Southeast First Grade Teacher
I had the opportunity to attend the Iowa 1:1 Institute Technology Conference that was held in Des Moines on April 10, 2014. During the conference I learned about a variety of new apps that I can integrate into my classroom that will enhance my student learning. One speaker that I found very interesting was Michael Ross, a first grade teacher from the Webster City Community School District. While he discussed a great variety of apps, most of which are free, one activity that stuck with me was his use of iMovie in his classroom. Mr. Ross uses the iMovie app with his students to create book “trailers.” The students create these trailers to generate interest in books that they have finished reading. I thought that my students would really enjoy this idea, but I did not expect the amazing response that I received when I introduced the idea to them. My students recently learned about the iMovie app when we created an African ABC movie at the beginning of April, so this is an app with which they are familiar.
They loved the fact that they got to choose the pictures and how much information that they wanted to share with the audience. Mr. Ross mentioned that teachers can also incorporate the writing process with this activity to ensure that students are using good writing practices within their trailers. This activity has also sparked a new interest in some of the books in our library that some of my students may not have considered if it were not for the trailers that have been created and shared. I will definitely continue to use this app idea in the future.