Teacher Review for iMovie

Even elementary students can make great videos in a snap!

Melissa P.
Media specialist/librarian
Currey Ingram Academy (Brentwood, TN)
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My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use the iMovie app with 3rd through 6th graders. I would also recommend it for older students, but most of my middle and high school students prefer the full desktop version. As a librarian, I teach research skills so my students use iMovie to share their research. They research a topic, write a script, upload images or record video, record narration, add captions and a soundtrack. The theme and soundtrack options are good, but limited, which helps students stay focused. There is no way to add a credits screen (full page of text) so my students type their citations in a text file, take a screen capture, and upload the jpg as the final image in the movie. I have used the desktop version for years, but only with grades 6 and up. The simplicity of the app version makes it a great tool for elementary students too.
My Take
iMovie is a great tool for sharing information. iMovie is a flexible tool for students with a variety of learning differences. It offers students who struggle with written expression a creative way to share their ideas. I encourage my students to consider iMovie as a presentation tool (because no one wants to see another slide presentation!) The app offers enough flexibility for students to be creative, but is limited enough in features to make it accessible to beginners. Though I sometimes wish it had more features (like the desktop version), I recognize that I use it because (not in spite of) its simplicity.