So we have iPads. Now what do we do with them?
One app which the students can use to present work is iMovie. If you have ever struggled with a group attempting to use movie-maker (messing about with memory sticks and forgetting to convert to a movie before showing to the class) then iMovie will be a dream to use. Using the camera in the iPad, HD film can be captured with sound and edited directly on the iPad.
I would advise setting up a class youtube account then the finished films can be directly uploaded and can then be viewed by the rest of the class either through a link in moodle, or through the projector as part of a presentation. (I’m currently trialling a class Edmodo group and have embedded video there for students.)
This is a very comprehensive guide on how to use iMovie by Mark Anderson (@ICTevangelist):
Inspired by Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ my Year 8s are creating guides for being a successful monarch in the 16th and 17th centuries. In about 30 minutes, one group used the iPad and iMovie to create a trailer for their presentation:
I didn’t even have to show them how to use it – as with many apps on the iPad, they are quite intuitive to use.
I have used this app with two very different groups: 9n1 and 8M5. 9n1 demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ by producing a CrimeWatch style appeal. They really enjoyed using this and created some fantastic appeals (available to view in WebDav). 8M5 turned an event in Private Peaceful into a news report. Students within both groups worked really hard and seemed to really enjoy working with the Ipads.