Edutopia on Facebook
Edutopia on Twitter
Edutopia on Google+
Edutopia on Pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest
WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share

Every year at Hollywood award shows, we see fantastic movies celebrated for their rich storytelling and dynamic performances. Your students can become moviemakers, too, thanks to some powerful apps for mobile devices. With these tools, your children can take videos and edit their work to make professional quality movies using iOS devices (iPads and iPhones) and Android tablets.

One good thing about this easy-to-use technology is that students can still use important English language arts skills like writing a narrative, planning a sequential story, and including key details when getting ready to make a movie. These apps can enhance the work that you are doing with children in the classroom and give them room to be creative storytellers.

iMotion HD (iOS: Free, Upgrade Available)

Your students can create a time-lapse or stop-motion film using this video app. iMotion HD lets kids make a movie by combining still photos. They can set this app to take photographs at timed intervals to show elapsed time (like a plant growing or a sunset) or for stop-motion film (using action figures or puppets). With the full version of the app, users can add music and get access to extra export features like uploading their movie straight to YouTube.

PicPlayPost (iOS: $1.99)

PicPlayPost is a video and editing tool that lets users combine videos and still images into a shared frame. With a tap of the screen, the videos will play simultaneously or sequentially, and the still images will be placeholders in the frame. It's a great tool for displaying a combination of pictures as an alternative to a traditional slideshow. Kids can manipulate the style of the frame and add music from their iTunes library to play in the background.

Magisto Video Editor & Maker (Android: Free)

Magisto lets users shoot video from inside the app, edit video saved to their device and create a movie with this footage. Once students select the still images and videos that they want to include, they choose a theme and music. Then the app puts the pieces together. In order to save movies to an album, users will have to set up an account.

iMovie (iOS: $4.99)

With iMovie, students can edit video that they've taken with their iPhone or iPad. This powerful app lets kids create feature films and Hollywood-style trailers using the built-in themes and templates. iMovie lets them add titles, transitions and music as they apply different film techniques like slow motion and panning over still photos. Whether your students dig deep into all of the professional quality features in iMovie or simply scratch the surface, they'll create a fantastic final product.

Andromedia Video Editor (Android: Free)

Students can edit video saved to their device with Andromedia Video Editor. This app lets them organize clips, crop video and even apply the "Ken Burns" filming technique to still images and videos. Users can add transitions to each clip, edit audio, and record a narration using the microphone on the device. After rendering their video, students can share it on multiple platforms.

Have you tried using mobile devices to make movies? How could you see yourself using these tools in the classroom?

Was this useful? (1)

Comments (22) Sign in or register to comment Follow Subscribe to comments via RSS

M.E. Francis's picture

This is a great resource and all of these apps are amazing for video creation. I work for a small app company that produces Directr, another filmmaking app. It has storyboard-based guidance along the way of each movie, easy-to-use editing features, and much more. We've had many a student project filmed using it. If you're looking for more apps like these, you guys should definitely check it out! Thanks!


Tech Lazlo's picture

Technology is developing by leaps and bounds. The Climate is changing with its own dynamic approach. Today cellular phones especially there functions and Android Apps In Pakistan Has Provided a great charm to technology and all.

Beth Stone's picture
Beth Stone
9th & 10th grade life skills teacher from Massachusetts

My son is having a lot of fun making movies on his iPad mini but we have found that the storage space has filled up to the point where he can no longer film. His "big" movie is two and a half minutes long...do any of you have suggestions for what we can do to free up some space on the iPad?

Hillary Hill's picture
Hillary Hill
Social Media Marketing Associate at Edutopia

Beth, my suggestion is to back up old photos and videos on a computer and then delete them from the iPad. Also, deleting apps that aren't really used can free up a good amount of space. Little things like apps and downloaded music can sneakily take up a lot of storage. Hope this helps!

AndrewSW's picture

Nice round up! just downloaded imovie and its good so far. I've been using celtx with shot designer and action pro ( www.action-pro.tv ) Those apps together have helped me create and finish my projects much faster. I'm still learning about movie making and i hope to one day make a feature film

Provab Technosoft's picture

Great article with detailed information. I am creating a repository of great articles and will add this link there. Thanks.

timjones's picture

Thanks for the best list. I have just downloaded iMovie and it is amazing. This is the best one I have used to edit my projects. My recent project editing part was done by this and you can watch the movie on (http://moviesitesapps.com)

Sign in to comment. Not a member? Register.

Join the movement for change