Green Screen — It's Magical!

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Janet Corder  
Joan Gore  

Find out how to engage students in creating videos for storytelling, book reviews, historical re-enactments, weather reports and more with the use of green screen technology. You'll learn how to create awesome videos with an iPad, some cool apps and various inexpensive green screen backgrounds.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS
Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Green Screen by Doink
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Students incorporate the four C's - Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration when producing their own videos. This can be used as a powerful method for teaching research, writing and a video skills. This process not only motivates and engages students through dynamic experiences, but empowers them to take charge of the creative process. It is an equally powerful method through which to build on skills and concepts across the curriculum while improving student engagement. Since Green Screen allows you to create a video using an image or video for your background, students can produce historical videos, weather as if they were on the top of Mt. Everest and book talks. Using Green Screen in the classroom is easy, economical and appropriate for all grade levels and subject areas! How can your students use Green Screen to demonstrate their learning? Students remember 90% of what they see and what they say. (Metcalf, T. (1997) Listening to your clients, Life Association News, 92(7) p16 - 18). Activities that are shared will allow students to use technology every day to access information, make decisions and express creativity. Students are using their authentic voice and sharing with an authentic audience. Participants in the workshop will experience activities that can easily be replicated in multiple subject areas and grade levels. Participants will have access to detailed how-to instructions electronically. When teachers create dynamic learning communities within their classrooms, the impact on instructional practice is immediate and rewarding. The highlight of this workshop will be the teachers creating their own video! The presenters have been actively collaborating with school districts across the United States to design lessons and activities that engage and empower students. This has been a very successful workshop that has been offered at other conferences.


Introduction (15 minutes). Overview of the significance of student-produced videos and supporting evidence. (15 minutes). Present various lessons and activities in multiple subjects and grade levels (30 minutes). Teachers create their own Green Screen videos. (30 minutes). Process: The presenters will guide the participants through the various tools and resources that will bring success to their classrooms. Participants will create their own product with others and save to their devices.
Times will be adjusted if this is a 60 minute session.

Supporting research

Create a Green Screen Video in Your Classroom Scholastic Teachers,. 'Create A Green Screen Video In Your Classroom | Scholastic.Com'. N.p., 2015. Web. 29 Sept. 2015.,. 'Bringing The Classroom To Life With Green Screen Technology -- THE Journal'. N.p., 2015. Web. 29 Sept. 2015. Valle, Ruth. 'Engaging Students By Taking Them On Location With A Green Screen'. EdTechReview. N.p., 2015. Web. 29 Sept. 2015.

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Janet Corder, J2 Training

Janet Corder is an educational technology consultant specializing in technology integration, mobile learning devices and current educational trends. She’s often asked to teach model lessons in classrooms to show educators how to successfully use available technology to positively impact teaching and learning. Her presentations and training sessions take the fear out of integrating technology across the curriculum, meeting the needs of the beginner to the most advanced user. As a Texas public school educator, Corder spent over 20 years in the classroom and as a campus instructional technologist. In the last 10 years of her educational career, she served as the coordinator of instructional technology for Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas. Corder was also an adjunct education professor at a Texas Wesleyan University, teaching the course “Computers as a Classroom Tool” in the education department. She has co-authored four books on technology integration and professional development, and served in various positions on the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Board of Directors. In 2013, Corder was awarded ISTE’s Making It Happen Award. She’s also a Nearpod PioNear, an Apple Teacher, an ambassador for Flipgrid and Wakelet, and a Nearpod, LiveBinders and Newsela certified trainer. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Baylor University and an M.Ed. from East Texas State University (Texas A&M Commerce) in Reading.

Joan Gore, J2Training