Movie Maker

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Movie Maker is free video-editing software included with Microsoft Windows XP.

To download this program at home, click the link:
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 United Streaming can also be edited using this software. Note: If you use United Streaming videos in your projects, please be sure the video has the “EDIT” label. If it does not have this label, you do not have rights to change, modify, or use the video for multimedia purposes.
How can educators justify an educational activity like digital storytelling, which at first glance, seems to be an unlikely candidate for standards based education?  The answer to this can be found in an article from Tech & Learning.
Curriculum Connections
  • Interviews
  • Theater performances
  • Digital photo slideshow
  • Video “field trip” tour
  • “A Day in the Life of…”
  • Photo essays
  • Student news shows
  • Editing Discovery Streaming videos
  • Commercials
  • Public Service Announcements
  • Debates
  • Demonstrate science experiments
  • Digital storytelling
  • Timelines
  • Documentaries
  • Showcase student work
  • Biographies
  • Autobiographies
  • Book talks
  • Historical reenactments
  • Open House or Back to School introduction


Ideas for using your Flip Video Camera:
  • Film students during the first week of school and ask them what their goals are for the year.
  • Film the progression of fluency.
  • Film a completed project of a student before you send it home.
  • Film questions from the class at the beginning of a unit, then film them answering the same questions at the end of the unit.
  • Capture the excitement of learning from your students.
  • Capture hands-on learning that can never be captured by a traditional assessment.
  • Bring the outside world in!
  • Film special guests and presenters (who will allow it).
  • Create video time capsules.
  • Capture highlights from special events or field trips.
*Adapted from "Caught on Video" by Bob Sprankle, Technology and Learning, April 2008.
Equipment Needed
  • Computer
  • Movie Maker software
  • Multimedia to import into the program (pictures, video footage, audio, etc)
  • Microphone headset – for narration, if so desired
  • Digital video camera (to capture video footage, if desired)
  • Discovery Streaming videos (labeled for “editing”), if so desired
How do you assess a digital story or movie? Here are some ideas:

Assessment example

Assessment example (pick your project type for a full rubric)

Tutorials and Resources

Quick Tips

Contests Featuring Multimedia Content:
 How do you import a video clip as a whole segment and not in little pieces?


Watch the video below for a quick and easy way to introduce Movie Maker to your class!

Training Resources: