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The Green Screen Makerspace Project Book

144p. index. photos. McGraw-Hill. Nov. 2017. pap. $20. ISBN 9781260019957.
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Educators looking for makerspace ideas will find plenty of inspiration in this volume on using green screen technology—the process of using a green or blue background to superimpose a digitally created background in post-production—for videos and photographs. The introduction contains practical tips on gathering supplies and preparing spaces. Twenty-four detailed projects across a wide array of disciplines follow. For those on a budget, Burleson (SLJ's 2016 School Librarian of the Year) mentions several low-cost strategies—buying green plastic tablecloths from the dollar store, for instance, and creating mini—green backdrops using green paint and pizza boxes. The author also offers step-by-step guides from fellow educators across North America. All products feature images of the young people who created them, which will undoubtedly grab students' attention. In the introductory chapters, the book highlights applications and resources that are available for Windows and Chrome, such as WeVideo. However, the step-by-step production suggestions focus mainly on iPad-only apps, including Do Ink and Book Creator. Users of non-Apple products will find many of the directions within wanting—the instructions that make this a valuable resource unfortunately have limited utility for creators relying on alternative devices.
VERDICT A dynamic effort for Apple users seeking makerspace tips.

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