Oct 08

The Flexibility of iMovie

iMovie makes a frequent appearance in our elementary school classrooms, especially those with 1:1 iPads. The reason is that the application has infinite uses, it is easy to use, and it is so much fun! Students have had their iPads for about a month, and I have seen students use iMovie to share classroom expectations, interview peers, share information about Geometry, record and evaluate fluency, make movies to explain science content, and to create documentaries.

To use iMovie in its simplest form students only need to know how to start a new project and record footage. They quickly learn more tricks as they use the application to edit footage such as adding titles, music, transitions, and cropping clips. It is a beautiful thing to watch students as they excitedly share editing strategies with one another, and as a result, all of their work improves.

Students are engaged with learning when they are tasked with the challenging of turning content into a product that others can view. When students make a movie, they recognize the potential for a greater audience. Often, they think about how they can make others laugh. I see students considering their audience as they record thoughts and add pictures.

There are numerous uses for iMovie! Students can use pictures to describe scientific processes or to explain an event from history. They can create reader response activities by summarizing what they have read in a story or by relating their thoughts on a specific section of text. Students can use iMovie to reflect on their own work or to quickly produce an “exit ticket” retelling what they learned in class.

I am wondering what other uses teachers have found for using iMovie in their classrooms? Have you seen or used iMovie to liven up a traditional (yet beneficial) teaching strategy? Has anyone employed iMovie in an innovative way to improve learning outcomes?

If your students love to use the iMovie trailers, then here is a helpful link with templates for each of the movie trailers. Students can plan out their script, as well as their images and videos.


The video below is one example of how we have used iMovie this year.  Students made videos to teach the class about digital citizenship.  In this particular trailer, the students are sharing with others that it is inappropriate to copy other’s work without permission.


Create Your Own Work from Zoe Parrish on Vimeo.