App: iMovie for iPad
Cost: $4:99 US
Grade Level: Grade 3 - beyond, or with teacher assistance
What it does: iMovie allows you to import video clips or photographs and create a movie, complete with titles, music, and voice overs. There is also the option to make a movie trailer.
How's the App: The iMovie app was much easier to learn how to use than GarageBand, but there are limited features in this app as well. When adding videos or photos, it is easy to edit them, cutting them down to what you want. What I don't like about this app is that the way you transition from one scene to the next is limited, as is how and where you can add text. Coming from a background using Movie Maker for my PC, I get a bit frustrated by these limitations. In this case the app is limiting, and depending on the movie I am trying to create, I may just use my computer instead. I do however really like the trailer making portion of the app. It is fairly formulaic, with limited options so for students in grade 3 - 5, it is a guided format to creating a very slick looking product.
What it could be used for: Students could use it to create a movie to explain their understand of a concept or to teach others about it. Using the movie trailer selection, students could create a trailer for a book they are reading as a different spin on "writing" a book report or review. It can also be used to create a slide show complete with music and/or a voice over.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5