Windows Movie Maker is free video-editing software included with Microsoft Windows XP. With Movie Maker, you can turn footage from your digital video camera into movies, share them on the Internet, and burn them to CD or DVD. Downloadable movies from online sources such as Discovery Streaming can also be edited using this software, just be sure you use a clip that has been flagged for “editing“.
Where can you go to download Movie Maker for your home computer? (Remember, you need to have Windows XP or higher.) Follow the link: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/moviemaker2.mspx
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Here are some additional resources you can use to become more proficient with Movie Maker:
1. Microsoft’s Movie Maker PageThis page contains various tutorials for the program and an explanation of the software.
2. Mighty Coach Tutorial on Movie Maker
3. Atomic Learning Tutorial on Movie Maker
Classroom Ideas for Movie Maker and/or using your Flip Video Camera:
- Edit Discovery Streaming videos to show only section you want to your class
- Remix Discovery Streaming videos to put together important concepts
- Have students research historical figures. Record their interviews
- Create a public service announcement.
- Create a commercial for a new product
- Record a school tour or classroom tour for back to school night.
- Record puppet shows, theater performances, debates, or speeches
- Record science experiments
- Record weather daily or shadows from the sun throughout the year
- Go on a nature walk and record items from your “treasure hunt”
- Record when a student has a success or a school project
- Download editable videos to create your own movies in Movie Maker. Mute the narrator and record your own facts.