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Apple iLife Workshop

iMac Workshop – Podcasts, Movie Trailers, Music, and More

The iLife software that comes on the Macs makes it really easy to have your students create multimedia projects like a podcast, a movie trailer, or an original song! For example, have your students record a podcast about a book they are reading and let them summarize what the story has been about so far, compare and contrast some of the characters in the book to other famous characters, and then make predictions about how they the story will end. You can then celebrate the best ones and post them to iTunes for anyone in the world to find and listen to! Or perhaps you want them to summarize what they have learned about a specific unit of study in an engaging and fun movie trailer made in iMovie. Apple has just released a bunch of movie trailer templates that makes it super easy. You can download video clips out of discovery streaming so you don’t have to mess with cameras or let students just record their own video outside of school and bring in on a flash drive. Then, you can keep the best movie trailers and use them as part of your unit launch activity in the spring semester. Finally, GarageBand makes it really easy to create original music by simply dragging and dropping sound clips onto a timeline. The students can then record some original lyrics they have written ahead of time to summarize a topic – such as photosynthesis, forms of government, or order of operations. Students can then add the song file to their iPod or MP3 player to listen to outside of school. What a fun way to encourage them to study and remember FOREVER the most important ideas in your content area. Finally, we will take a few brief looks along the way at the new Office 2011 for Mac which will be installed in Lab 140.

EQ #1:  How can technology be used by students to demonstrate their knowledge?

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Getting to Know Macs

Macs are becoming very popular computers these days, and its good to be familiar with how they work so that you can take advantage of their strengths like making movies and music.  Learning how Macs work can also broaden your computer knowledge, esp. if you have only used a Windows Computer your whole life, which will help you to be better prepared to learn and understand future technologies.  

  1. Take our sample "test" to see what you know/don't know about macs at SWSD.  Handout is attached below.

  2. Learn more about Macs here.  Make sure you can:
    1. Use Finder
    2. Save and Access Network Drives
    3. Open and Close Programs
    4. Switch between windows
    5. Turn on right clicking 
    6. Basic Mac applications

      You can add answers to your handout as you learn!

AP#1:   Discuss the answers to our Handout as a group.  What questions do you still have?

Audio Projects

Podcasts, Audio Books, Songs are all projects that can be created using GarageBand.  Songs, Podcasts, Audio-Book segments best created by students individually or in pairs.

What is a pod cast?  Well, here is a great high school example where students talk about books, and here is an elementary school example where 4th graders share information about fishes.  You can find many more in iTunes --> iTunes Store!

Demo - using Apple Loops and recording Audio.


GarageBand - Pod Casting

  1. Listen to some podcasts in iTunes --> iTunes Store ---> Podcasts.   
  2. Explore iTunes U.  You can get there by:  iTunes --> iTunes Store ---> iTunes U
  3. Explore this Pod Casting page on Apple's website.
  4. Search for pod casts on PodBean - a non-apple site.
  5. Check out the Student Toolbox page on Podcasting.
  6. CREATE A POD CAST!  Read an excerpt from your favorite book, record a song or poem, or discuss summer vacation, goals for school year, important concept in your class, etc.

GarageBand - Music

  1. Explore the Apple Page on GarageBand or watch some video tutorials.
  2. Check out the ReWrite strategy and have students write a song.
  3. Play an instrument in GarageBand on the iPad.
  4. CREATE A SONG!  Try to make a song that fits a specific theme, genre, or purpose.  Here is what Billy Joel made - no pressure.

AP#2:  Things to talk about with your partner.  Self assess yourself along the way and ask me questions!
  1. How can you teach/encourage students to learn by using their computers w/iTunes installed, iPods, and iPads?

  2. What is the impact mobile technology, like smart phones, ipod touches, or ipods with pod cast content, has on the way and place young people learn?

  3. Discuss how technology can change the role of a teacher in a class from provider of information to one of a learning coach.

  4. Describe the process you would follow to create a pod cast or other audio project with your students.  Describe some of the project ideas you have for your classroom.


Demo - Create a iMovie Movie Trailer for "Jersey Floor" and/or for a Discovery Streaming video.  Make sure you download in Quicktime (.mov) format.  More on video formats here.

TASK:  Create a video for your classroom.

Project Sequence

  1. Decide the content you require in movie (anchors/curriculum objectives) and make a rubric
  2. Plan the project and develop scaffolding needed by students (Project Storyboard, Group Work Strategies, etc.)
  3. Shoot the video - shoot more rather than less!
  4. Create/Edit the video - adjust rubric, storyboard, handouts
  5. Share the video project with students

Rubric Ideas

Movie Project Ideas

  • Poems/Songs: - Try to write poem and add music/sound effects

  • Newscasts* - Easy to do: iTunes has a News theme, easy to share information in this format, you can set up a "news desk" in your classroom

  • Movie Trailers* - Easy to do using templates in iMovie. No audio - only text if you use template. TIP: You can use template, then convert to iMovie Project to add audio. Use to preview book, unit, etc.

  • Discovery Streaming* - Create movies using resources from Discovery Streaming. When downloading clips, download as QuickTime movie format!

  • Local Community Connection - Think of how your content area can be applied to local community. During early reading development, they talk about environmental print - words students encounter in their everyday lives all around them - wrappers, packaging, signs, etc. Let's make videos connecting our content to environment around them - next time they are at grocery store, they will think of the lesson.  I LOVE this idea, and saw it done really well at PETE&C.

Scaffolding Ideas

  • StoryBoard and other resources for you and your students
  • Print out Movie Trailer Scripts/Storyboards/Shot List.  See Blockbuster examples attached below.

  • Group Work - Create handouts outlining jobs (Director/Leader, Writer, Camera, Editor) or create a google site to organize project

  • IDEAS FOR GROUP OF 4 TO MAKE BOOK TRAILER/NEWSCAST:   Note:  Look at iMovie Movie Trailer templates carefully, some only feature one or two main characters, some can have many characters. 
    • Day 1 - Group Meeting 
      • (All) to discuss overall ideas, plan rough draft, details).  Watch videos on how to make good videos.  You can show the class YouTube videos for this. A Cleaner Internet is a good browser plug in for showing YouTube video in your classroom.
    • Day 2 - Individual:  
      • Director:  Meets with teacher to discuss rubric, group needs.  Helps and assists group members to make sure all on same page. Plans scenes, assigns actors to roles.  Leads creative direction of movie.  Carries rubric around everywhere.
      • Writer: Works on script.  Talks to Director/Camera as needed as develops script
      • Camera:  Plans shots, costumes, props, etc.  Learns how it use camera and download to computer
      • Editor:  Learns iMovie, creates titles, credits.  Looks for additional materials on computer like photos, sound effects, background music, supporting video from Discovery Streaming or My Big Campus (YouTube)
    • Day 3 & 4 - Group 
      • (All) to rehearse/shoot video.
    • Day 5 - Individual: 
      • Director:  Works with editor to make sure movie gets put together.  Keeps rubric in hand. 
      • Writer: Prepares presentation for class.  How will you introduce film?  Creates a google form or online survey to collect feedback on the video from others.  If using SchoolTube, this feature is built in.    Does other tasks assigned by director/teacher.
      • Camera:  Downloads video to computer, cleans off camera, learns upload/sharing procedures from teacher.  Does other tasks assigned by director/teacher.
      • Editor:  Puts video together
    • Day 5 / 6 - Group
      • (All) Preview video.  Editor makes adjustments as needed.  Writer: Completes assessment handout using input from group.

    • Download video clips from Discovery Streaming ahead of time.  Have students create movie trailers, or record new narrations, for the clips.
    • Get a large piece of green felt and do a green screen project using some footage from Discovery Streaming.
    • Create a video photo montage.  Simply drag a folder of pictures into iPhoto (Apple's photo database), then access them in iMovie using the Media Browser "eye".
    • Use the built in camera to record footage - students reading, playing an instrument, etc.  If you have an iPad, iPhone, or Macbook, you can use its built in camera to record directly into iMovie.

Shooting the Movie

  • Use a cart as a dolly!  Use a tripod!
  • Use Microphones, esp. for interviews - this is another reason why I love newscasts...they are still shots and you can have a microphone that looks natural
  • PLAN the shot ahead of time
  • Shoot, Shoot, Shoot.  You can always edit the best part out later.
  • Learn and teach basic shoots - here or here.  My biggest issue is usually sound.  Check out sound issues here.   Suggestion:  Fill out a movie script template for the different types of shots.

What We Will Do Today

  1. Plan a video.  You can make one on your own, or with a small group.
  2. Discuss the requirements of your video project, and discuss how you would develop a rubric for it.   Complete a storyboard.
  3. OVER LUNCH:  Shoot video for your movie.
  4. Create video.
  5. Plan how you would use this with students.

iMovie Resources

Use our Tech Toolbox site!

AP#3:  Things to talk about with your partner.  Self assess yourself along the way and ask me questions!
  1. Why would making a movie be a good use of precious time in the classroom?  What are some "traditional" activities you may be able to replace with a movie project?

  2. Give several examples of how the decisions you make while creating a movie reflect your understanding of the movie's topic.

  3. Discuss some of the difficulties in having students create movies.  How can you overcome these difficulties?

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