Making the Worst iMovie Ever!


Today’s assignment had the strange goal of making the worst movie ever! Students were given one long movie clip and were asked to quickly remix the clip using as many effects as possible – thus the title “World’s Worst Video.”  The lesson provided a quick introduction to the many functions and tools in iMovie! It was lots of fun to add lots of crazy effects for no reason.  Here are a few shots of our students at work!






I was inspired to create this lesson by a session at the Apple Distinguished Educator Summer Institute in Austin  by Joe Corippo on Final Cut via a Quick Start Method.  I used one long video clip that I recorded in the 6th grade hallway in the morning before school.  Students chopped up the clip and added audio, video, title, and transition effects.  It was lots of fun!!  Below are two wonderful/terrible examples of student projects:

Psalm iMovie Videos September 2013

Great job learning to edit video in iMovie!   Thanks for your great work learning about copyright and putting together your videos!

Great job learning to edit video in iMovie!   Thanks for your great work learning about copyright and putting together your videos!
I would like you to leave me a comment of at least 3 sentences to give me feedback on our iMovie project so that I can work to improve it next year.  I also would like you to self evaluate your work on your project. Please tell me:

  • What you liked or didn’t like about the project.
  • What you learned about copyright or moviemaking through the project.
  • What you personally might do better or different next time you make a movie.
  • How the teacher could improve the project for next year.

Your comment is required and is a part of your daily participation. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas!

Learning about Copyright and Music

Here are the links we will use for this lesson:

Video about Creative Commons and Copyright

Music Websites:


Purple Planet

CC Mixter – to download, right click > Open with iTunes

Do not use Freeplay for this project.

Photo Websites:

Learning Links Clip Art/Photos – scroll down to the section on Copyright Friendly Photos and use the ones that are labeled 6th


#URYrFilter – PicCollage and FotoBabble apps

Watch what u watchOver the past few days, the sixth graders have been working to create a message for middle schoolers about the need for each individual to control the things they look at, watch, and listen to – on TV, movies, computers, iPads/iPads/tablets, or phones.  I gave the students the idea of the hashtag #URYrFilter (you are your filter).  Students were asked to create a poster using the Pic Collage app to communicate their own message which included a hashtag, a sentence that explains or a Bible verse that goes along with message, and images that illustrated their idea.  They could work alone or with a partner.  I was impressed with their hard work and creative ideas.

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Once the posters were completed in Pic Collage and saved to the camera roll, students used the Fotobabble app. They made a one minute recording that explained about their poster and their idea.  Some students even created raps to share their message. You can view/listen to the Fotobabbles at this link (more will be added to the collection as students finish their projects): scsfilter Fotobabbles

Some students also created a second project based on this past week’s Spiritual Life messages:  scsmake Fotobabbles

This was a great project – the combination of words and  images with Pic collage with voice and publication using Fotobabble was was simple and effective.  Both Pic Collage and Fotobabble are free apps.  Fotobabble requires a free account to publish to the web.  (I suggest you create an account for your class or your school and log all the iPads into the account in advance.) This lesson could be easily adapted for any kind of message or advertisement and could be used in a variety of subject topics!

Chat and Collaboration

Our first few days in tech class have been spent doing activities related to chatting and collaborating.  We have discussed ways to be safe and smart and scholarly while using these tools in school.

Our first activity was to use a chat room for a class discussion.  We “chatted” about ways to use a chat room safely.  We also talked about how technology affects the world of a middle schooler.  We next used an online document tool called MoPad (from Mozilla) to work on collaborative documents.  Students worked in teams of four, but the trick was they were weren’t sitting next to each other!  They were spread around the lab and could not talk to each other.  They had to use the chat tools to discuss their ideas and plan their document.  Their assignment was to create some kind of document that would give advice to future sixth graders.

Here are a few screen shots of the students’ work.  Each student is represented by a different color, so you can see these are truly collaborative works.

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Collaborative Document

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Students, please leave a comment about our chat/collaborative activities.  Remember to use only your first name and use correct sentences, spelling, and punctuation.  Your comment should be at least 2 sentences and should include thoughtful ideas. Please tell me:

  • What did you like about using the chat and the online documents?
  • What didn’t you like? What problems did you have as you worked on the document?
  • What did you learn about using chat/online documents?  What are some ways you can be safe and smart when using them in a school situation?
  • What are some other ways that you think students/teachers could use tools like these in school?