It all started with this. Ahhh...Pinterest! :)
After the creation of our READBOX, we needed some BOOK TRAILERS to display. I have been stalking and reading about classroom made book trailers for several months and working on a plan. I have explored ANIMOTO and IMOVIE.
I decided to go with IMOVIE for our first project.
I played around a bit and learned a few things before I tackled this with my boys.
- IMOVIE provides themes with preset transitions and music for convenience. Very cool feature and a great way to talk about the theme, tone, and mood of a book. :)
- IMOVIE provides an outline for your trailer. (super easy)
- IMOVIE provides a storyboard to help you organize your text and pics.
- IMOVIE allows videos or pictures. We kept it simple and only used pics this time.
- I'm sure there are many useful built-ins that I haven't found yet! Please share them in the comments if you are familiar with this app. :) Your tips will help me, as well as other readers. :)
First step: We started by choosing our THEME. Since both boys have read CHOMP, they wanted to use the EXPEDITION theme, music and transition included, of course. That's what makes it so easy. ;)
Second step: I printed a template from here, to give the boys a structure to work with. The template made our planning super simple! This site provides a template for each IMOVIE theme, but I did find some discrepancies, so please double check before you use them.
Final Step: Using the very user-friendly Storyboard built into IMOVIE, the boys either chose pics from Google or took their own pics, simply by clicking on the silhouette inside the Storyboard.
Easy as pie! :)
Here's their final project! Notice the name of the studio is "THE GREEN SCREENS." My youngest wanted our "studio" to be named after all of us. We are the Greens. ;)
Not bad I'd say for a first try on a Sunday afternoon. :) The mom in me loved that we did it together, and were actually talking about books as a family. :) The teacher in me had to try very hard to stay quiet as the boys made a few mistakes as they worked. :) I kept telling myself it was all part of the learning process.
Here are my teacher thoughts on Book Trailers with IMOVIE.
- This is a fun way to share books and could be very motivating.
- Simply choosing the right present theme offers a great conversation about tone and mood.
- The template requires a very limited amount of words, so our students will need to determine the important parts of their books and stick with that.
- Talk about summarizing skills!
- Adding pictures to a trailer really requires a complete understanding of the text. (I would like to think that my students would begin to think more deeply while reading because they just might be creating trailers in the minds as they read, thus noting more details.)
- Tons and tons of technology skills are needed to complete a trailer from start to finish. This is a good thing! :)
- A rubric might be necessary to rein in the creativity. I let my boys simply have fun with it, but I created a rubric to use in my classroom. You may grab it here if you like.
My final thoughts on BOOK TRAILERS with IMOVIE:
I LOVE them! The process requires a lot of work, training, and structure on the front end, but I plan to pass over the responsibility of maintaining our READBOX very early in the school year. :) Plus, the benefits of all the skills that will be practiced over and over make it very worthwhile for my classroom, and quite honestly, it was just plain FUN! :)