Have you ever wanted to become a YouTube sensation or seen those awesome videos produced by the science teacher Mr. Parr? Well, here is your ticket to maybe being the next singing, dancing, parody making, most awesome teacher! Are you excited? If not, I’m sure that you will be ready to get started after you read this blog.
Windows Live Movie Maker is a neat tool to use in school, your students can make commercials, videographies, capture a countless number of memorable moments and produce quality work. On Lynda.com an extensive training is offered involving Windows Live Movie Maker. In this blog I will be focusing on Chapter 3: Putting It All Together, this is the section where the magic happens.
The first section, Creating an AutoMovie, discussed creating your movie without having to go in and manually do everything, from adding music to special effects. This is the most simple way to create a movie, if you are not concerned about the effects that are used during transitions. Windows Live Movie Maker‘s, AutoMovie templates makes it so easy for the user, some of the templates automatically add a title, director, cast, and soundtrack slides for you to edit. If the music that you are using has track information the program will automatically add the artist and track name for you as it did for me.
I thought that it was really cool that the software would allow you to create an aesthetically pleasing movie within seconds, using the AutoMovie tool.
In the next four sections of the tutorial it focuses on changing some of the options that were selected in the AutoMovie process, like the title, transitions, and the background colors of the slides to make your movie more personalized.
I love how easy the tutorial was to follow and how involved you can get with Windows Live Movie Maker by following the tutorials. Anyone would be able to follow the tutorial and create a great professional quality movie.
You can also create movies with video clips that you have taken from a camera (smartphone), record from a computer/laptop that has a camera, iPad, or any device with a camera and still use the AutoMovie tool to create your movie in seconds.
Windows Live Movie Maker is free to download. This software could be really cool to use to make a digital yearbook for your students, using a collection of photos and videos taken throughout the year. I personally have used the software to make a Harlem Shake video to get my kids excited about the EOG’s. Another idea that I thought of to use the program was letting my students use it to create a tutorial on math problems, that their classmates could watch if they needed help solving a particular type of problem.
Below is the video that I created while going through the tutorial is below, check it out!
In what ways do you think that you can use Windows Live Movie Maker to enhance your instruction?