“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” By John Dewey
Using iMovie maker can open many doors in the classroom for students to use their 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking along with using technology. This week I am going to show you one way how you can use iMovie in your classroom.
Using the green screen feature is easy and makes learning a little more fun. For years in the classroom we have had the students doing Readers Theater, making their own skits or commercials etc; well now they can do this in front of a green screen and bring their work more to life. As far as materials you will need to purchase a green screen which is cheap, we paid under $10.00 for ours (some people even go to a store and purchase a big green sheet) and a video camera, a flip camera being the easiest to use. The steps are so easy that any student in grades 3rd and up can do them. If you teach K-2, I recommend sitting with them.
Step 1: Shoot the video of the students doing their skit, play commercial etc.
Step 2: Plug in your camera, if it is a flip, put it into the USB drive. iMovie will open up and ask you if you would like to import the video, click import. Name your project and click create.
Step 3: Once you imported the video it will be seen in the bottom portion of iMovie. See screen shot below.
Step 4: Find a picture or use one of your own that you want for your background. (Make sure it is not copyrighted). Save the picture to your desktop and then drag it into the project library, which is in the top left side. Once the picture is in the library, click on it and change the duration to double the length of the video clip. (Ex. If your clip is 30 seconds make the picture 60 seconds)
Step 5: Highlight the portion of the video you would like to use (I usually use the whole clip) and drag it on top of the picture. A side bar will pop up and this is where you can click on green screen effect.
Step 6: Edit the clip how you see fit, cutting out the background until you have the movie the way you like it. (You can do voiceovers, add music etc. I always start off basic and then as I learn the program I start “playing” around) Press the play button so you will see what it will look like in the right corner.
Step 7: Once you have the video to your liking, go to the toolbar up top and click on share. Share the video the way you would like. I created a You Tube account were I share all my videos. I like that I have the option of how much privacy I want on the video.
That is it! The first few times will take you about 10 minutes but I have now gotten it down to 5 minutes, unless I play around with the editing features. Some things to remember when using iMovie in the classroom is that you want to make sure that you have parent’s permission to share the video. The best part is if you ever get stuck, you can look up ‘how to videos,’ as there are plenty out there and that is how I taught myself.
At our school, we started using the green screen to make videos to also connecting fitness, geography and technology! The students can choose to run laps at recess; these laps are converted into miles. We then add up all the classroom miles to have Mr. O (assistant principal) Mr. Higgins (PE teacher) travel the world based on these miles. They started off, at the school, in Charlotte, NC and have traveled to many places. Each place they travel to we shoot a different video using landmarks as the background, along with other clues and the classrooms have to guess, ‘Where in the World Mr. Higgins and Mr. O are?’ Check out some of the videos here http://ow.ly/9IVRV