Movie Maker

Movie Maker allows you to easily create a free website for your classroom.

Click here for a short video introduction to Movie Maker.

Click here for a short video on using Movie Maker in an educational setting.

Note: Most PCs come with Movie Maker already installed. You should check to see if your version of Windows has Movie Maker installed before you download it.

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Rubric for Movie Maker Technology Badge
Pre-Production and Production
Appropriate Concept and Video Used Not all concepts or instructional problems can be taught or solved with a video. The concept you choose should be one that will utilize the medium of video well, and will enhance the learning. Typically this means a concept difficult to teach or portray without video. Video is a visual medium, use it! Don’t just film a lecture, show us! Your video should add something to a person’s learning that would not be possible or easily done without a video.
Aligns with State Core Educators seeking to earn this badge should use a topic that aligns to the state core where they teach or where they are studying. This requirement does not apply to non-educators seeking to earn this badge.
Storyboard A storyboard provides you with a plan for your video. Before filming or editing, create your storyboard. If you already have images you want to use, include those in the storyboard. Include what narration or text you will use in each part of your video. Once you begin making your video, you may find you need to do things differently than what you have in your storyboard. If that happens it’s ok, you wouldn’t have known that without a plan!
Digital Images At least one digital image (a still image) must be used in the project. This can be a photo you took yourself, or one you find on the web.
Video You should use both video created by someone else (such as a YouTube video or a portion of a movie), and video created by you (the video you create should be edited film, rather than a photo montage). If adding the video made by someone else within the video does not make sense, you may add the video at the end. Make sure to abide by all copyright laws and guidelines.
Add Narration Depending on the style and design of your video, narration may not be needed in your video. However, for the purposes of assessing your ability to use narration, please include at least 1 line of narration somewhere in your video.
Background Music The right background music will enhance a video making it more engaging and interesting to watch. If the music will detract from the professional look and feel of your video, you may add it at the end (e.g. Music plays while credits are rolling).
Transitions Choose professional transitions that will help move the video forward without distracting from content. Since transitions are not always needed between cuts, do not use them at inappropriate times.
Titles/Text Meaningful text (such as a title at the beginning of the video, or a set of instructions, etc.) should be used when appropriate. At least 1 title must be used in the video.
Credits Credits should be provided for all content (video, still images, music, etc.) that you did not create, regardless of if the content is in the public domain, Creative Commons, or used under Fair Use. It is also courteous to give credit to yourself and those you helped you produce your video. Credits should not scroll or disappear so quickly that they cannot be read, although they may move quickly.
Professional Look and Feel
Audio Levels Audio levels of music, narration, and other sound are at appropriate levels, so important narration and dialogue can easily be heard, and extraneous sounds do not conflict with the main message.
Interesting/Engaging to View While a video may be very informative, if it is not done in an interesting or engaging manner, the audience may have a difficult time paying attention. Lots of factors influence a video’s ability to be interesting or engaging, such as the Background music, the narration, and titles you use, as well as the topic of the video. However, even seemingly boring topics can be the subject of great videos. Often the answer is not what is delivered, but how it is delivered. Using fun or interesting analogies, people with vibrant personalities, or examples that build on viewers previous experiences can increase the engagement level of your video. Pacing can also affect a video’s ability to be interesting. Don’t make shots longer than they have to be. If a particularly uninteresting thing needs to be shown in full, trying filming it from different angles and at different distances (close up, wide shot, etc.) and switch between these different shots. The movement will make the video visually interesting to watch even if the same, seemingly boring thing is being shown.
Cuts Cuts from one clip to another should be smooth and not distract the audience. Avoid cuts that feel abrupt or are too soon or too late on either side of the clip used.
Creative Commons License the video with Creative Commons.
Upload to Youtube The completed video should be uploaded to YouTube. Include an appropriate title and description of your video. Add tags to increase the likelihood of others finding your video. Select an appropriate category for your video (typically education). Under the advanced settings, either do not allow users to add comments and video responses, or change the setting so they are only allowed with approval.
Submit Work
Portfolio Create a sub-page under your website portfolio page and label it “Movie Maker.” Embed your video to this page from YouTube.
Submit Send a link to this page to your instructor via Canvas. If you are not currently enrolled in a course, send your project to
Rubric for Movie Maker Planning Badge
Technology You must have previously earned the Movie Maker Technology Badge.
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Rubric for Movie Maker Integration Badge
Technology You must have previously earned the Movie Maker Technology Badge.
Planning You must have previously earned the Movie Maker Planning Badge.
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