I knew that Mr. Herren had a green screen and had to assemble it each time he wanted to use it. I then started thinking about our space in the library. We have a little storage room that used to be for periodicals. Now it's just storage, and come on! That's no fun! So I thought long and hard about what this room could be, I finally landed on a green screen room! This way we would have one location set up all the time for students to be able to use whenever they needed- no assembly required. We went to work and hung our green screen, added our lights, positioned our camera, and BAM! The green screen room is now open for business!
Our first test run of this new space was something I had been thinking about for a long time. I really wanted our school to work on a newscast. Ideally, I would love a club where students work after school to write, record, and edit their own newscasts, but to start out, I was okay with doing most of the work.
I picked several volunteers and went to work on writing our script, coaching our newly hired student anchors, and editing our newscast. Each time we do one it gets better! I am so excited for what we've done already, and can't wait to see where we go with this idea! We've already planned for a club next year!
We use two apps to get our newscast done. The first is Touchcast. We use this to actually record the newscast. We then download our Touchcast and upload it into iMovie. Here I edit it, add titles or themed transitions, background music, and anything else it needs. Our final step is to upload to YouTube. All in all, it takes us about one class period to record and about two class periods for me edit. Not too bad! But next year it will all be done after school in our club. We'll also watch real newscasts to get more ideas.
Take a look at our three newscasts so far to see what you think!