Teacher Review for iMovie

An easy way to bring book trailers into the classroom at any grade!

Petra L.
Classroom teacher
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used this in both my 1st grade and 4th grade classrooms to make book trailers. Like most new things, using iMovie for book trailers took quite a bit of modeling (more so for my 1st graders). A huge take away is how important it is for kids to actually write their ideas down on paper before starting to plug in text and photos/videos on iMovie Trailer. It was also important for my kids to take pictures in landscape mode as it was impossible to edit the layout of a picture once it was in iMovie. Having said all that, using iMovie to make book trailers, I had SUCH buy-in and excitement from my kids. After finishing their assignment, it was guaranteed that kids would ask if they could make another one. Students also worked really well together to get this project done and the final products looked professional.
My Take
This is one of my favorite teaching tools. Instead of waiting until May, I wish I had used it earlier in the year with my 1st graders since they loved it and were pretty confident with it towards the end. I started our first trailers in 4th grade in October and they just took it and ran with it with minimal support. I know we will be coming back to visit book trailers in iMovie throughout the year. Aside from the level of engagement and ease of use, I love how there is such small boxes in Trailer to type text. This really stops and makes my students think about only including a few words of text, while still keeping the viewer interested and engaged. I also love hearing the conversations in student planning. Kids take this photos and videos seriously and much debate goes into the best angle, shot, etc. The only thing I wish iMovie had was it's own printable template for planning purposes. There are some templates out there that I have found through a Google search. However, I would love it if a printable storyboard that reflected the actual trailer layout would be accessible through iMovie.