Friday, December 26, 2008

Imovie lesson for students

iMovie Talking Books Lesson Plan
• To enhance the creative writing process by creating a visual talking book.
• To aid the writing process using brainstorming, group and partner discussion, and storyboarding.
• To reinforce the rationale that technology enhances learning in a unique and motivational manner.
1. Discuss with the class, the elements for writing a story.
2. Brainstorm ideas for stories.
3. Allow students to form groups to discuss story problems and solutions.
4. Once students have some original ideas for their stories, divide the class into pairs.
5. Students discuss each other's ideas then collaborate to formulate story ideas for their partner story.
6. Students create a story board - simple stick men drawings - of six or more drawings depicting the important events of their story. Much discussion may take place here as they use pictures to tell their story.
7. Once the rough draft storyboard is complete, the students write their first draft of the story keeping in mind that what they write must match the drawings on their storyboard.
8. The rough draft is proofed and edited, then students draw good copies of their storyboard. Students use pencil crayons, wax crayons, fine tipped black felts, and 9 x 12 white construction paper to complete their drawings.
9. Students then write the goop copy of their story on the back of each of their good copy drawings.
10. The students or the teacher will take digital pictures of the student drawings and place them in a share folder on the school's computer network.
12. Students access their pictures and place them in iPhoto for digital enhancing.
13. Students open iMovie and save their new project to the local hard drive. (iMovies do not work well if the media has to be accessed over a network.)
14. Students go to photos in iMovie and drag their pictures to the iMovie timeline. They set the time for each of their pictures according to how long it takes them to read what they wrote on the back of their pictures.
15. Once the pictures are timed correctly, transitions, the Ken Burns Effect and Titles are added to their movie.
16. Students add sound effects from iMovie and from (To get sounds from the internet, students quit iMovie, go to, find appropriated sounds, and save them to their music folder. Then they open iTunes and copy over their sounds. Once the sounds are in iTunes, they are accessible in iMovie.
17. Sound effects are dragged to the sound tracks on the iMovie timeline and students record their voice overs.
18. The projects are saved, burned to a DVD and shared over the internet using QuickTime.
19. Students and teachers celebrate the completion of the project by showing the DVD to the class. (popcorn and drinks are optional)

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