Getting Started with iMovie
This week we're learning how to incorporate iMovie into our classroom. Using the Apple Teacher program, we were able to walk through and learn step-by-step how to put something together that you could present to your students or really anyone else.
I've luckily already had pretty extensive experience with iMovie, so in terms of actual mechanics and how to work the app there wasn't much really for me to learn further, but the suggestions from Apple Teacher as to how I can specifically use iMovie for Language Arts was really helpful. One suggestion that they give is to "Build versions of picture books" that you could present to the class, and I think that would work really well for regular novels as well. When I was in high school, I did a video book project but had to do it on Windows Movie Maker, and it took me twice as long as I think it would take me to complete on iMovie just because the whole process is so streamlined and easy to use. Here's that book project, which for some reason has 9,000 views on YouTube despite me never promoting it any way at all.
In general, I think iMovie is an awesome resource for educators to create content for their students, but also for students to create content for their teachers. Moviemaking is a fun, dynamic way to synthesize and assess learning that gets students out of the rut of basic tests and essays.