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Teachers: How To Make Education Videos on a Mac

Updated on April 18, 2015
Teachers: How to Make Education Videos on a Mac. Tips for using iPhoto, Keynote and iMovie for the classroom.
Teachers: How to Make Education Videos on a Mac. Tips for using iPhoto, Keynote and iMovie for the classroom.

Create Presentations for the Classroom

Technology in the classroom - There is hardly a day that goes by that my projector isn't on in the classroom. I'm either using my document reader, guiding a Keynote presentation (mac's version of power point),using iMovie or YouTube. I've been fortunate to have attended several district based trainings, but the best training is when I simply sit down and try to figure it out.

I adamently say, technology is a great teaching strategy. My students are more attentive whenever I use technology. Discussions run more smoothly, feedback is energetic and consistent to the lesson. They ARE learning. I know this through experience. I learned long ago that if I simply talk them through a lesson they will usually "zone out". If I use technology together with manipulatives they become more aware of the content and theme of the lesson.

Students are naturally and profoundly becoming visual learners. Why? Technology and sensory images are everywhere and it is what captures them. Gone are the days of handing them a paper to memorize. Sure they need to memorize some things, but it does not always need to come in the form of a papered list.They need to see the content in action and then apply it. It's basic Bloom's Taxonomy.

What you will need...

  • one MAC computer
  • programs used will be; Keynote, IPhoto, iMovie and Grab
  • one PDF of a lesson or test. (I'm using a sample of a standardized reading test)

The Seven Basic Steps

  1. Choose the areas of the document you want to capture for your presentation.
  2. Capture and Save images with GRAB.
  3. Send images to the iPhoto Library (edit and crop as needed)
  4. Assemble presentation in Keynote and customize. Add arrows, text and images as needed.
  5. Save Keynote presentation for your classroom needs.
  6. Export slides to iPhoto
  7. Open iMovie and assemble slide images in order – add features and audio
  • The specific steps are listed after the video below.
  • I created an icon legend below, it shows the images of the icons we will be using. Take this time to find the various applications.
  • Suggestion - click the small magnifying class on the top right corner of your screen and enter the name of the app.


Video Option: How to Make Education Videos on a Mac

Watch me go through the steps on video

I have created a YouTube video that guides you through the process. Feel free to watch the video at any time before, during or after you review the steps. Remember, you can always pause the video as needed.

Tip, you can enlarge the video screen to help you see the images and text more clearly.

Here are the specific steps

*remember - use the small magnifying glass in the upper right corner to locate your applications. Simply type in the name and it will locate it.

Example; you are looking for GRAB

  1. click the magnifying glass
  2. enter the word GRAB in the search box
  3. click the icon when it appears
  4. you have now opened GRAB and it should be sitting on your bottom toolbar

OR - click the finder icon and locate your applications

Grab - Capturing images from a document

First and foremost you will want to look over your document and choose what you want to feature in your lesson. Locate your questions, paragraphs and any other items that may pertain to your question.

  1. Open the PDF document with a view between 100% - 125%
  2. Click Grab
  3. Click capture - choose "selection"
  4. Decide where you want the image to start and then click - hold the mouse down as you drag across the portion of the image you want. Do not let go of your mouse until ready! Once you let go it will capture the image. (don't get frustrated - this takes a bit of practice - it is the same action you use for "cut and paste")
  5. Click the red button as if you are closing the image. This will prompt you to save it. If you can save it directly to your iPhoto Library go ahead. If not, save it to your desktop.
  6. Repeat the process with all the images you need.

Importing Images to iPhoto

If you were able to directly save your images to iPhoto - skip this step. Otherwise you need to import your images to iPhoto.

  1. Open iPhoto
  2. Click File
  3. Click "Import to iPhoto Library"
  4. The finder will open to your list of files - find the images you saved (I suggested the Desktop earlier)
  5. Click the desktop icon in your finder - select the image - import to iPhoto Library
  6. Once you import them to iPhoto you can edit by cropping - if needed.
  7. How? Click on the photo in iPhoto - Library, click edit on the iPhoto tool bar, click crop, drag the edges where you want them, click done, iPhoto automatically saves it
  8. Once you have finished any editing it's time to move on to Keynote

Keynote - preparing slides

  1. Open Keynote
  2. Choose your Theme (background template)
  3. Click on the Masters icon - usually 3rd icon on top left
  4. This will open a variety of templates - click Blank
  5. Click the Media icon - usually 3rd icon on top right
  6. In the Media window click photos. You should see all of your images, Drag your images by clicking the mouse on the image and dragging it onto your Keynote screen
  7. Position and size by dragging the corner buttons
  8. Add text, arrows and images as needed
  9. Prepare as many slides as you need. Think of your audio and the items you want to point out.
  10. Save your Keynote and Export the slides to iPhoto

Exporting Keynote Slides to iPhoto

  1. On the top left hand side of the Keynote toolbar click File > Export > Images
  2. A save file bar will drop down - name your file and enter.
  3. Your slides will Export from Keynote into iPhoto

NOTE!!! You may have noticed that when you clicked File > Export > Images, you also had the option of saving a PDF. That's right! You can create your own handouts and graphic organizers! It just takes a bit of practice, but it is doable.

iMovie - setting up your movie

  1. Open iMovie
  2. Start and name a new project
  3. Click the camera icon and drag in images in the order of your presentation
  4. Click the corner icons on the filmstrip to edit timing and cropping. You will need to improvise as you set the length of each video. I usually make my slide times longer than needed. After I record that specific section I simply clip off the end.
  5. Click the microphone and the slide you want to record over. Record your presentation. It is best to do it in sections.
  6. Options; add titles, add music, add effects. Play with the icons and get creative. You can always remove what you don't want.
  7. Your iMovie is automatically saved as you edit it. You can play it right out of iMovie or you can export it to YouTube, iTunes or Quicktime. You can even make videos to embed in your Keynote presentations. The options are numerous

A note about copyright

Be careful what you might upload to your Blog or YouTube. For example, standardized tests are protected therefore, you should not upload them. Save them for the classroom. I simply used a standardized test as an example of how you can focus on specific questions and skills. Copyright infringement is not intended or encouraged.

However, this does not mean you cannot create your own examples. Get creative and add a bit of technology to your curriculum - practice makes perfect.

Keep an eye out for additional Hubs regarding technology in the classroom.

Lesson ideas

I usually use my technology in two ways - Keynote and iMovie

  1. Project an image and ask them to interpret what they see. Introduce and discuss the new skill/topic with the class.
  2. Guide them through a Keynote illustrating the new skill/topic. Encourage discussion - the promotion of oral voice assists in improving written voice as well as develops the interpretation of author's voice. (I teach ELA)
  3. As students are watching the Keynote and having a guided discussion have them complete Cornell notes, a graphic organizer or a fold-able. (For me - These end up in their study binder that we build during the year.) It is vital that the materials are thought provoking and inspire understanding.
  4. Close the session with a iMovie version of the Keynote lesson. This serves as a visual and audio review of what they just learned. Try to keep the iMovie under 3-5 minutes. You do NOT want to lose them.
  5. The processes above help cover the needs of various learners - the visual, kinesthetic and auditory.
  6. Afterwards, include the media on either YouTube, a school page or classroom blog as a review for students and parents. Many campuses are starting to create a media library of various presentations and videos by department.

Animated Keynote to iMovie

Here is another video tutorial. Adding animations is fun and makes things a bit more interesting. Here are the basic steps that go with the video tutorial below.

1) prepare animated presentation in Keynote
2) Export to Quicktime
3) Convert .mov to .mp4
4) Import .mp4 movie into iMovie
5) Finish your video and share

Keynote Animations

© 2011 Marisa Hammond Olivares


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    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Kerlund74, thank you! You made my day!

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      5 years ago from Sweden

      Well planned and great performed instructions here. I think you have done a great job:)

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      6 years ago from Texas

      rtburroughs2, thank you so much for reading and watching the video. I did try the video and I had to adjust the volume on the youtube screen as opposed to the computer's speakers. I do hope to hear from you again, best wishes on your project and class.

      FYI- the youtube volume control is on the lower left hand side of the youtube video screen. Hope this helps.

    • rtburroughs2 profile image

      Robert Burroughs 

      6 years ago

      I was literally just talking about learning how to do creative pieces for my Behavioral Science class. This is a very informative article. The video's do need to be recorded louder, I had my speakers full blast and could barely hear. I will follow the advice in your text. Thanks. I will post again in July when I receive my grade.

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      6 years ago from Texas

      RTalloni, thank you so much, I greatly appreciate you pinning this. I need to go find that iStuff board so I can be sure to see all of your wonderful pins. Have a wonderful day and keep on hubbing!

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      6 years ago

      Yes, returning, and now also pinning to my iStuff board. Thanks again for posting this on HP! :)

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Gosh Marcy, how on earth did you find this hub? I published this when I first started out at HubPages. I am glad to hear you have a Mac and let me tell you, there just isn't enough time in a day to play with all the things Apple and Mac can provide. The best way to learn is through trial and error and just start messing with the Apps. There is a variety of ways to produce presentations with a Mac. You know where to find me if you ever need any help. Thank you for stopping by to read, comment and to show your support.

      Gerhard, thank you very much for your readership and kind words. I do hope you have been able to create a few presentations and have been happy with them.

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      I so need this information! I'm new to Mac, and haven't really tried to make movies or slide shows before anyway, so I have two learning curves. So glad I found this - I'll be using it as my guide. Voted up and shared!

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      6 years ago

      Hello from Germany. I've been looking for educational software. But you really made my day. You answered all the questions I had in my head regarding all the nuances of video creating process. Wish you a Merru Christmas and Happy New Year.It's been truly helpful.

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      7 years ago from Texas

      RTalloni, glad you found it useful. This can be used out of the classroom as well. Thank you so much for reading.

      cclitgirl, I remember being disappointed when I learned our school district was using macs. I am soooo in love with it now! I can't believe I felt that way. They are incredibly easy to use and have so many wonderful features. I do hope you get one one day. Glad to share.

    • cclitgirl profile image

      Cynthia Calhoun 

      7 years ago from Western NC

      Interesting and comprehensive information. If I ever own a mac, this will be one of my stops so that I can learn more about using this software. Thanks for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      Though I won't be using this in the classroom I am glad to learn more about making these videos and expect I'll be returning to this hub. Thanks!

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Trsmd and jeyaramd - I'm happy to see both of you have come by. Creating imovies on a mac is actually pretty easy. I just build my slides on keynote (or Power Point) and then export them as photos to imovie.

      Glad to share and thank you for reading and commenting.

    • jeyaramd profile image


      7 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Thanks for sharing this video on using iMovie effectively. I recently purchased a mac air. I look forward to trying this video. Thanks so much.

    • Trsmd profile image


      7 years ago from India

      Great idea about creating movie videos and great step by step illustration on how to proceed. Hope I can try once and feel better. Thanks for SHARING:)

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      7 years ago

      Eight years ago, I switched from a PC to a Mac. Mac is a great platform for creating presentations. My sixth-grade granddaughter is a whiz at it, and she's been organizing summer photos into Powerpoint presentations since she was in fourth grade. Great hub!

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Lee!

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      8 years ago from Northeast

      This is a great article! I love my Mac and use it for everything from presentations to pod casting. It's so important to be able to incorporate technology when it is available. This is a great way to get students interested in the tasks at hand. Thank you.

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Sunshine! You are awesome!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      8 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent hub!!! Very creative :) Voted Up and tweeted!


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