Teacher Review For iMovie

The go-to application for film-makers when it's time for a project.

James D.
Educator/Curriculum Developer
IdeaDriven Education
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies, English Language Learning
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I always offer iMovie as an option for student projects. I require a script and give pretty strict planning guidelines in order to keep them focused on the goal of the project (as opposed to the blooper reel). I also give a tight schedule, defining the amount of time for filming and editing. I make it really clear that anything beyond the time allotted in class means time at home. Most students don't mind at all. Some prefer to focus on content rather than cinematography. For them, iMovie is not usually their medium (which is why I give choices).
My Take
iMovie is, as almost everyone knows, a movie editing application. As it has gone mobile (now part of iOs), it's even more useful for teachers because your students can use it on phones and iPads. It has gotten simpler to use over the years, and this is both curse and blessing. It's a good thing in that students can quickly become proficient at putting clips together, adding sound, and making a movie. It's a bad thing because it's become so drag-and-drop that many of my students seem to have less interest in exploring its 'reach'.