Overview of iMovie Workshop

Editor of this website and Presenter: Patricia Roberts, Educational Technology Consultant
Email: p1roberts@mac.com

"iMovie for Video-Supported Assessment and Instruction (Limit 20):
Get involved in a hands-on experience with video production using Flip video cameras with iMovie. You’ll learn how to make short films of student learning and interaction to use for student self-evaluation and assessment. The content will include the benefits of using video modeling to document skill development and growth and foster peer group work." from Lincoln-Sudbury Registration on Institute Day Jan. 14, 2011

Introduction of participants
  1. What do you know?
  2. What do you expect to take away from this workshop?

What kinds of student activities do you think will make good subjects for video assessment?
  • Reading
  • Science lab
  • Description/Demonstration of a Process
  • Speech
  • Oral Report
  • Sports
  • Music Video
  • Live Stage Performance
  • Role Playing
  • Digital Storytelling through Photos
  • Interviews
  • Math Problem Solution
  • Presentation of Research
  • Student Arbitration for School Issues

Review several samples of videos.
1. HS Science instructional video on Photosynthesis. (Teacher created for students to review)
2. Reading Assessment in Grade 2 (Hogan Reading iMovie)
3. Elementary science video demonstrating students’ performance for learning pulleys. (Partice with iMovie)
4. Whole class project for reading a story. (Mr. Grumpy’s Outing)
5. HS Math (Linear Programming student presentations of projects)

Videos that demonstrate
1. student performance
a. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldg6hnYr6-Q&feature=related (weather song)
Rubric to assess student based on recognition of words and ability to read,chant associated song.
b. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5AnkrRwf1k&feature=related (mathematical orchestra)
2. teacher instruction
a. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boX500r-i6I&feature=related (worm in apple)
3. slide show with special elements such as music, text, transitions, etc.
a. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv-2mH3vLqI&feature=related (Counting to 40)

Setting a goal for the video project
Assessment as ongoing feedback is a necessary component of the learning process, not something that happens at the end of the learning.

Pre-assessment: to discover
...what students already know and can do relative to the project
...what standards, objectives, concepts and skills the student understands
...what new instruction and oppportunitiies for mastery are needed
...what requires reteaching or enhancement
...what areas of interests and feelings are in the different areas of the study
...Whether to use whole group, individual, partner or small group participation

Involving/alerting parents for support and/or help

Setting the stage for valuable video whenever possible.
Technical aspects
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Materials
  • Other tools: tripod, microphone
Educational aspects
  • How will you assess an activity (rubric) using video will determine what video to capture?
  • What standards, objectives, content, actions and skills do you want to assess?
  • How will you know when you have sufficient evidence to assess?

Goals for this workshop
  1. Explore potential events for recording and assessing
  2. Learn how to use a Flip Camera
  3. Learn how to use iMovie '09
  4. Import video
  5. Produce a simple movie
  6. Share with colleagues

How to use the Flip Camera

**Basic skills for movie production with iMovie**
  1. Connecting the camera
  2. iMovie Window (16 controls)
  3. Create a New Project
  4. Importing Video
  5. Preview your movie
  6. Adding clips
  7. Deleting clips
  8. Adjusting clips (trim, crop, adjust audio/video, and voiceover)
  9. Adding media (sounds, music, images)
  10. Adding titles
  11. Adding transitions
  12. Adding animations (optional)
  13. Saving your project (automated unless you are saving to a location not on your computer's HD)
  14. Sharing your video

Advanced Functions to Jazz up Your Movie

Evaluation of the Jan 14 workshop:
Today I learned…. Tomorrow I need….
Our session was great today when we….
I hope we …. next.

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