My boys are gonna be Apple kids whether they like it or not! They have a momma that is all about the MAC and any child of mine is going to have to accept the fact that a MAC is going to be our family’s computer of choice. So I was thrilled that I was able to get them into to the Apple Store’s Apple Camp for kids.
If you haven’t heard of Apple Camp, it is a free workshop that is held at the Apple Store each summer. Kids ages 8-12 are allowed to sign up, and if you are lucky enough to claim a spot, you get to enjoy the amazing thrill of Apple!
At Apple Camp, the kids are taught how to shoot their own video footage and put it all together in iMovie on a Mac. They were also taught how to create an original song in GarageBand (an app included on iPads) that they can add to their original video. Apple Camp is three days long, ending with campers debuting their masterpieces at the Apple Camp Film Festival.
For the past few years I have been trying to find something that my oldest son could become interested in. He is picky when it comes to sports, and baseball is the only sport that he will try. He loves it, and I hate to say it, but he isn’t really good at it. And although I totally support him at it and take him to all his practices and games, I know there will come a time when he will need to move on and find something that he can excel at.
I have seen his interest in me blogging and taking pictures and video. He is always snatching my camera….and what kids doesn’t want to dominate the family iPad. So when I saw that registration for Apple Camp opened up, I was all over it. Making movies is right up his alley.
They spent two days learning how to make their own jingles and how to use iMovie. For homework they had to take some video footage which they learned how to edit the next day. The learning was fun and innovative….perfect to get those lazy summer brains working again! And the parents got to get some training too. During the kids workshops, Apple teachers taught the parents how to use iMovie as well, and how to set those (high-needed) parental controls.
Apple Camp was a success! I am proud of my boys for learning all the new skills they were taught, and for being creative in their videos (which I will share soon…in another post). And I am excited because I want my boys to be involved in technology, especially when it can better their futures.
Apple Camp was wonderful and I highly suggest trying to get your kids into a session. Unfortunately sessions are only held once a year, and they just finished. But be on the lookout for when registration opens up next summer. You must try to get your kids in within hours of it opening up in order to get a spot. Apple Camp is hot…and in high demand. Lot of kids want to participate. I feel so lucky that after 3 years of trying to get in, my boys finally got to experience it.