16. iMovie



“With a streamlined design and intuitive Multi-Touch gestures, iMovie lets you enjoy your videos and tell stories like never before. Browse your video library, share favourite moments, create beautiful movies and watch them on all your devices in iMovie Theatre.”


Technical specifications

Developer: iTunes S.a.r.l.

Price: Free

Size: 647 MB

Rating App Store: ★★★★

Available: iOS, OS X


Efficiency value


The efficiency value of iMovie is high. There are a lot of options, you can make trailers and you can make projects. The trailers are extremely easy to make, and even a complete digital layman can make these, and they will still look impressive.


Content value


The user must add the content, but the options of what you can do with this self-added content are very wide.


Motivational value


Making the video will look quite difficult at first sight, but once you are a bit familiar with the various options and skills required for making movies, editing gear is piece of cake.


Bad Acceptable Good
Efficiency value x
Content value x
Motiv. value x


Offer your students an extensive user manual to edit and make videos. Some of them might think this is an amazing opportunity, and some of them will not like the idea of editing movies. Provide enough tips and a manual to make it easier and more efficient for both parties.


Lesson ideas


  • Flipping the classroom: create your own instructional video with iMovie, and upload it on platforms such as Smartschool, Showbie, Nearpod, Socrative… The pupils watch the video at home.


  • iMovie Trailer can be used by pupils to introduce themselves in the beginning of the new year. Pupils have to tell their names, hobbies, ages, pets, where they live… and can do so in a more interactive way. They create a trailer at home, where they can actually film their pets and hobbies. In this way the class sees, knows and will remember more about other pupils.


  • Offering new vocabulary can be practised in the application Wrts. But when they have practised the vocabulary, the teacher asks them to create a video with iMovie, in which they use this new vocabulary. E.g. The vocabulary deals with parts of the house, when they have finished studying the vocabulary, they make a video of their own house, in which they document the various rooms.


  • Literary lesson subject: you offer them various poems in class. You assign them with the task that they have to put the written poem into a film. For example, you offer them a war poem, and the pupils have to create a real context in which they think this poem can be acted. E.g. they re-enact an argument or a heavy class-discussion, and then start performing the actual poem. They can edit various scenes in a fluent way, so when someone starts laughing it can easily be redone and they do not have to film the whole scene again.


  • When your lesson is about advertisements you ask your pupils to make a real commercial of their favourite product.





  • Pupils can download iMovies from several platforms to be a part of the flipping the classroom-principle.
  • Pupils can express themselves in a video.
  • Pupils can create a plan concerning the presentation of the video; what will be said and what will be shown.
  • Pupils can use supporting audio-visual material.
  • Pupils can consult subject-material to create their presentation.
  • Pupils can implement their own lives into a school context.
  • Pupils can present their own presentation in the given format.
  • Pupils can write a dialogue when given enough scaffolding and an OVUR-method.

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