Here are some hits and tips and guidance for purchasing for this technology that seems to be taking schools by storm at the moment.
What you need & Purchasing
Before you buy anything, we have quite a number of green screen kits that schools can borrow. We’ll bring it to you and spend half a day introducing everything.
Tablet and app – the best combination is iPad and Green Screen app (£2.29) from Do Ink but other solutions are available! Ideally the app should be on lots of iPads, classroom management is easier that way, but you can cope with having it on just one iPad and using Air-drop to move things backwards and forwards between other iPads.
Green screen kit – These are available quite cheaply from on-line suppliers. Ideally you need one that is 3m wide (not so easy to find) This one looks good at the time of writing this. Because of the screen ratio / size of the Green screen app you don’t need the fabric to trail down on the floor as you can’t realistically get children’s’ feet into the shot. You can, of course manage with smaller green screens but you won’t be able to get so many children into the shot. You can also manage with any bright green (or blue) background. It’s possible to buy kits with lights. I’ve done that and then only ever used them once; the Green Screen app is so good you usually don’t need them.
Tripod and iPad mount – It is important to keep the iPad completely still otherwise it looks like your actors are floating around. You don’t need an expensive tripod as once you’ve positioned it you won’t be moving it during the shot. There are now some very cheap iPad mounts that work really easily. This one is excellent and great value. There are much more expensive solutions around that are less good.
Making this work in the classroom – This technique has endless applications; it’s great for motivating children to write (narrative / interview / instructions …). The easy way to get started is to use a still image as a background, when you feel more confident use video (an easy gain here is to film the sky then use that as a background while just keeping the characters still in front of the screen.
If you have the app on muliple iPads you can just swap the iPad on the tripod as children take turns to film. If you only have one copy of the app you’ll need to air drop it onto the pupils’ iPads when you’ve captured the footage.
You’ll find a tutorial with the Green Screen app and there’s help on how to use the app on their website
Ideally the children will take their green screen footage into a video editing app (I suggest iMovie) to make it a part of a bigger project. Or it could be incorporated into an e-book in Book Creator … All sorts of things are possible.
Still stuck for ideas?
Here are some great ideas that other people have tried:
Let us know if you’d like help with this in a Herefordshire (or nearby) classroom.