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One of the many joys of my teaching job was time spent learning with my students, especially my research assistants. With the time gained from retirement, I am revisiting and building upon that prior learning. Most recently, I have been revisiting teaching / learning tools such as IMovie.

I am drawing upon several resources to develop my mastery of this tool.

  1. Screencastsonline provides excellent tutorials which I just now am making the time to watch and apply. I find them well done and especially useful since there are tutorials both for my MacBook Pro OS and for my IPad and IPhone IOS.
  2. LinkedIn Learning has also proven valuable in providing tutorials – and of course
  3. I have the good previous work of my amazing former student assistants.

Here is a first attempt at drawing upon a wealth of material (6 GB) —videos and photos  from my 41 years of teaching – to “memorialize” a fun event with my three student assistants during November of my last academic year of teaching.

Here is a simple trailer… followed by the simple movie. Much more to learn, but that is what I like.

And here is the work of former student assistants. Thanks,  in particuIar,  to Alison and Lizzy for their lasting contributions below. I still am amazed at what they learned and what they YET can teach me!

Over the past couple of weeks, we have explored different short videos on how to create an iMovie. After watching these videos, we decided to give iMovie a try of our own. Our first video was a short and sweet film of us talking about one of Jane Hart’s Top 100 Learning Tools, iMovie. We were able to film on the computer using Photo Booth, then export the clip into iMovie. Some of the special effects we used were adding transitions between the movie clips, inserting a title slide and even adding some soft background music. One of the additional effects we found interesting was adding a photo into the video and still being able to hear the video sound playing while the photo was showing. Check out our first iMovie video here.

Since we had a basic understanding of iMovie, we decided to construct a quick tutorial on using the basic functions of iMovie to help our fellow research assistants or anyone looking for quick helpful tips. During our clip, we explained step by step how to import the video, edit the video, and finally publish one’s finished masterpiece.


One of our fellow research assistants, Arianna, created a blog post on the basics of Twitter. She did a recording on ScreenFlow showing step by step how to set up an account and the features that come along with a Twitter account. We then uploaded the ScreenFlow recording into iMovie and further edited the clip there so we could publish a short edited how to video about Twitter. Check out the edited Arianna’s Student Guide to Twitter here.

Another one of our fellow classmates, Luis, is a fluent speaker of the Spanish language. Alison filmed a short clip on Dr. Simpson and Luis talking about some of Luis’s goals after college and also his work he does at the Milwaukee healthcare clinic. We uploaded the file off of Dr. Simpson’s Nikon camera and edited the video using iMovie. iMovie allowed us to edit out any mistakes that were made while filming the video and create an appealing short video. Check out the piece with Dr. Simpson and Luis here.