Magazine article Technology & Learning

Learning with iLife

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Learning with iLife

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show and tell a story

When students can organize their thoughts logically, find just the right words to express them, and communicate the ideas to others, they are demonstrating the ability to think logically. Now that we have great tools such as the iLife suite of digital authoring applications to support learning, one way we can help students improve thinking skills is by encouraging them to write creatively and express themselves visually. A very effective way to do this is with digital storytelling and iPhoto. Creating photo books with iPhoto engages students, motivates them to do their best work, and gets them excited about writing.

Storytelling is a tradition in which ideas and customs are handed down from generation to generation. Digital stories derive their power from adding the elements of images and design to create a story that communicates in powerful ways. Digital stories are compelling forms of expression because it is so easy to make them look like they were professionally created, share them with a wide audience, and store them for years to come.

Being visually creative enhances the power of narrative, iPhoto makes it incredibly easy for students to add visual elements to their stories. In just a few minutes, even the youngest students can import their photos, design their books, and enter their story text. Students can share their books by printing them or saving them as PDF files to send to others via email, post to a web page, or copy to a CD or DVD. Teachers can order professionally bound hard or soft copies of the books in a variety of sizes directly from iPhoto--a great way to save students' stories for future generations to enjoy.

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What students can do with iLife and iTunes:

iPhoto: Import, edit, and organize images and share them as slideshows, books, or web pages

GarageBand: Create music and podcasts and record audio

iMovie: Create movies that include video, photos, music, narration, and text

iDVD: Create a DVD of their movie, complete with a selection menu

iWeb: Create a website to share their work

iTunes: Store and organize audio files

iLife applications are ideal for creating digital stories because of their combination of ease of use and powerful features. Integrating video, photos, and music into the curriculum brings lessons to life. The entire iLife suite is included on every new Mac or can be purchased separately at low education pricing,


Apple Learning Interchange

Apple Professional Development

iLife in the Classroom

iPhoto in the Classroom

iPhoto support and tutorials

project: Similar and Different

Grade Level(s): 4-8

Subject Area: Language Arts

Software: iPhoto, TextEdit, Safari browser

Technology Skill: Digital Storytelling

Essential Question: How can we help students to understand the power of personal narrative to enhance writing, thinking, and communication skills?

Project Description: Students will plan, organize, and write a creative story; illustrate with photos; and design an iPhoto photo book to share their story.

Outcomes: Students will:

* Use a digital camera to capture photos for use in a digital story or find photos online that are free and available for use

* Identify elements of digital stories

* Decide on and develop a topic for creative writing

* Use iPhoto to edit images and create their own digital storybook


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