Do you send a welcome letter to your students? My school sends the letter with teacher announcement and other information. Last year I decided to add a video about me. I could virtually give my students a look into my life and how I began my career as a teacher and some of my interests. I used iMovie and created a movie trailer (short and sweet and it is soooooo easy). I dug through my baby album and my scrapbooks to put together a video of me for my students. I just took a picture of those pictures with my ipad. When my video was published to YouTube, I put the link in SafeShare.TV website. Then I put that link in the newsletter and I also added a QRcode that parents could scan with any device to see the movie. I use http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ to create links into QRcodes. After reflecting upon the beginning of the year, it seemed easy to make connections with my students and it was a way for parents to connect their child with me. I am hoping it eased some of the nervousness when beginning a new school year. Here is my video that you can use as an example to get you started on making your own video. Just click the link below!
Meet Your Teacher iMovie
I also use iMovie trailers for class field trips and family vacations. For field trips, it really helps make a memory and I see my students remembering what they did and learned.
Field Trip iMovie