Windows Movie Maker is a free software program that allows you to combine still images, videos, narration and music to make a story. You can also add effects, transitions and titles/credits. Movie Maker is free to download and fairly easy to use. The downside is that you can only use Movie Maker with Windows. It also tends to crash, so it is important to tell your students to save their work frequently. If your students are using Movie Maker in the computer lab, they will need a memory stick to save their work on. If you want to share your students’ digital stories on Movie Maker, you have to upload it to Youtube.
Here are the instructions on how to create a Youtube account and how to upload videos to Youtube.
Creating a Youtube account
- Go to www.youtube.com and click on “Create an account”
- Enter all the information that is requested so that you can sign up (Your current email address, Choose a password etc…) .
- Then continue on to, “Get started with YouTube” and type in the information that is requested.
- Click on “I accept. Create my account.”
Uploading Videos to Youtube
- Go to http://www.youtube.com and at the top of the homepage there will be a link that says “upload”. Click it.
- You will see a yellow rectangle that says “Upload Video”. Click that and not the other option that says “Record from webcam”.
- It will take you to your files on your computer. Find the file that your Photo story is located in.
- Click on your Photo Story and press “Open”.
- Once you have clicked open, the Photo Story will automatically start uploading to Youtube. This may take anywhere from 1 minute to 15 minutes depending on your computer, so be patient.
- While it’s uploading you can edit the “Video information and privacy settings”. There, you can choose your title, add a description if you’d like, etc…
- For the Privacy options, I suggest choosing “unlisted”, which means that only people with the link can see your video.
- Once you’re done with the basic editing, press “save changes”.
- Your video might take a few minutes to process, but once it is done, Youtube will let you know, and you will be able to see the video on the page.