iLife in the Classroom
University of Stevenson -- 2004

Course textbook:
The Macintosh iLife 04 in the Classroom: An interactive classroom learning guide to iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and Garage Band by Jim Heid -- (Teacher edition including hands-on projects for grades K-12, by Nikos Theodosakis, author of Director in the Classroom.


Session 1: Introducing iLife!
Learning goal: iTunes and iPhoto

iTunes and iPod -- Listening to Music

(Textbook pg. 18-87, DVD Main Menu Item 2 or Jump to Topic Menu: 1 -- Chapters 1-16)

• Importing music into iTunes: pg 20-21
• Audio Formats: pg. 22-23
• Editing Song Info: 28-29
Addendum RE: File format:

About import settings and hard disk space
(from iTunes help)
When you import a song into the library, the song is encoded and stored on your hard disk. The amount of space the file takes up depends on the song and the import settings that are chosen in iTunes preferences. The import settings also affect the audio quality of the imported song. Larger files take up more hard disk space, but generally sound better.

If you have a Macintosh computer and QuickTime 6.2 or later installed, the default encoding format is MPEG-4 AAC, a new, compressed format that rivals the sound quality of audio CDs. If you have an earlier version of QuickTime on your Mac, the default format is MP3 (or whatever you last chose in Importing preferences).

AAC-encoded files will sound as good as or better than MP3 files encoded at the same or even a higher bit rate. For example, a 128 kbps AAC file should sound as good as or better than a 160 kbps MP3 file. Because the bit rate is lower, the AAC file will also be smaller than the MP3 file. AAC files allow you to store the most music on your hard disk or iPod, and may allow for longer battery life on the iPod. The High Quality AAC setting creates files that are usually less than 1 MB for each minute of music.

If you plan to transfer files to a digital music player other than iPod, you can choose the MP3 Encoder and the High Quality setting to fit more songs on the player. The High Quality MP3 setting creates files that are about 1 MB in size for each minute of music.

The WAV and AIFF encoders do not compress the songs. They make files that are several times larger than AAC or MP3 files and take up a large amount of hard disk space (about 650 MB per CD or 10 MB per minute of music). However, if you plan to burn high-quality audio CDs with the songs you're importing, you should use AIFF encoding for the best results. The WAV encoder is primarily for use with Windows computers or computers that do not have MP3 software.

iPhoto: Organizing and Sharing Images
(Textbook pg. 90-149, DVD Main Menu Item 3 or Jump to Topic Menu 3 -- Page 1:Chapters 1-12 )

Adam Engst presentation:
Four Basic Functions of iPhoto
1. Import photos from cameras or files
2. Organize and categorize them
3. Make simple editing changes quickly
4. Output to a wide variety of destinations

1. Explore the iLife website and Lessons pages. Find one lesson or idea that you could adapt for your classroom. Be prepared to share your findings.

iLife website:

iLife in Education

Apple Learning Interchange - iLife Lessons
Here’s a collection of lesson starters to show how you can use iLife applications in your classroom --These wonderful lessons come from educators like you, who are using iLife applications to enhance their curricula and student performance.

Apple Learning Interchange - iLife Educator Awards

From the Educator Awards: Lesson Plans in the Teacher Supplement

Rights and Responsibilities

Social Studies - Middle School

Math All Around Us

Math - Middle School

Exploring History Face to Face

History - Middle School

Documenting Environmental Issues and Taking Action

Science, Social Studies, Language Arts - High School

Let's Make a Photo Book

Language Arts, Science, Art - Primary

Now Hear This! Making a Public Service Announcement

Health, Social Studies - High School

2. A picture is worth a thousand words!
Create an iPhoto slide show, with music, about a topic you are currently teaching, or to "tell a story" about activities your students are involved in. Minimum 10 slides.

Digital Resources:

Need to brush up on iLife Skills?

Using iLife 04 in Education -- David Baugh
(Watch and learn, all video tutorials!)

Camera and Camcorder compatibility

Tips for making your movie

Learn more about iMovie

Learn more about iPhoto

Learn more about iTunes

Learn more about iDVD

Unofficial iDVD 4 FAQs

The Atomic Learning Library
Online software training for school, home, and business. 12 Free “iMovie 3” tutorials

Apple QuickTime for Learning

GarageBand Tutorial


Session 2:
Learning goal: iLife Lessons, iMovie and Garage Band demo

Review Homework:
Present slides shows and iLife lessons.

Organizing and Sharing Images, Part 2
(Textbook pg. 90-147, DVD Main Menu Item 3, Topic Menu 2 -- Page 2: Chapters 1-13

iMovie: Making Movies
(Textbook pg. 152-201, DVD Main Menu Item 4, Topic Menu 3 --Chapters 1-11)

1. Export your completed slide show (from last week’s homework) to Quicktime. Create one quicktime at 640 x 480 pixels, and a second one at 320 x 240 pixels, be prepared to share your discovery about file size and quality.

2. Create an iMovie lesson plan
Review the iLife Lesson plans on the Apple Website. What lesson or activity could your students use iMovie as a learning tool?


Session 3:
Learning goal: iMovie (continued) and iDVD

iDVD: Putting it All Together
(Textbook pg. 204-227, DVD Main Menu Item 5, Topic Menu 4 -- Chapters 1-17)

1. Create an iMovie of your slide show. Add titles, transitions and (optional) voice-over.

2. Create an “action plan” for incorporating iLife tools in your classroom. Template provided.


Session 4:
Learning goal: iDVD and GarageBand demo

Garage Band: Making Your Own Music
(Textbook pg. 230-259, DVD Main Menu Item 6, Topic Menu 5 -- Chapters 1-12)

Sharing of action plans and completed movies.
Create DVD
Final reflections.