April 25, 2012
Windows Movie Maker is a video creating and editing software application, included in Microsoft Windows. It contains features such as effects, transitions, titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie. Windows Movie Maker can apply basic effects to audio tracks such as fade in or fade out.
- Tell a story with Windows Live Movie Maker: A great tutorial, ideas, and teacher tips – from Microsoft
- Getting Started Tutorial – Windows Live Movie Maker – YouTube video
- Windows Live Movie Maker Tutorial (PDF)
- Windows Live Movie Maker in the classroom
Ideas for the Classroom
- Music and Me: Visual Representations of Lyrics to Popular Music – From ReadWriteThink
- MyTube: Changing the World With Video Public Service Announcements – From ReadWriteThink
- Put It Together! Combing Pictures with Words to Create Your Movie – from Scholastic
- Create a timeline that moves: Present a succession of historical events in a photo slide show with music from that period.
- Make your movie morph: For science class, present the stages of development in the life of a butterfly. Create a photo slide show with images that you take or use from the Internet.
- Demonstrate things you can’t bring to class: Videotape the physics at play in a local skate park with still photos or video.
- Share the classics in a fresher way: Shoot video of various students reciting a phrase or two from a Shakespearean sonnet. String them together in a movie.
- Try a different angle for math: For math class, share all the ways that angles appear in everyday life, from a city skyscraper to the painted lines in the school parking lot to the countless angles at play on a pool table.
- Start a lively debate: Frame a debate topic by sharing the pros and cons of an issue with photos.