iMovie in the Classroom

The emergence of technology in classrooms creates amazing opportunities for our students to create meaningful content.  Apple computers come with content creation tools already installed.  Some of the more popular are:  Pages, Keynote, iPhoto, Garageband, and iMovie.  The iLife suite that is included on Mac computers includes iMovie.  For a quick overview of iMovie, check out the following link from Apple:

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The two most viewed items on the web today are pictures and videos.  According to eMarketer, “87% of U.S. brands and agencies leveraged video for their content marketing programs.”  With the emergence of video as an essential tool for business, this is a great opportunity to train our students on how to create meaningful videos.  To create effective and meaningful videos from iMovie there are five essential steps:

1. You need a focus question or assignment that will allow students to focus on content that tells a story or is meaningful.  The direction you establish here is essential.  The assignment must lend itself to the creation of a good story and movie.

2. In looking at the focus question or assignment, students should research the data they need to answer the question or the material they will need to complete the assignment.  This step involves outlining the content or data.  A good outline will allow for a much smoother step 3.

3. This is the most important step, a strong script.  Like hollywood, the script phase of production is the most important.  If the story is not powerful or meaningful, the movie will suffer.  Donald Miller, in his book A Million Miles In A Thousand Years, says a powerful or meaningful story is essential for good movies.  Students need to have multiple edits of their script using either peer editing or teacher revision.

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4. The next phase involves student’s Storyboarding their script.  Like Hollywood, students should begin looking for archival footage or ideas for videoing that will align itself with the script.  The video, or even still images, provides “eye-candy” for the viewer.

5.  Finally, we are able to start working with iMovie.  If the previous four steps are followed, this is the easiest and most fun part of the journey.  They will now start to build their iMovie.  Students can use multiple tools to record their scripts or narration.  I have found that Garageband gives the most flexibility and works well with iMovie.  There are a multitude of resources about using iMovie on the web.  There are also some amazing resources on YouTube.

What kind of assignment or projects can you create for your classroom that will allow your students to create amazing iMovies?

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Chris Routt

Chris Routt

Chris Routt is a husband, father, artist, and teacher. He is currently a teacher at Scottsburg High School and owns one of the top senior photography studios in the country, Mr. Foto.

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