Really thinking green

EdCampLondon was held at Sir Arthur Currie Public School in north London on Saturday.  I had the wonderful opportunity to visit, enjoy learning with others, and had a personal tour of the school with principal Sue Bruyns.  You can read her blog here.

There were many notable things about this new school design.  One particularly stood out and I set out a Twitter message when I saw it.

There were two such rooms in the Library / Makerspace and they were labelled as Creative Space as you can see in the sign.

Now, in another life, these rooms might be considered conference rooms suitable for a small group to work on a project.  The door could be closed to nicely lock out noise from the bigger library space.

I hope that your reaction was the same as mine.  Wow!  A room devoted to green screen!  And, certainly, we did have a conversation about green screening and used the opportunity to experiment in the room.

Andy Forgrave was behind the camera to produce this.

It’s common to walk away from events like this hoping to get “just one idea”.  In a day filled with ideas, this was my “one idea”.

Green screening isn’t new.  For the longest time, the debate is about what kind of cloth and/or material background gives the best results.  This throws it all away.  Make the entire room green, including floor and ceiling.

Beyond the basic functionality, it sends a strong message to staff.  How can you ignore the opportunities when you’ve devoted two spaces to the concept?

What do you think?  Is this an idea that you could borrow for your makerspace?

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3 thoughts on “Really thinking green

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Doug! I know that at our school, space is at a premium, and even the little office/closet spaces are used for classroom areas (e.g., a LRT Room). That said, not that long ago, I saw this retweet from Gerry Smith that looked at a green screen in the hallway.

    I think that both are good examples of the fact that sometimes we may think that there isn’t room to do what we want to do, but if we get creative with how space is used (and assign space to things that are important to us), anything is possible. And this space is being used, which makes me just as happy to see.



  2. We are lucky to have a good sized green screen room at school for our media class and they produce great stuff, some of which is also a part of a live weekly video announcements session. My class has used it, but sometimes it is in use or we can’t get there, so we keep a large piece of green material on backup. It’s also mobile…so we can take it with us if we need to!

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