Green Screen Search

Yesterday we spent the day looking for a bunch of still shots we could place behind some videos.


Green Screen 101:

1. Find good backgrounds.

2. Decide on script.

3. Wear non-green clothes.

4. Shoot footage in front of chroma key (green screen).

5. Post production editing (FinalCut Pro or iMovie).

6. Now your video looks like its on location.


More on Being a 21st Century Educator

What is all the buzz about 21st Century educating? I think it is more than just using technology in your classroom- though that is lots of fun.

In 1995, I was a part of a research team that was integrating technology in the classroom to teach energy in the human body. We had video cameras, simulation programs, and a whole host of other instructional technology. The teachers were scared back then, as they are now. The school district was the worst in Massachusetts and educators were giving up on these “at-risk-students.” But, they performed just as good as the other school districts. Why? Because we integrated lots of learning tools and we believed in them. Technology allows us to do so much more. It allows us to empower students to learn in ways in which they are already familiar.

BUT, Being a 21st century educator is more than simply using technology in the classroom.  It is also about the student. It is about empowering the student to reach higher than we ever could in the past. It is about empowering students to learn from others around the world, from primary sources, and from amazing teachers.

So, here are some more ideas on morphing…

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Knowing Your Story

Knowing your story and those stories around you is so helpful in education. We are always telling our students to read the textbook or read some unrelated stuff. But we can’t forget that there are people around us that have lived the history we read about. This became even more apparent to me this weekend when I read a book my grandfather just finished writing about my grandmother’s life.


This book was about how my grandmother made it through the Great Depression, life at home with 10 children (1 adopted son is a Catholic priest missing and presumed dead in Sudan), the changes in the Catholic Church, and several other historical events.

There was so much information I never knew… Like she was in several movies, first as a Meglin Kiddie dancer, then on her own. (Midsummer’s Night Dream scene below.) These movies helped supplement the family during the Great Depression (a time when they lost all their investments).

It reminds me how rich our lives are from the people around us. And, how much we can learn from primary sources.

21st Century Learning

morphing3This is the new buzz world this year in our schools.

But, is it really new or is it just integrating the computer lab into the classroom?

Or is it doing what some of the best teachers already do?

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