How to Use Movie Making Apps in the Classroom

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Thanks to advances in technology, teachers can use movie making apps in their classrooms. Wondering how Hollywood fits into learning? Read on to find out.

Education and Moving Making

Recent objective-based standards have called for educators to combine subject matter we used to see as stand-alone. Today's classrooms are a blend of many subjects; science class incorporates concepts of math and language arts, math class can involve aspects of social studies. This cross-curricular learning means teachers are tasked with thinking more broadly about their lessons.

How can they incorporate reading and writing into science, math and social studies in an engaging way? Using movie making apps, or applications used to create movies on mobile devices, is a great way to have students write, plan and demonstrate their understanding of concepts.

Using Movie Making Apps

Teachers have many options when it comes to using movie making apps as an instructional tool. Before jumping right into voguing for the camera, though, teachers should make sure they have a clear objective, or purpose, for their lesson. Do they want students to use the movie to help remember vocabulary words or to present a project for a unit? Let's look at some ways Ms. Roberts, a tech-savvy teacher, uses movie making apps in the classroom.

Basic Skills

Movie making apps are a great resource for low-level thinking skills, such as recalling, listing or stating. For visual learners, Ms. Roberts uses apps that allow students to match graphics with words for vocabulary lists. She also makes a brief recording of herself every day with reminders and recaps of important learning. Seeing and hearing an end-of-the-day review is a great way to get information across to her students in a fun and exciting format.

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