library, and it looks like a big green curtain on a frame. There are also some very bright lights that shine on the green screen.
With the green screen, students can create video presentations that make it look like they are presenting from far away locations. For example, the fourth graders were studying the solar system, so each student pretended to be reporting from some place in the solar system. They were videotaped in front of the green screen, and then using an iPad app, they put the green screen video in front of a video of the place in the solar system, so it looked like they were reporting from that location. Sadie and Moriah reported that the sun was incredibly hot!! Emma S made it look like she was having trouble standing on a comet, and Kiahna reported that Neptune was very windy!
Third graders are now using the green screen to create video presentations as part of their biography unit. Each student is reading a biography of a famous person and taking notes about his/her life. Then the student is writing a first-person report, as if the student is the person he/she read about. Next, the students dress up as their person and stand in front of the green screen to read the report. Finally, the student will place photos from his/her person’s life behind the report video! The goal is to have it look like the famous person is telling the audience about his or her life from a setting in his or her life!
Later this year the first graders plan to use the green screen to share their letters from the moon, and the second graders are planning to report on Mexico using the green screen!
The green screen that is at Central School is on loan for the winter. If the projects are successful and beneficial, Mrs. Kane and Mr. Nemlich will look into buying or creating a green screen that can stay permanently at Central School!