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Hollywood in Your Pocket: Video Apps for the Amateur Filmmaker

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Saturday, December 5, 11:30 am–12:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
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Steven Katz  
Everyone can be a filmmaker, and we all have the tool to make movies right in our pocket. Have fun exploring some free, easy-to-use apps and creating videos on your phone or tablet. Digital storytelling through movies can promote literacy in any subject.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees will need to be able to download apps to their phone or tablet with Apple's App Store or Google Play
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, Performing/visual arts
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be introduced to a variety of movie making apps for phones, and criteria to determine which apps fit best for their classroom needs. Participants will choose an app and create a video on their phone or tablet.


I. Introduction to movie making
A. Criteria for movie making
B. Project ideas
II. App selection
A. Features
B. Export options
C. Strengths and weaknesses
III. App Review
A. View and review 5-10 apps
B. See examples
C. Review features
D. Share strengths and weaknesses
IV. Select an app and create a movie based on the prompt
V. Share movies
VI. Questions and feedback

Supporting research

Lights, Camera, Action Research: The Effects of Didactic Digital Movie Making on Students' Twenty-First Century Learning Skills
and Science Content in the Middle School Classroom
by Karl Ochsner
Authentic Learning through the use of Digital Video
by Matthew Kearney & Sandy Schuck

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Steven Katz, The International School of Kuala Lumpur
ISTE Certified Educator

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