Movie Maker

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Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.

Movie Maker

  • Import and edit slide shows and videos
    • Quickly add photos and footage from your PC or camera into Movie Maker. Then fine tune your movie just the way you want it. You can move things around, speed it up or slow it down- it's up to you.
  • Edit the soundtrack and add a theme
    • Enhance your movie with audio and a theme. Movie Maker adds transitions and effects automatically so your movie looks polished and professional.
  • Share your movie online
    • Once your movie is ready, share it online on Facebook, YouTube, or other social networking and video sharing sites. Send a link to your movie in an email to family and friends so they won't miss it.
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Pedagogical Ideas

In the classroom, Movie Maker can be used in a variety of ways. Some ideas include the following:

  • Historical Reenactment - Students use Movie Maker to reenact a historic event. This can be done in small groups or as a whole class (consider a Civil War reenactment). Upload the movies to the class or school website as a resource.
  • Math Video - Students film themselves delivering a math lesson and edit it with Movie Maker for sharing with the class. Upload the movies to a class website for the whole class to use as study tools.
  • Teacher Exclusive: No More repeating Myself - For concepts that are always troublesome, make a movie and upload it to the class website. This allows you to be sure the presentation is clear and that you will not have to repeat it. It is also great for parents who need a quick review so they can help their learners at home.

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