The Green Screen Creation Station @ Evergreen

Introduction

21st Century learning has been in the forefront of educational technology for the past several years, though it is important to understand that teachers and school librarians should not be using ed tech because it is the next great thing, or because it is new and cool. Technology can be a tool to be used to create new things, previously inconceivable without the technology. “The SAMR Model is a framework created by Dr. Ruben Puentadura that categorizes four different degrees of classroom technology integration” (Powerschool, 2021). SAMR stands for substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition.

This model can be applied to participatory services in the school library. “Participatory service and change are the heart of Library 2.0, and technology is a tool that can help us get there” (Casey & Savastinuk, 2007 p. xxii). The school librarian is in a prime position to support curriculum throughout the school, so it makes sense to include ed tech participatory spaces in the school library.

Green Screen technology has existed for decades, but now with schools moving toward 1:1 devices, the school librarian can easily and cheaply accomplish creating a green screen space, thus I propose the Green Screen Creation Station.  The inspiration for this idea came from an after school professional development session I held to help teachers integrate green screen technology within their classrooms. Students were learning about penguins and each one chose a penguin to write a report on.  Instead of a typical report, the teachers wanted the students to make it more engaging, so their idea was for the students to dress like they were in Antarctica, stand in front of a green screen and explain everything about their penguin of choice.  The background would include an Antarctic landscape. As the teachers were working, a few of them commented that it would be great to have a permanent green screen space to use whenever, not just when a project came up.  This new green screen space within the Evergreen Academy K – 5th grade school library will enhance curriculum, engage learners, and build community.

The main goals are to increase student and staff engagement in core curriculum, to enhance participatory learning in the library, and to collaborate on projects and create amazing things. It is also vital that they participate in the process of bringing the Green Screen Creation Station to life.  As Casey and Savastinuk state in Library 2.0: A Guide to Participatory Library Service, “User participation can enrich the programs and services your library offers.  When we refer to user participation, what we really mean is customer involvement in the creation and evaluation of programs and services” (Casey & Savastinuk, 2007 p. 14).  Customers = students & staff in this instance.

Goals & Objectives

The benefits of this new space in the library are that it:

  • Creates an opportunity to build 21st Century skills
  • Creates a safe space for collaborative learning
  • Inspires creativity in students and staff
  • Inspires empathy and kindness through this participatory service
  • Provides an excellent opportunity for students to reflect upon what they’ve learned when they create projects in the Green Screen Creation Station
  • Provides a space for students to practice with expressive, process-oriented work

Another facet to think about for the Green Screen Creation Station is to make sure everyone’s work and time spent is valued. “Across our communities and across cultures, understanding, empathy, and kindness matter in everything we do. Technology extends human reach but participation requires engaged participants who feel welcome, comfortable, and valued” (Stephens, 2016 p. 81).

Description of Community  

The community the Green Screen Creation Station is aimed at are the students and staff at Evergreen Academy in Bothell, Washington. The school librarian is in the unique position to create and support participatory services at this school because they are also the Lead Technology teacher and Vanguard Teacher (an instructor and coach for teachers and staff). Parents would normally be included, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the space is limited only to teachers and students. Parents can, however, reap the benefits of their students’ work by viewing it on their screens at home.

Action Brief Statement

The librarian will: 

Convince the administrators and teachers at Evergreen that by having a dedicated green screen space complete with ready-to-go setup they will more readily and easily integrate existing technology which will broaden teaching strategies and enhance student learning because the library isn’t just a place to house books. It is a place to learn, create, and inspire.

Evidence and Resources to Support Technology and Service

Foundational Resources

Casey, M. E., & Savastinuk, L. C., (2007).  Library 2.0. Information Today, Inc. 

Matthews, B. (2012, April). Think Like a Startup. [White paper]. Virginia Tech. https://vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/bitstream/handle/10919/18649/Think%20like%20a%20STARTUP.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Stephens, M. (2010, March 2). The Hyperlinked School Library: Engage, Explore, Celebrate. Tame The Web. https://tametheweb.com/2010/03/02/the-hyperlinked-school-library-engage-explore-celebrate/

Stephens, M. (2016). The Heart of Librarianship: Attentive, Positive, and Purposeful Change. ALA Editions.

Evaluating Progress

Connected Learning Alliance. (2020, August). Evaluating Library Programming. https://clalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Evaluating-Library-Programming.pdf

Stephens, M., & Casey, M. (2008, April 15). Measuring Progress. Tame The Web. https://tametheweb.com/2008/04/15/measuring-progress/

Tech Integration

Bruyere, J. (2020, July 31). How Green Screens Bring Learning to Life. Edutopia. https://www.edutopia.org/article/how-green-screens-bring-learning-life

Carr, J. M., Kruggel, J. (2020). Lights, Camera, Student Voice: Using Technology to Address and Explore Economics within the C3 Framework. Journal of International Social Studies, 10(1). 

Cordell, D., Eckhardt, S., Hauser, J., & McGriff, N. (2012, October). Educational Technology in Schools. [White paper]. American Association of School Librarians. https://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslissues/positionstatements/AASL_Ed_Tech_WhitePaper.pdf

Powerschool. (2021, April 13). SAMR Model: A Practical Guide for K-12 Classroom Technology Integration. https://www.powerschool.com/resources/blog/samr-model-a-practical-guide-for-k-12-classroom-technology-integration/

Mission, Guidelines, and Policy

The current mission, vision, and values statement of the school and school library would remain in effect and there is already an acceptable use policy and parent / student agreement in place for the school technology, so no changes will be needed there. These policies highlight the innovative, caring, and personalized learning practices at Evergreen, while maintaining compliance with safety protocols. The Instructional Leadership Team at Evergreen, which consists of the Principal, Assistant Principal, Lead Tech/Vanguard, and the Instructional Mentor will set the examples for the staff and students to be inspired by. If Evergreen were to allow volunteers, there are protocols in place for bringing them in (ex. background checks, scheduling, sign-in process).

Items Needed and Funding Considerations

The items needed for this project are:

  • A green screen
  • iPads with iMovie installed
  • Tripod for iPad
  • Lighting

Since the school already has a 1:1 iPad program in place and already possesses the rest of the items, there will not be any up-front costs associated with the Green Screen Creation Station. However, the library might consider purchasing additional apps like DoInk Green Screen for a more kid-friendly experience. Additionally, it is important to consider what to do in case of accidental damage or if there were an instance where staff would like outside professional development. If purchasing additional apps, supplies, and PD time for this project is not feasible for the school, the Organization of Parents and Teachers allows grant money for projects such as this. As stated though, additional funding is not necessary to begin this project.

Action Steps & Timeline

The Green Screen Creation Station project is to be presented at a staff meeting.  Admin and staff will need to be on board and be willing to help out with the physical aspect of putting this project together. Once the basic ideas are finalized, the whole process of assembling the physical space and planning for professional development can begin. The librarian is already in the process of book weeding to make room for the more circulated items in the library and also to re-claim some space which will be used for the Green Screen Creation Station. This process can be accomplished within a 4 week period.

The steps are as follows:

  1. Librarian will complete their book weeding project to make room for the green screen and associated technology.  This should take about two weeks.
  2. A “work party” will be scheduled to move shelving and hang the green screen and create signage for the station.  This could be completed in one after-school session.
  3. Professional development will be scheduled for anyone who wants to learn how to use the space and the iMovie app to create the chromakey effects. The professional development could be done in one after-school session and it can be ongoing. Additional time can be scheduled with the librarian.
  4. The first session will be scheduled in the school library calendar so that the librarian can be available to help out. One session will be at least 30 minutes and can go longer depending on the schedule for the day.
  5. A mini-evaluation of the first session will occur and any changes can be made at that time. This can be done at the next staff meeting.
  6. Promotion of the program will occur. This can be done via newsletter and social media.
  7. Further scheduling of the space and a final evaluation period will occur.

Staffing Considerations

The librarian will already be familiar with using a green screen and can schedule time with anyone who would like to learn the technology.  Existing staff can schedule PD time or sessions with the librarian to familiarize themselves with the use of the Green Screen Creation Station. They will use their own iPads, so equipment checkouts from the library are not necessary. Once staff is comfortable with the use of the station, they will no longer need direct assistance from the librarian; they may use the space on their own time with their students. As Evergreen is a K – 5 school, students will need to be supervised by staff, but can also have the flexibility to learn the technology and work independently or in groups.

Training

Training sessions can be scheduled with the librarian. Further resources will be communicated to the staff by the librarian so that they may research ideas ahead of time. All staff and students should be familiar with iPad technology. Since Evergreen Academy is an Apple Teacher school, this will not be an issue.

Promotion & Marketing

Once the steps in the timeline are complete, teachers and admin may include details about the Green Screen Creation Station with parents and students. The librarian will write a blurb and provide pictures of students at work for the school’s social media channels. The Organization of Parents and Teachers may also share this via their social media channels.

A benefit to promoting these types of participatory programs at Evergreen is increased enrollment. The neighboring public school districts are considered to be some of the best in the state, so it is vital that Evergreen Academy sets itself apart from those districts in many ways. Not only will the students and staff benefit as stated above, the school as a whole will benefit from the optics of having this space in the library which prospective parents and students will see on their tour of the school.

Evaluation

“The most difficult part of 2.0 librarianship is not the creation of new services nor even the job of convincing those in charge to let you try those new ideas. No, the hardest part is often the reexamination of ideas” (Casey & Stephens, 2008).

To evaluate the Green Screen Creation Station, a short Google Form will be sent to all staff and the 3rd – 5th grade students to survey their satisfaction with this new program.  Staff will receive this via email and students will receive this through their Technology Course in Schoology, the current learning management system at Evergreen.  K – 2nd grade will also get a chance to chime in through the use of their learning management system, Seesaw.

Additionally, any social media comments from the school’s social media channels and also the Organization of Parents and Teachers’ channels will be considered as well as how many hours per week the space is utilized.

Information about how to evaluate such services can be found in Evaluating Library Programming by the Connected Learning Alliance. “As library staff, you have much knowledge and insight about your patrons that can be integrated into the process of systematically collecting and analyzing data” (Connected Learning Alliance, 2020 p. 38).

References

Casey, M. E., & Savastinuk, L. C., (2007).  Library 2.0. Information Today, Inc.

Connected Learning Alliance. (2020, August). Evaluating Library Programming. https://clalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Evaluating-Library-Programming.pdf

Powerschool. (2021, April 13). SAMR Model: A Practical Guide for K-12 Classroom Technology Integration. https://www.powerschool.com/resources/blog/samr-model-a-practical-guide-for-k-12-classroom-technology-integration/

Stephens, M., & Casey, M. (2008, April 15). Measuring Progress. Tame The Web. https://tametheweb.com/2008/04/15/measuring-progress/

Stephens, M. (2016). The Heart of Librarianship: Attentive, Positive, and Purposeful Change. ALA Editions.

2 thoughts on “The Green Screen Creation Station @ Evergreen

  1. Annie Papy says:

    Rose, green screen technology seems like a really fun way to engage kids in interactive lessons! It would be a fun service to expand with mocap technology, too. Lots of interesting possibilities that will really get kids involved.

    I still remember playing with the green screen on an NBC studios tour which was [umm…..maybe 30?] years ago. That’s a big impact on a little kid. 🙂

  2. Rose Holck says:

    Hi @annie — Thank you so much! Mocap technology would be so fun! That might be a cool idea for an after school enrichment.

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