One of the plethora of engaging tools that are a part of Apple’s iLife software suite is iMovie. In order to fully understand the full scope of features available in iMovie ‘11, I completed the iMovie ’11 Essential Training on Lynda.com this week. As “proof”, view my certificate:
Over the past few months I used iMovie and saw its educational potential. Reading about Rick’s video sharing project with his students, that vision grew. Watching the Lynda.com training, I further imagined many educational uses for iMovie in the daily routine of my classroom. The privacy and time-constraint problems associated with video-capture of young students will have to be explored and resolved before these visions can be realized. These dilemmas are worth solving, however, because the potential for learning is significant.
The “capturing live action” segment presented quick possibilities for observational assessment and self-reflection. Best practices continually assert that bringing the students’ focus back to the purpose of the lesson should always conclude a lesson. Rather than having the teacher “state” it (yet again) or having students write down the 2 things they learned or discuss the main theme of the lesson, each student or group of students could create a short video summary or analysis. This could be replayed as a quick review before the start of the next lesson, and a snippet compilation of the unit’s main ideas could be replayed at the end of a unit, for both students and their parents. What a great alternative to the “nothing” answer many parents receive when asking their children what they learned in school.