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iMovie is a proprietary video editing software application sold by Apple Inc. for the Mac and iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and iPod touch). With iMovie, you or your students can import video footage to using either the FireWire interface on most MiniDV format digital video cameras or the computer’s USB port.

It can also import video and photo files from a hard drive. From there, instructors or students can edit the photos and video clips and add titles, music, and effects, including basic color correction and video enhancement tools and transitions such as fades and slides.

Creating videos is a great way to have students relate course content to their personal lives, work in production teams, or demonstrate their learning in creative ways. Here are some ideas to start your thinking.

Documentation: Use the camera and microphone to record student work and performances.

Peer Feedback: Use video as a great medium to get students to begin to provide each other with feedback. Watching in pairs or small groups can become a catalyst for powerful conversations.

Create Pecha-Kucha Presentations: Pecha-Kucha presentations are becoming more popular due to their time efficiency and engaging characteristics. The 20×20 (20 slides/images for 20 seconds each, with oral descriptions) presentation is made easily in iMovie

Story Telling: have students tell personal stories and turn them into digital stories using pictures and images from their classroom and their lives.

Photo Essay: Photo-essays are powerful ways to convey messages through visuals and text. Students can easily add text-based-slides to iMovie using another app called iMovie Extras.

Microscopy: The camera in the iPad works perfectly for recording through the optical piece of a light microscope. You can easily take video of live specimens under a low powered microscope.

Slow Motion Analysis: In imovie, you can easily scrub through video clips in slow motion at an appropriate speed, frame by frame. During an experiment or demonstration, students can record and then slow down footage to find out exactly what is going on.

Create Animated Films: By using iMovie in conjunction with other apps such as Animation HD or iMotion HD, students can create beautiful stop motion or animated films, stringing together various short clips, adding voice overs, sound effects, and music.

More ideas from 13 Ways To Use iMovie In The Classroom.


  • Free with new Macs; low cost to purchase
  • Excellent integration with other Mac programs
  • Large library of digital effects, transitions, titles and templates
  • Works with a wide variety of video formats, making it easy to save, organize and edit videos from any source.
  • Digital templates and effects let you add various backgrounds to your movies, including green screen and picture in picture.
  • The storyboard editing layout makes it easy to drag and drop elements into your videos.
  • With the included video effects, you can change the color and appearance of your video footage.
  • iMovie makes it easy to export videos in variety of formats


  • Unusual interface that can be difficult to get used to
  • Not well designed for precision editing

Visit the iMovie web page to learn about the application for your apple computer or visit the iMovie apps page to learn about the version of the application designed for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.






  1. Animoto
  2. Audacity
  3. Flickr
  4. iMovie
  5. Lectora
  6. PowerPoint
  7. Prezi
  8. Screencasting: Screencast-o-matic
  9. Screencasting: Debut
  10. Video Conferencing: Google hangouts
  11. Video Conferencing: Skype
  12. YouTube