Sunday, March 23, 2014

iMovie for iPad in the Classroom

There once was a time when video creation and editing was a skill only had by computer geeks and the tech savvy. As technology evolves, video creation becomes easier and easier. And then came iMovie for the iPad! This iPad app makes video creation as easy as can be (not to be confused with iMovie for the Mac which is more robust and much more complicated). Teachers can now create their own videos or better yet, they can have students create videos as a tool to demonstrate mastery of knowledge. 

Why use iMovie with your students :
  • iMovie can bring your lessons to life through video, sound, and picture.
  • It is a powerful and highly engaging tool for students to share their knowledge and express themselves in the form of digital movies.
  • iMovie can open many doors in your classroom for students to use their 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking along with using technology.
  • It promotes collective knowledge construction and individual reflection.

What are some examples of how you can use iMovie in the classroom?

In a social studies class, a student might create a movie to present a video report on a historical figure, present a newscast or take a position in a debate. In science, videos could be used to evaluate a lab experiment or explain the process behind any bodily system.  In a Language Arts class, students could use video to compare and contrast characters in a book or act out a scene from a play.   Foreign language class is a perfect opportunity to have students demonstrate mastery of the language by creating a videos demonstrating their use of the language. In a Judaic studies class, video could be used to document the process of the lesson or a discussion of various commentaries. One of the advantages to using iMove to allow students to present ideas and concepts to other students it that it allows student who might afraid to present in public the chance to correct mistakes and to self edit their presentation or material.

Edtech guru, Kathy Schrock, wrote a blog for Discovery Education where she describes the following uses for iMovie in the classroom:

  • Have students create an “end of course or class” trailer to introduce others to the course
  • Students can create an advertisement for a product they created in a STEM class.
  • Movie trailers can put a new spin on the “all about me” presentation.
  • Students can help create promo pieces for upcoming school events, class elections, and fund-raising activities
  • A movie trailer can be a very short, but exciting digital story, summarizing the content and/or process in any curriculum area
  • Roz Linder’s ideas for using movie trailers as a way to introduce different viewpoints
  •’s  great resource about the use of film trailers in the classroom
  • Mr. Manion’s Movie Trailer Analysis which could easily be turned into a rubric

iMovie for iPad has two types of projects:
1. Movie Trailers - these are short, approximately one minute videos patterned to look like a movie trailer. These are easy to create; all you have to do is organize your still photos and video clips and then put them into already created templates. There are numerous templates to choose from and all the background music and transitions are build in. Click on the links below to read and watch how to create movie trailers. Also be sure to click on the links below that show student and teacher work examples of movie trailers.

2. Projects - these are more typical videos, created by putting together various video clips and still photos while inserting your own music in the background. This is not as simple as trailers, but it gives you more time and options to thoroughly create a project. These are great for collaborate group projects!

To get started, all you have to do is organize your electronic artifacts, which includes: still photos, video clips and music files. Choose which type of project will work bet for your scenario, outline your script of process and get started. Click on the links below to learn the ins and outs of iMovie for the iPad. I included video tutorials, written directions, useful links and examples of teacher and student work.


Video Tutorials
1. How to Use iMovie for iPad -  Nine elements (Projects)
2. How to Create iMovie Trailers (Trailer)
3. iMovie for iPad Tutorial (Projects)
4. iMovie Tutorial (Projects)
5. iMovie for iPad in 5 Minutes (Projects)

Written Directions
1. How to create an iMovie Trailer
2. How to make a Movie Trailer with iMovie for iPad
3. Storyboard Help Sheets if iMovie Trailers - This is awesome!
4. Edit an Instruction Video with iMovie for iPad
5. Making a Legendary Movie Trailer with iMovie for iPad

1. Apple iMovie Help Page
2. Using iMovie at every level of Bloom's
3. iMovie Rubric
4. 13 Ways to Use iMovie in the Classroom
5. 6 Ways to Enhance Student Learning Using iMovie

Student and Teacher Work
1. Abolitionist Project - Created by a nine year old
2. Elements of a Fairy Tail
3. A few weeks ago, I went into Mrs. Elisheva Kaminetsky's Navi (Prophets) class where she had finished a discussion on Crying. In my non-professional way I wanted to play around with a full project and a movie trailer. These could have used some more editing, but they are a good start.
Full Movie

4. Rabbi Aaron Fleksher had his students create movie trailers. Here are some examples:

Here are some more ideas for using iMovie in the classroom. 

Create a digital book summary
To produce a videocast about current events
To create a movie that depicts different parts of speech
Slideshow from the Zoo
Use to create a movie that depicts proper classroom behavior
Create a sigh language movie
To capture and assess oral readings
To record a conference with a subject matter expert
Have students record and edit their school play
Create a movie on life skills
Expose students to different types of culture by creating video documentaries
Create a video field trip
Record a Radio/TV Showvideo of students presenting proper behavior
 Many more

Links to Previous Videos

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