Teacher Review For iMovie

Simple, clean, quick video recording and editing.

Cathy L.
Technology coordinator
Northside Catholic Academy
Chicago, IL
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
One project that we used iMovie for was to create a short movie based on research. 3rd grade did research into Native Americans, 5th grade studied animals and their ecosystems. These were both put into iMovie with pictures, typed notes, and the students speaking, creating a video that could then be put on display showcasing the students' learning.
My Take
iMovie can be used to help the students become more aware of their behavior when presenting their ideas. The students were more comfortable recording each other than standing in front of the class to present. The added advantage is that each student can see exactly how he or she looks when giving the presentation later. From this the students are able to take another recording if they desired the opportunity to do better. The app also allows for cutting and splicing of clips, allowing students to take the best parts of each recording for their final project. Teachers could use this for recording a class or lesson for publishing online or on the schools internal network. Science projects can often be expensive to repeat for students that are sick that day, while not as good as the hands on, a recorded video is the next best option.