Empowering students with technology means more than traditional learning, it also means providing creative opportunities. For many students, this means creating video content. Helping students create video content gives them not just a creative outlet but also prepares them to better engage in technology for the future. However, for teachers inexperienced with creating video content, Microsoft offers a lot of excellent free products.
Movie Moments provides an excellent platform to create and edit short videos. With the ability to tinker with colors, add text, and add music, Movie Moments is perfect for creating short works. Movie Moments works only in 60 second chunks. However, the pieces of time to include can be spread throughout the original recording. This means that it enables teachers to reinforce some of the “editing” and “revising” objectives in a more kinesthetic way. For children who might be having a difficult time understanding the writing process, the video process can be a hands-on way to introduce the types of steps needed to make a good creative or information communication.
Movie Maker by Videopix
Movie Maker allows for longer videos as well as different types of video editing. For people comfortable with Snapchat or Instagram, Movie Maker works similarly. Movie Maker has filters and text overlay capabilities like the photography apps. However, it also allows music to be added and even allows for different music to be added at different times. Moreover, it offers further customization with the ability to apply different affects to different trimmed parts of the video. For teachers using this to show students how to make video presentations, it also allows for transition effect such as rotation and tile.
Easy Movie Maker
Easy Movie Maker works best for those with limited understanding of video editing or those working with younger kids. It allows basic editing as well as the addition of text and music. However, it lacks the bells and whistles of filters and transitions. In this sense, by having minimal editing opportunities, it acts as a great gateway tool for children or teachers just starting to engage in video content creation.
Pedagogical research indicates that the future of education lies in giving students 21st Century skills and creating a learner-centered classroom. With the core curriculum requirements and the continued integration of standards, interest-driven lessons are less likely to be available. However, video content creation can provide and opportunity to engage students and move a traditional curriculum into a learner-centered one.