Windows Movie Maker is a great resource because it's free, the skills used are transferrable into other microsoft programs and Movie Maker comes with Windows XP and newer Windows versions. Both teachers and children could use the software to enhance children's learning. Teachers could create movies on a particular subject and use them as a stimulus for a lesson. Children can also easily create their own movies. For example, putting together their own film based on a topic they're learning about, recording a narrative, acting out a story and then linking it with images. It can therefore be used across the curriculum as pictures from all different subjects can be used. Children could use tuff-cams to capture pictures they want to add to their film. Pictures, sound and text can be added to create videos.

Before you start using Movie Maker, you need the images and sound files that you want to add to the movie.

There are two views that you can create your movie in: timeline and storyboard pictured below


Movie Maker: Timeline View


Movie Maker: Storyboard View

I find that using the 'storyboard' view is easier than the 'timeline' view. You import the pictures that you want to use and can make sure that they're in order by right clicking in the 'collections' box where your pictures are now being stored, select 'Arrange Icons by' (at the bottom) and choose name so that the pictures are in order of name. This is especially important when you are creating a stop motion animation and you need the pictures to be in order.

Having imported the pictures you want to use into Movie Maker, drag each picture into the empty slots of the 'storyboard' view. Transitions and effects can be added so that the pictures appear in different ways.

To add a sound file to your movie, you need to be in the 'timeline' view.

Quick Step by Step Guide to Windows Movie Maker:

  1. Choose a topic/subject that you want to make your movie about
  2. Take lots of photos to use (using a digital camera, tuff cam or similar)
  3. Load the pictures onto the computer
  4. Import the pictures into Windows Movie Maker
  5. Drag the pictures in the sequence you want for your movie
  6. Add transitions, sounds, effects etc.
  7. Watch your movie and make any necessary changes

We created this video as part of our stop motion animation, some of which I have used in my resource.