Green Screen Technology Brings History to Life
As the kettle boiled for afternoon tea and visitors sampled sandwiches, students lined up to have their picture taken wearing helmets and soldier’s jackets from the Great War. Grade 10 History teacher Anthony Chuter partnered with the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa to arrange the shipment of 24 artifacts to be shared with Bayview Glen students. The study of World War One is part of the Grade 10 curriculum. Some of the pieces were reproductions but many were authentic collectables including barbed wire and shell casings.
Mr. Chuter and his students set up a mini-museum in an Upper School classroom and invited guests to view their exhibit. Visitors were greeted with war time music, hands on exhibits and display boards loaded with information including details about the crucial role Canadian nurses (or Blue Birds as they were best known) played during the war.
Many of the visitors had their picture taken wearing donated items as Mr. Chuter used green screen technology that magically placed students in the centre of war time scenarios including battle scenes and fox holes. The artifacts and learning material are part of the War Museum’s educational programme called Supply Line. “There is a major benefit for students to touch and feel actual pieces from the past.” said Mr. Chuter. “I believe it allows us to have a greater connection to the stories from our history.”