Week 4: iMovie TRAILERS

EDCI 318 Tech for Teaching & Learning-Spring 2018

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iMovie TRAILERS let you quickly create fun, Hollywood-style movie trailers from all that footage and images.

Choose from a range of templates in almost any genre, pick your studio logo, and type in your movie title and credits. Then add photos and videos to the storyboard. Whether you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you’ll have an instant blockbuster.


Trailers are intended to get audiences excited about seeing a film at the cinema. However, trailers are also a form of condensed storytelling. In just a couple of minutes a trailer can establish genre and mood, introduce character and setting and establish plot and key themes.


As narrative and persuasive texts, trailers are ideal for primary literacy. The short duration and strong visual and auditory content means that trailers engage pupils of all ages, abilities and learning styles.


On-screen texts are a good introduction to strands 9 (Creating and Shaping Texts) and 10 (Text Structure and Organization) of the literacy framework and create opportunities for kids to discuss and articulate their knowledge and understanding.


Check out some iMovie CONTENT trailer examples below from teachers and past semesters. Check out these examples, (click the link below)


After you have completely explored the examples, it is time to make a trailer of your own. The trailer is due by midnight on Sunday.

CHECK OUT THESE EXAMPLES before you make your Trailer

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Choose your topic based on the assumption that you would teach the topic in your classroom, a few ideas to get you thinking…..

A movie trailer will be a very short (1 minute or so) but can be an exciting digital story, summarizing the content and/or process in any curriculum area


  • Black History Month, Martin Luther King Day
  • Texting & Driving or Drinking & Driving
  • Bullying/ Cyberbulling
  • Vocabulary or a concept

Any type of curriculum connection, INTRODUCE A UNIT or topic you will teach. The topic does not have to be on this list above, those are just some ideas.


It must be approp[riate to use in YOUR CLASSROOM!! It may be any topic as long as it supports a lesson and it can be used in the classroom. Teach us something.

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The TRAILER is the HOOK


  • Here are a few details about iMovie Trailers, however, none of these limitations exist in the full iMovie.
  • We will make a full movie shortly, but this assignment is just a TRAILER.
  • Remember this is approximately a 1-minute+ TRAILER.


Thing you can & cannot do in iMovie TRAILERS

  1. You cannot change the music, so choose the theme carefully, the music impacts your story.
  2. You cannot delete or add more frames, you must use what is included, all of them.
  3. All trailers are approximately 1 minute in length. Trailers are SHORT, so just the important stuff, get to the point but tell the story.
  4. You cannot add video from websites like Youtube, it must be saved to your Photos, plus Trailers use very, very short clips and contain no sound from the video clips.
  5. Music overrides voice on your video, so, the movie is told via images, video, text and music.
  6. Images and videos used in your Trailer must be stored in photos first.
  7. Shoot or find your pictures first and save them to your photos.
  8. You'll need to shoot your own video and the majority of your images should be pictures you take yourself is possible.
  9. You may use some from the web, but try to be original and use pictures you have taken. Make sure they are good quality and not clipart.
  10. BE creative!!
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EVERYONE......make sure you take advantage of the tutorials provided below and remember there are lots of tutorials on the Week 2 Getting Started with Weebly document https://www.smore.com/v9aez including a PDF you can download with step-by-step instructions and an interactive table of contents. Here it is again, just in case.
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Your iMovie Trailer and Reflection both go on the SAME subpage under PROJECTS

  • You may do this individually or with ONE (only 1) partner. However, each of you will add the video on your own website along with a explanation/reflection about the project and your experience using iMovie.
  • Don’t forget to include the iMove App icon and a link to iMovie iPad App in your reflection https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imovie/id377298193?mt=8
  • This is a trailer, so just the HOOK for the lesson or unit or topic!! Grab your students attention,
  • Length, trailers are preset lengths, so no worrying about how long to make your trailer.
  • Make sure you have read both iBooks BEFORE starting your iMovie Trailer project. All the step-by-step instructions are in the iBooks.
  • Add your iMovie Trailer to your Youtube channel. You will upload numerous things to Youtube this semester.
  • Add your iMovie trailer from Youtube before attempting to add to your website or Padlet.
  • Use the Youtube tool in Weebly to add your YOUTUBE URL for your movie your site and title.headline on your subpage: My first iMovie Trailer: name of your movie
  • Make a sub-page under projects and call it iMovie trailer
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https://youtu.be/wLDjiFSCSVE

A few places to locate images other than GOOGLE!


Consider making a Board for graphics on your Pinterest and Pin these resources. That's 8 more pins to your 250 end of the semester requirement!!

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Grading Breakdown and a few more details

  1. Make sure your movie trailer has an appropriate title. iMovie Trailer is not a title, the title should reflect the content of your movie, what is it about?
  2. Make sure your name is in the credits. If you have a partner, both names.
  3. Write an explanation about your experience making an iMovie Trailer, using the app, and how you could use in the classroom. Add this to the same page on Weebly where your iMovie TRAILER is located.


Points breakdown

    • 30 points for the reflection that includes the iMovie icon (5 points) and link to iTunes store (5 points
    • 10 points for tweeting with #318 & #imovietrailers
    • 50 points for iMovie Trailer on your site
    • 20 points for adding your movie CORRECTLY to the padlet https://padlet.com/ded318/imovietrailerspring2018
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https://youtu.be/CFwiA18iKYA
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Part 1 and 2 of a tutorial below

How tro embed your Youtube iMovie Trailer to your Weebly site.

https://youtu.be/4PfKoV9XyN0

Build A Website On An iPad [LIVE]



by David A. Cox


Need to build a website for your small business? You can do it using an iPad! In this class we’ll show you how to build a website using Weebly’s new iPad app. You can start your site on your iPad then move over to your computer (Mac or PC) to polish it up. We also recommend using the Weebly for iPad app to manage your website so that when updates need to be made (like announcements, replacing photos, etc.) you can very easily do that from the App too.

https://youtu.be/78RWUVsjV1Y
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