Telling Your Story: iMovie Trailers and Animoto


iMovie for the iPad is an engaging and relatively intuitive app. It can be used by teachers and students in all content areas and grade levels to create movies or trailers. Movies allow you to combine videos, photos and music to make your own movie from scratch. Trailers, on the other hand, provide you with a template to follow which allows you to create a “Hollywood style” movie trailer. For EDT 500, I created a trailer for the Class of 2017 graduation ceremony. It is a great way to share a highlight reel of school events that students can watch and remember the momentous occasions!

SO What?

ISTE NETS*T Standard 2.a. – Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.

The integration of the iMovie app will keep students motivated and excited to show what they know. It is a wonderful way for students to share their voice and passions. Students also learn basic video production and editing skills through creating iMovies. Some students may be motivated to learn additional types of video production applications such as  Final Cut Pro. Students also develop and utilize their essential 21st century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, and get to collaborate with their classmates when creating iMovie projects.


iMovie is an opening for a classroom to incorporate more digital media tools. Another tool that allows students to share their voice is Animoto. (see my example below) It is free for educators and also creates a highly stylized professional video. Students can gather pictures, videos, audio to create: book trailers, tutorials, highlight reel etc. The possibilities with these digital media tools are endless. I think it is important to provide students with choice when utilizing tools. When they are able to choose the platform of delivery, this gives them agency and control. These tools also allow students to become the experts in the classroom. Showcasing what they know in a visually engaging way!


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