End of the Year Video

I had a few questions about the end of the year video I create for my kiddos. This is the gift I give my little friends at the end of the year.  

To preface this, I should say I am an Apple person. So everything I use to create and record the stuff here all starts with an 'i'...  :) I heart Apple. 

Throughout the year whenever we have an event, like a field trip or performance, or when we create a class video, (this year we made one on our classroom rules, and we made a class "music video" to a money song we loved) I compile all of the pictures and video from that one event (I either use my Flip Camera or my iPhone to record) into an iMovie project. I dump it all there because it's so easy to create a project. iMovie has some neat templates to use that make the project look super fancy without having to do a whole lot of work.  

As I complete the projects in iMovie, I place them into iDVD. This is just a matter of dragging and dropping the videos I've already created into one final DVD project.

Here's what the menu of our DVD looks like so far... (I still need to put our zoo field trip in there and I will need to put the last video of their 2nd grade Life Cycles performance in next week...)

They can click on the chapters and watch the video that goes with it!

I've found that by doing a little bit throughout the year, it eliminates me having to spend hours and hours and hours at the end of the year trying to compile everything together (because there's not enough to do at the end of the year, right!? ;-) 

Once all of the projects are there, I burn one for each kid and viola... they have a DVD with different chapters to remember the amazing year we've had together! 

PLEASE let me know if you have any questions about this!!! I'd be HAPPY to help! 

Also, I need to apologize for being such a bad bloggy buddy and not having the time to comment on your blogs. I promise, in a week I'll have lots of time to lounge and comment!!! :) Meanwhile, thank you for YOUR comments because they've helped in getting me through these last few weeks of craziness school!

Have a great weekend!!! 


  1. Thanks for the info. I bet your students and their parents LOVE this dvd. It is so nice of you to make one for each student.


  2. Sandy... this is EXACTLY what I do, too. I've been making them DVD's for YEARS. So happy that Mac has made it increasingly easier each year. I, too, heart apple. :D
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  3. What an amazing thing to give your students...and a lot of work that goes into that! :)
    Apples and ABC's