I would actually buy an iPad just for this app. It makes digital video so easy and accessible for everyone.The results make you look like a pro and it calls for no extra plug-ins or connections. I remember some years ago, John Davitt talking about how schools had the power of the BBC in their classroom through the use of ICT related technology, or something like that (apologies John). With iMovie on your iPad you can have the power of the BBC in your bag/iPad cover!!!
I think I have been here before with excitement around the ease of video creation with Digital Video. Some years ago, the Flip Camera was the new craze in our schools and I bought a number of these for schools in Redbridge. We ran a film competition and someone called Stephen Heppell judged it all.
What struck me was how great the quality of the films were and the imagination of the young screenwriters and directors. The Flip made shooting easy, but there was still the plugging it in, editing and post production aspect. This slowed the process somewhat and on some occasions you lost it all that you had done so far! I am not going to use this post to slate Windows Movie Maker, as it is a tool that has served me well for many years, even in my commercial work, but when I made the switch to iMovie, first on Mac and then on both Mac and iPad, I was struck by how Tesco Value Movie Maker felt in comparison. With iMovie you use the same device to shoot and edit the footage, you can even publish straight from the iPad to video sharing sites. However if you want to put the video on a network then you will need to get your USB lead out.
One of the winning films from the Redbridge Film Competition – for more inspiration – see this blog.
Recently, I worked with my class to make use of iMovie during our residential trip to Norfolk. I wanted to see what would happen if we took some iPads with us, and apologies but I had not given this much thought or even planned the learning objectives. When we were on the beach, in the drizzle and fog, an experience that was new to many of my pupils, I hit upon the idea of trying to make a film. One of my class took up the challenge and with 30 minutes she had shot, reviewed and edited a short trailer using the trailer templates from iMovie.
I think this experience, if any, deserves the title mobile learning as the children gained new digital creation skills in quite an inhospitable environment. For my class the video, which is now online now serves as a poignant reminder of their great day near the sea.
Last Sunday, I experimented myself with creating a film of a great day out rather than simply snapping a series of Facebook ready shots. I took Dylan to nearby Excel and Greenwich and used my iPad, iMovie and the landscape to create a mini trailer. Creating a trailer that looks even reasonably good is made simple by the inclusion of the templates and the clip guides, These show you which shots you need to include and in what order. A sort of film making writing frame. I managed to get lots of wide, landscape and action shots, though I did have to truncate the project as Dylan, water and cars are not always a good mix.
You may find these storyboard planning sheets from Timothy Jefferson helpful if you are going to have a go at making your own iMovie trailers.
Aside from creating trailers this week I have been working with colleagues on creating teaching videos. With a Vimeo account an iPad, a plastic whiteboard and a pen; this can easily be put together. Many of the parents at our school had asked to see the modern methods that we use in our lessons. Though we could do this in workshops and at open evenings it is something that can be forgotten quite quickly and not all parents can make these events. With this in mind, our Maths Coordinator came up with the idea of putting videos of these methods on-line. I am not sure he had heard of Salman Khan and his Khan academy , the same idea but on a larger scale!, but it proves great minds think alike.
So we used our after school CPD session to go through both the school calculation policy how to make and publish a video with iMovie. A few days later and we now have almost all the videos we need from our teachers, so we will soon be able to complete our webpage featuring a progression of videos from Foundation stage to Year 6.
You can view our first attempt at creating a video below and if you want to do this yourself, then you may find the help sheet we gave out quite helpful.
- App of the Day – Action Movie Effects (antsict.wordpress.com)
- Digital Storytelling with Pinnacle Studio for iPad (speedofcreativity.org)
- The Best Tips For Freeing Up Spare Memory On Your iPad (makeuseof.com)
- iMovie Updated (ipadnotebook.wordpress.com)
- iPad Applications for Video Lovers (techzed.net)