Teacher Review for iMovie

iMovie allows students to be as creative and their mind will allow.

Randall B.
School support staff
Putnam County Schools
Winfield, WV
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Individual
Small group
Student-driven work
How I Use It
Students use iMovie to create video presentations of their own writing. Students were allowed to choose a piece of their writing from some time during the school year and then use iMovie to create a short film expressing themselves through that writing with visuals. Students loved working with iMovie on the iPad and creating something that was truly personal to them. Instruction of using iMovie correctly is a requirement before turning the students loose to do their work. This adds to the time required in the setup for using the product, but is worth the initial investment of time to create quality projects with little intervention from the teacher.
My Take
iMovie is a great tool to use with students to meet some of the common core literacy standards in all subject areas. It provides them a means to create something more personal and interesting that the standard essay or PowerPoint. Now that iMovie is free with new iOS devices, it's value is even greater as a learning tool.