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Using iMovie in the Elementary Classroom: Part 2

“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.

Using iMovie in the Elementary Classroom: Part 1

“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

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