iTunesU Reflections by Students

Grade five is just wrapping up using iTunesU as a way to learn how to make and iMovie.  They created their first movie on how to find the perimeter of a complex shape.  This movie was to learn the skills of how to use iMovie.  

The grade five teachers asked me to lead this lesson because they wanted the students to have movies as an option to use during Echibition.  They also were hoping to give the students another “tool” to use to show understandings that they had gained while inquiring. 

Grade Five Blog on iTunesU 
Movie Made with first iTunesU Course 

Since completing that course the students have now made 2 iMovies that contain most of the elements that any good movie would contain.  

I have decided to use the iTunesU course format again for Google Forms. So far the students have worked through the first part of the course and made their forms.  This week they will share their forms with their classmates and look at how responses come in from their forms.
Reflection on the Second iTunesU Course 

iTunesU and Flipping Your Classroom

In January I am going to try my first iTunesU/Flipped classroom lessons with grade five. I did a flipped lesson with them on blogging a few weeks back but it was very basic and I would like to develop the idea more. I simply had them watch a BrainPop video and then we discussed the video and blogging in class. In January I am going to do a flipped classroom model with iMovie. I want to actually have the videos teach the students the skills that they need and have the class time set aside for practicing. This will also allow students to move at their own pace and to make a movie as complicated or as simple as they would like.

I have made the iTunesU course and will begin to make the videos for the lessons. The good news is that in order to make the videos I will need to know how to do the steps so I will learn more about iMovie as well!

I am hoping that this gives kids the confidence to review the videos in iTunesU while they are creating their movies to help them when they are using the app.  

I still have to think of what we will create a video of, but I am leaning towards a math topic. Then they could put their video into their math reference book. A math topic would lend itself to a movie being created that contains short videos, photos, voice overs, text and transitions. All of the elements that I would like them to learn. 

If this goes well with grade five I may end up using this course for grades three and four.  I hope to begin to bring in iMovie on some level into each of these grades as another way for students to be able to show their understanding of topics that they are learning.  I think that I could even go as low as Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten with them just dropping in pictures and then stringing them together in a movie.