Rebecca Hunley, Jefferson County High School
Why use Windows Movie Maker?
1) Allows teachers the benefits of multimedia in the classroom to engage students and increase retention. 2) Easily available and free to download with MS windows! 3) Easy to use with pre-existing or new images
4) Interactive and engaging tool that can implement several standards within several academic disciplines.
When starting to use Movie Maker, check version…..they look different and have different applications with the newer version giving more flexibility to font placement, transitions, and more. If possible, go ahead and download version 7 from Microsoft. http://explore.live.com/windows-live-movie-maker?os=other
Previous version New version (Windows Live 2011)
Important movie making tips to think about when considering a Movie Maker Project: • Point of view - from whose perspective is the story being told? Or is the presentation informational, to give information about research, results from experiments, or conclusion to a unit or a project? • Do you want captions before, on, or after the pictures? • Length of scenes. Students can act out scenes which can be easily uploaded to project. • Background music and sounds. Music can be downloaded from purchased music, i.e., Itunes, CD, or there are some free music sites as well. In addition, students can narrate the movie and the recorded piece can be uploaded. • Consider text effects, size, and color. Remember the transition, speed, and color of the movie. Too much text can overwhelm an audience and images scrolling too quickly can be frustrating for viewers as well. • Transitions from scene to scene e.g. fade, star swipe etc. • Story stages - Introducing the characters and storyline, developing the story, story climax, ending, credits. Credits are very important….Allow students to name their job in assignment, “Technical advisor,” “Research Team,” etc., but more importantly give credit to resources and images and media that is used from the internet. Stress to students the importance of giving credit to the author or owner of the work.
Instructions for Teachers:
• Set up computers with both speakers and the windows movie maker program loaded. It is also helpful to have a number of stock images, sound and music resources available. • Students can work individually or in pairs.
• Introduce that in this class they will be learning to use Windows Movie Maker and creating their own movies. • Hand out a worksheet (See attached sample Movie Maker Storyboard) that lets students come up with a theme, main characters, brief story outline etc (as stated in the important movie making things above). It’s ok if they don’t fully complete their sheet as they will come up with more ideas and change their sheet as they go. • Turn on your computer and show the class an example of a ready- made movie telling them to look out for things like sound effects, scene transitions, title overlays, main characters, story etc. For older students, have them jot down ideas, pictures, or video clips they liked in the movie. Try using a (See attached sample) Double Entry Journal, or Reading Log format for students to brainstorm and then reflect on what they saw. • Ask them a few questions about what they saw, what did they like? What would they do differently? Reflect in journal. • Load up Windows Movie Maker making sure to show the students what icon you clicked. • If you have a variety of media available then show the students where all the image, sound and movie resources are stored. They can add more resources to this area by uploading their own images, sounds and songs from a personal CD, USB stick or similar memory device. • While introducing the different parts, make a quick example movie with the class this is the best way...