LQ: 9.1


Brain grade: 8.8
Fun score: 9.4

Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

iMovie is a user-friendly movie storage and editing program that comes standard on Mac computers, and is also available to download on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Users can tag, sort, and organize their recorded media, as well as edit video and audio using an assortment of customization tools. Options in iMovie include cutting and isolating individual scenes, stabilizing shaky camera work, or inserting graphics, text and transition effects. iMovie is an excellent introductory editing program with a light amount of options and easy to use design, making the program recommended for users ages 8 and up.

This App Is Good for kids who need help with:


Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

iMovie facilitates trim down raw video footage and organize it into a polished project. Users can arrange and edit video clips, allowing them to shorten lengthy videos into smaller segments, rearrange clips and add transitions or audio when necessary. Creating a finalized video often involves choosing between numerous takes, or rearranging the chronological order of scenes to best fit a story line, scene or narrative. While working toward a finished product, segments of raw video, audio, and text must be combined logically within iMovie. The greater the amount of media, the greater the need to practice good organization to foster the creation of a cohesive, well-made video.

Additionally, users will find the program helpful in keeping their works in progress or finished projects organized in an “Event” library, which tracks work chronologically and allows users to separate their work into individual folders.


Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

Completing a polished video requires a great degree of foresight and planning from users. While iMovie removes the need to shoot video in one take or erase unsatisfactory footage, it is still necessary to develop a concept for the final product before diving in. With a goal in mind, the shooting and editing processes become increasingly more manageable. For example, while creating a short film users can shoot as many takes as they wish for individual scenes and narrow their selection to the best take in the editing phase.To succeed in creating polished video projects in iMovie, users must practice Planning while creating a narrative, developing a logical order of events, and inserting transitions between scenes. Users must set an obtainable goal for their video and understand the best course of action to reach this goal. Even when taking on more simple projects -- like combining footage of a recent vacation or family celebration -- users still need to break the process down into steps, choosing appropriate themes, effects, music, titles and transitions.

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