Todd Burleson

Hubbard Woods Library Media Specialist and 2016 School Library Journal’s School Librarian of the Year!

Order Todd Burleson’s new book, Green Screen Makerspace Project Book

This easy-to-follow guide clearly explains green screen technology and shows, step-by-step, how to dream up and create professional-grade video effects. Written by a teacher-maker-librarian, The Green Screen Makerspace Project Book features 25 low-cost DIY projects that include materials lists, start-to-finish instructions, and detailed photos. You will get coverage of software that readers at any skill level, in any makerspace―from a library to a living room―can use to produce videos with high-quality green screen effects.


Learn about the history and evolution of green screen


Explore the underlying science and technology


Choose a suitable lighting kit or find the best natural light


Put it all together and create visually interesting presentations


Edit your videos using PC, Mac, and Chromebook programs

Learn About Idea Lab

The Hubbard Woods IDEA Lab is part of a district-wide initiative to develop STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) sites at each academic level. It was created after extensive site visits, research and review. At HWS, the STEAM lab is a vital part of the school library. In fact, we’ve come up with a new term for it: a ‘libratory.’ It is a merging of the terms library and labratory. In this space, students are as likely to experience design thinking challenges as they are to be researching topics for a presentation.

Idea Lab Robotics

There are four different platforms that allow students the opportunity to explore complex concepts hands-on.

Order Todd Burleson’s new book, Green Screen Makerspace Project Book

Get To Know Todd

Idea Lab Construction

Construction need not consist of specific blocks or sets of materials. We know that recycled cardboard is just as inspirational for our students. This is just one of the tools we provide for them to express their creativity.

About Todd

Todd Burleson is a 24-year educator. He has enjoyed teaching students from kindergarten to college. After nearly two decades in the classroom, he became a teacher-maker-librarian. He was honored to receive the 2016 School Library Journal’s School Librarian of the Year Award. He, along with his PTO and colleagues, created The IDEA Lab at Hubbard Woods School. This cutting-edge STEAM space highlights progressive education and best practices, and is always seeking to find the balance of books and bytes. He is always curious and fosters that sense of wonder in all he does.