Monday, December 29, 2008

Using Movie Maker in the Classroom

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:

How can educators justify an educational activity like digital storytelling, which at first glance, seems an unlikely candidate for standards-based education? Ironically, the answer to this question can be found through a careful examination of a series of standards and position statements in the following article: TechLearning Article

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:
  1. Edit Discovery Streaming videos to show only section you want to your class
  2. Remix Discovery Streaming videos to put together important concepts
  3. Have students research historical figures. Record their interviews
  4. Create a public service announcement.
  5. Create a commercial for a new product
  6. Record a school tour or classroom tour for back to school night.
  7. Record puppet shows, theater performances, debates, or speeches
  8. Record science experiments
  9. Record weather daily or shadows from the sun throughout the year
  10. Go on a nature walk and record items from your “treasure hunt”
  11. Record when a student has a success or a school project
  12. Download editable videos to create your own movies in Movie Maker. Mute the narrator and record your own facts.

Related Articles:
1. MD, VA, DC Day of Discovery (Using Movie Maker in the Classroom)
2. Testing the New Flip Video Camera

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