Getting in on the Green Screen Scene

By:Justin Birckbichler

greenscreensMy fourth grade students have met George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert E. Lee. They have traveled from the forest to the desert to the beach in a matter of seconds. How is this possible? Through the magic of green screens.

What are green screens? They are exactly that; a green (or sometimes blue) surface that actors perform in front of, to which digital effects are added. Sorry to burst your bubble, but Chris Hemsworth really can’t fly [Ed. Note- WHAT!?! Lies!], Sandra Bullock really didn’t float through space, and The Great Gatsby wasn’t really filmed in 1920s NYC. Through movie magic, actors can travel to any place imaginable: past, present, or future.

As with any educational technology endeavor, it is critical to understand why you should implement this into your classroom. Do you teach history, science, or language arts? Can you take your students back to the founding of America, shrink your students down to explore an atom, or have them travel to any setting they wish? With a green screen, the answer is yes. You can create a more immersive experience for your students, which in turn will help them to remember the lesson for years to come. Additionally, it becomes a more fun and engaging experience, which is something that all students need.”To read further please click here:

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