Tech Trek: The move to movies: Instruction that engagesby: Bob Lucking, Tami C. Al-Hazza, and Edwin P. Christmann

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Take a look at the latest classroom technology. Learn about the latest movie software for your computer that allows you to create your own instructional materials and students to present their own multimedia projects.

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  • on Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:54 AM

This article extols the usefulness of Movie Maker a free download from Microsoft. Aside from the ease of making movies on topics of interest, this program can provide clips of classroom experiments for students who were absent on the day they were done. Students can make movies about science as a formative assessment. For Mac lovers the article also talks about iMove and some of its unique features that make it user friendly for both teacher and student. Either tool is useful in spicing up presentations.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:55 PM

This article reviews movie editing software Movie Maker and iMovie. The article provides an overview of the software and screenshots of the software editing screen. Additionally, the article describes some activities where students produce movies as well as some advantages for making movies documenting classroom activities.

Angelika Fairweather  (Bradenton, FL)
Angelika Fairweather (Bradenton, FL)

  • on Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:12 PM

It is hard to keep up with technological advances and know how to incorporate them into one’s teaching practices. Newer generation movie software packages make it easier to create and edit video clips and photos into movies for instructing. Movie Maker is free from Microsoft for PC users, and Mac users have IMovie. The article explains how easy it is to develop one’s own instructional materials using these particular software bundles. If all is needed is a nudge, this article may provide the jumpstart for a tech-savvy teacher to transform power point lessons into ‘attention-commanding video sessions’. The authors provide some helpful hints, but the reader needs a little courage and time. This article does not provide enough instruction for those traumatized by the mere mention of technology.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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