There are two major parts to a green screen project in your classroom. First the actual green screen. A green screen kit can be purchased from Amazon for as little as $49. I recommend a slightly higher priced set up that comes with lights as well which runs about $150. Link: http://a.co/b0hSbKr . Of course you can achieve very similar results with a green painted wall, or green paper on a bulletin board. Just make sure that the paper is bright green and large enough that you can fit as many students into the frame as are working on the project. My rule of thumb is that four people should be able to fit comfortably within the confines of the green screen. My current set up is a green sheet attached to the back board of my room. Price: $29 Link: http://a.co/ad9z17S
My Green screen set, up at rest and in use.
TouchCast is free of cost and provides you with a mobile movie studio on an iPad. Overall, it is an excellent app with the ability to add multiple mobile devices as secondary cameras. This app will give students the feel of working with professional level equipment without going beyond the teacher's budget. All of the technical ability of a TV studio in an iPad to iPhone. Be warned that there is a learning curve to this App.
The second app is
Green Screen by Do Ink:
Green Screen is a simple App that does one thing, it allows the students to film their green screen scenes within the app, then export the scene to a different movie editor such as iMovie. This App cost $2.99 and is comparable with both the iPad and the iPhone. I prefer this App because all of my students have access to iPads or iPhones. This means they can easily shoot their green screen shots on Green Screen and export the scenes to iMovie or Clips which is already on their devices. iMovie also the virtue of being a very capable editing program with a simple learning curve. In many cases, my students have learned how to use iMove prior to entering my class. The comfort that the students have using iMovie allows them to spend more time crafting their story and green screen shots as opposed to spending the time learning the mechanics of editing their clips into a finished product.
If you assign your students video projects then it is time to take the leap and incorporate a green screen into your classroom. The possibilities are unlimited. The green screen gives your students the creative freedom to take their projects to new and exciting places, without ever leaving the classroom.