Thursday I helped chaperone a trip to
the Apple Store with a group of 3rd, 4th, and 5th
grade students! We live in a very small town and headed about 40 miles to the
closest store. It was so fun to hear our friends say, “I’ve never been to a
mall before!” They were pumped, Apple was ready, and the evening was perfect!
males, 1 female) and sat on stools around a wooden conference-style table. At
the head of the table was a huge flat screen TV that was connected to an iPad,
so everyone could see what was happening.
Our school librarian organized the trip,
and we learned all about iMovie! (You request what iPad or Mac skill you would
like to be taught!) So, the trainer started with the whole group mini-lesson
about iMovie and then, we worked together to create a Super Kids movie trailer adding pictures of our kids, changing
titles, and editing music! Of course, we had a very dramatic viewing of our
and our friends had the opportunity to explore. From dancing robots to Sneaky
Ninjas, within 20-30 minutes, our friends had awesome, optimized movies! It was SO crazy easy. Plus, the 3 trainers
were great at explaining to students
how to troubleshoot (rather than just grabbing the iPad and doing it
themselves). I had only used iMovie on a Mac, so I was shocked to see that our
friends could create the movies with ease. Although it is an expensive app at $4.99
an iPad, it is AMAZING and worth the investment.
with more time and an academic lens. From book reviews, to dramas and plays, to
digital storytelling, to documentaries, to animal/life cycles…the opportunities are endless!
and every student walked away with a yellow t-shirt with the Apple Field Trip
logo. No doubt our friends were parading them around school on Friday!
Apple Store? What did you learn about? (Also, they offer Teacher Field Trips,
too! You can take a group of teachers down and they will give you a iPad 101 on
the skill of your choosing.) Now, friends, go and click here to learn more about your Apple Field Trip!