Tuesday, May 22, 2012 creating book trailers using video editing apps
It was my pleasure to visit two outstanding classrooms recently in the Normandy School District as part of our ITEF Grant involving iPad use in the classroom. One was a fifth grade classroom and one was a combined 2nd-3rd grade gifted classroom. In both rooms, students were engaged and on task with their goal of creating book trailers using video editing apps on their iPads. Teachers had already taken them through the script writing process, and they had created storyboards of the movies they wanted to make. In each classroom, students were busy finding pictures on the Internet or on other iPad apps that illuminated their stories. They were using higher order thinking skills to decide what kinds of pictures they needed, how to download them and how to edit them, so that they would fit into the book trailers. Some students were using the camera feature on the iPad to actually take pictures. This was a highly engaging task, and students rose to it well. I had the opportunity to read some of the scripts, which were actually persuasive pieces, and they were excellent. It was very gratifying to see that the teachers that I had worked with in professional development sessions were implementing their knowledge so well in their classrooms. Congrats to these teachers and their terrific students!