iPad Classroom Moviemaking Workflow (Interactive PDF)
(1) Students work in small groups
(2) Each student creates a new project with their first and last name
(3) Students take turns filming during the classroom session
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(4) At the end of the session students save project by “Sending Project to iTunes VERY IMPORTANT: You need to select “replace” if the same project has already been sent to iTunes.
◦ (4.1) Teacher/Administrator connects iPads with student projects to central computer with iTunes installed.
◦ (4.2) Open iTunes with iPad connected
◦ (4.3) Go to “Apps” section
◦ (4.4) Select iMovie app in shared folder section
◦ (4.5) Select the iMovie project files with student names and save to common folder on computer This step takes a few minutes per iPad when there are two projects.
(5) Before next session starts teacher/administrator connects blank iPad (does not have to be the same one students originally used) to computer.
Loading 12 iPads with 1-2 projects per iPad takes about 30 min. The same is true after the session.
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(6) Transfer student iMovie projects into iMovie shared folder
◦ (6.1) Open up iMovie on the iPad
◦ (6.2) Tap in the icon with the arrow point straight down
◦ (6.3) Select the student movie you want to copy into the iMovie app
◦ (6.4) The project will automatically open with clips and edit preserved from that time it was opened.
Repeat steps 4-6 until student projects are ready to export
(7) Export final movie by selecting “Share Movie to” Camera Roll
With student projects that span multiple session, the teacher or admin will need to select “Replace” when sending the project to iTunes. This will overwrite the older version with the newest version. If the admin/teacher selects, “Keep Both”, it becomes very confusing later on which version of the student project is the most up to date. The back up copy is kept on a laptop, so there is no danger of losing the work by selecting “Replace”.
(8) Select “Large 540p”
(9) Connect iPads to central computer and open iPhoto
(10) Select student movies and transfer from iPad to computer.
(11) This computer is now ready to be connected to a projector for an in-class screening
The goal of this post is to teach you how to easily transfer and save iMovie projects.
Unless the school has a 1:1 ratio where students have access to their own iPad, the teacher will need to check out iPads and then check them back in after use. This presents a challenge for a teacher who wants to use the iPad where projects will span multiple sessions. This is an important part of the workflow for integrating Tabletop Moviemaking inside a classroom environment. The iMovie app allows you to “Send Project to iTunes” which is a way of saving, but there are more steps involved.
This video demonstrates the process of transferring from an iPad to a computer
This video demonstrates the process of transferring from a computer to an iPad
This tutorial goes the through the variety of ways you can watch and share the finished iMovie project. iMovie can export to the camera roll locally on the device, or it can export directly to the web to a number of video sharing and social networks. This tutorial covers how to export to the camera roll because it offers the most flexibility in quality and destination.
This tutorial show you how to add simple titles and credits to iMovie. There is a not much flexibility in the titles you can add. The placement, font and duration cannot be changed, but it is a fast and easy way to add text to your video.
This tutorial covers how to add music from an external device with a speaker using the narration tool. While this is very “low-tech” it is actually a remarkable simple and efficient way to get your desired music onto the timeline. It also allows you to control what part of the music, what volume and even basic fade in and out functions!
Adding music to a project in iMovie from iTunes or the library that comes pre installed with iMovie is very easy. Unfortunately, it does not allow for much flexibility in placement or adjustment. It will add music to the entire project. like a wrapper, and you have no control over which portion of the music you would like. It is quick and easy, but not very flexible.
This tutorial demonstrates how to add sound effects to the timeline, adjust their volume level and change the placement on the timeline.