iMovie for iPad


Age Scale: 10+

Device: iPad

Quick Line:  Hollywood Here We Come!

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I’m not bragging or anything, but this year, my students are sharp.  And now that I can focus almost completely on teaching Reading, I am finding that I have TIME to do the FUN things that I have wistfully pinned on Pinterest!  We finished 2013 with a bang!  While my heart and mind dreamed of sliding into the holiday break, I wanted to conclude our PALS unit with some sort of book review project that integrated technology.  Now, iMovie scared me.  It looks so, well, fancy.  I’m far from an artsy, creative type (that’s my hubby), and I desperately seek organization in my lessons.  But I held my breath, crossed my fingers, and dove in.  And I am so glad that I did!  I will warn you:  I did not have the courage (or patience!) to have the students create iMovies from scratch.  I, instead, started with iMovie trailers which are a series of pre-made templates complete with a storyboard, editable text boxes, pre-selected transitions, and pre-programmed music.  It was perfect for a first time user like me (and most of my students), and the results were outstanding.  Students dragged and dropped their photos and videos and created text to convey the emotion behind the book and chosen template.  Some of them were almost shaking because they were so excited to share their projects.  I was so proud of them!  Here are a few samples of my favorites.   Next time, as there will certainly be a next time, I will allow students to create their own iMovie trailers from scratch by choosing their own audio clips and working with a picture editing app.  If you have any suggestions on how to take this project to the next level, please leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear from you.

PS Longer Letter from The iPod Teacher on Vimeo.

The Christmas Genie from The iPod Teacher on Vimeo.


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  1. Susie, I love this! I shared it with 5/6 at COnnellsville! Awesome. We are hoping to look into this:) hope everything at CI is well!


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