Small, Potent Gestures: Using iMovie and MovieMaker in the Classroom

DWC Video Workshop • Lisa Blankenship • Sept. 28 & Oct. 2, 2009

Monday’s Workshop Highlights:
•    We discussed the theory behind why using video in the classroom is a smart idea (source: Takayoshi, Pamela and Cynthia L. Selfe. “Thinking About Multimodality.” Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers. Cynthia L. Selfe, ed. Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2007)
•    We discussed using the Flip cameras in the English department to capture video for course assignments
•    TAs, instructors, and all English dept faculty can check out cameras for 24 hours for use in class; not available for overnight student check out
•    Flip cameras and camcorders also are available for 24 check-out through the King Library circulation desk
•    Eng dept Flip cameras default record .avi files [no other option is available on them]; to use these video files in iMovie or MovieMaker, students must convert them to another usable file format such as .mov or .mp4 using a free file converter site such as Media Converter
•    Before using video assignments with students, practice on a fun video project yourself! It’s the best practice for preparing to use video in class. A good starter site for videography best practices is: http://www.videomaker.com/learn/tips-to-get-started/
•    If you’re doing a video assignment and want support in your classroom, Heidi McKee, Bre Garrett, or Aurora Matzke can come to your class to help

Friday’s Workshop Highlights:
•    We went over the basics of how to use iMovie (free video editing software that’s part of the standard iLife software on Macs) and MovieMaker (free video editing software that comes standard on PCs)
•    Creating videos usually entails gathering “assets,” or audio, video, and/or still images, and editing them using video editing software
•    For still images a good, free, Creative Commons site is: http://sxc.hu/
•    For sound files (purely sounds, not “music”):  http://www.freesound.org/
•    For music: http://freeplaymusic.com/
•    Short, easy-to-follow, “How To” videos for iMovie and MovieMaker are available online

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