How I Use It
I love using iMovies within my classroom. I have my students create iMovies or iTrailers to show their understanding of the concept at the end of the unit. The first time you implement iMovies/iTrailers within your classroom, you will need to give the students an overview of how to create them. After a couple times, they will be able to create them like pros. The iMovies are a great to motivate your students and get them excited about learning and presenting information. I have some students who are very shy, but when they can present through an iMovie, they are proud to show it to the class. The last project my class did with iMovies was making a movie about a type of storm (earthquake, tornado, blizzard). The students had to independently find pictures from the internet to use. Once they had their pictures and they placed them within the iMovie, then they had to use their science textbook to write captions for each of the pictures about the type of storm they chose. This activity worked so great because the students were able to learn about types of storms from each other. At the end, I took information from all the presentations to create a quiz. Another example of an activity we have done with iMovie is for social studies when we learn about Chicago History. Each student chooses a topic and needs to find research and pictures about their topic. Then they create their iMovie using the pictures and research. They present these to the class as well. The Chicago projects are my favorite part of the year because the students love learning about Chicago and turning into a movie.
This is a great and interactive way for students to show what they know in a fun way. My students LOVE creating iMovies and iTrailers. I think it is a great tool to use for cumulating activities. Personally, I would not use it to introduce or reteach concepts. Also, I do not create the movies, I let my students do all the work. The great thing about iMovie is that it can be used for ANY subject. It encompasses together lots of skills that students should learn and know how to do to become college and career ready such as researching information, organization of information, finding appropriate pictures, etc.