“Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.” Chinese Proverb

Last week I talked about using iMovie and a green screen to open 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 how you can use iMovie using Movie Trailers.

Using iMovie to make movie trailers is not only fun but can be used many ways in the classroom. You, as a teacher, can create a movie trailer for getting your students excited about a new topic, experiment or a book. Let students create their own movie trailer to capitalize on content knowledge while using higher order thinking skills of Revised Blooms Taxonomy. The students can create mocie trailers for books, presentations or e-portfolios. The steps are easy enough that any student in grades 3rd and up can do them. Before allowing your students to create make sure you have expectations in place along with rules. For example, I would make the students have the script ready before they are allowed to create along with the video filmed. Here are the steps to create a movie trailer…

Step 1: Open iMovie and start a new project. If a new project does not automatically come up then click, file and new project.

Step 2: Name your project and chose a theme template under the Movie Trailer section (see image below). There are 15 themes such as action, adventure and epic drama. The thing to remember here is what you can’t change such as the music, background and time duration. The time duration is found under the movie trailer when you preview. Once you have chosen one, click on create.

Step 3: A new iMovie screen will pop up. Import your video so it will be in the bottom section.

Step 4: In the top left section you will see three tabs, outline, storyboard and, shot list. Click on outline first. Fill in the name and other sections with the information you want. You will notice on the right side the screen will show you how it will look.

Step 5: Next, click on the storyboard tab. Here is where you are going to drag appropriate scenes into the sequence. You will notice that there are suggestions for the scenes such as action, wide etc, these are just suggestions. This is where you can type movie title overlays.

Step 5: To preview your movie trailer, click on the play button right below where it says iMovie. Edit it until it, you like it.

Step 6: (Optional) You can add voice over if you want. To place voiceover on your trailer you must first convert to a project file. This is under the file tab, beware once you convert to a project file you CANNOT return to the movie trailer format.

Step 7: When you are finished, click on the share tab at the top. Choose how you want to share it via Facebook, You Tube etc. (I share all my iMovie trailers to my You Tube account).

Here is an example of a Movie Trailer I did that represent our school. http://ow.ly/9RzJ0

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Comments on: "Using iMovie in the Elementary Classroom: Part 2" (2)

  1. […] Using iMovie to make movie trailers is not only fun but can be used many ways in the classroom. You, as a teacher, can create a movie trailer for getting your students excited about a new topic, experiment or a book. Let students create their own movie trailer to capitalize on content knowledge while using higher order thinking skills of Revised Blooms Taxonomy. The students can create mocie trailers for books, presentations or e-portfolios. The steps are easy enough that any student in grades 3 rd and up can do them. Using iMovie in the Elementary Classroom: Part 2 « Inside the classroom, outside the box! […]

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