Day 1 iMovie

I used iMovie to make this film (details on how I did that below).

After the film, I had the students sit with their books (or borrowed copies of the book I keep in my classroom).  I asked them to flip through the book, look at pictures, look at the Table of Contents, and think back on the film.  I asked them to answer the following prompt on an index card: “What do you want to know?” We hung the index cards on a bulletin board I keep in my room.

I’d NEVER made an iMovie before, so this took me a while because I was figuring it out for the first time.

I used 4 primary sources to make this film:

1. our Department DIS (John Burk).  I’d email him a quick question about some logistical issue.

2. You Tube.  There are hundreds of videos (usually of kids!) making iMovies. I’d just put in my search (e.g., “how do I add music to an iMovie?”).  The You Tube videos would have step-by-step guides on how to do it.

3. Colleagues in our Department. I emailed other bio teachers and asked them for cool images/ slides/ etc that I could use.

4. Diigo.  I belong to the WMSscienceteacher group.  There are tons of links in here that directed me toward cool images and videos.   http://groups.diigo.com/group/wms-science-teachers

So, I spent between 2 to 3 hours making the video (again, next time I think it might take 20 minutes, but I had NO CLUE what I was doing when I started this).

1. open iMovie

2. there is a window on the top left quadrant where you can drag images.  this puts them into your movie.

3. there is a thin light gray bar that cuts across your screen. On the right most side, there are pictures of music notes, camera, T, some envelope like looking thing, and a globe.  You can use these to create your presentation.

Enjoy!

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