App of the Week, July 21, 2013

ImageiMovie isn’t just for the average Joe putting together a nice retrospective at Aunt Florence’s 80th birthday party (although it’s good for that, too)!  Using iMovie in the classroom can be a powerful reporting and digital storytelling tool.  iMovie is very intuitive in its basic functions and even younger elementary aged children can use this app.  Imagine having your students create a book report with narration, photos and background music.  Wouldn’t this be a great deal more engaging than having them stand at the front of the class and deliver the usual two minute speech?  I also use iMovie for putting together short videos for background information.  It’s a great way to give students visual representations and explanation of a topic they may not be familiar with.  You don’t have to be very technologically savvy to use this app, either.  You can be as basic or as complex as you like.  If you really want to go big and create your own soundtrack with Garage Band and import it into your movie, you can.  You can also use the several stock tracks provided in the app.  At $4.99 it’s one of the more pricey apps I buy, but well worth it.  My art teacher colleague use this app when we create student films and it has proven itself time and time again.

App:  iMovie

Developer:  Apple

Cost: $4.99

Devices:  iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone

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One comment

  1. I would like the personally thank iMovie for making my life as a teacher so much easier. I use it to introduce and review material and concepts. I know you have all heard the catchy (maybe slightly annoying for my neighbors) songs as you’ve walked past the art room. Imagine kids watching the 2-3 min video with text and imagery and begging to watch it again and again! Kids also love riffling through the archives of old movies like Celtic Art, Murals, Van Gogh etc, and beg to play them during studio time. I give this app two very enthusiastic thumbs up.

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