This week we were assigned to use a new technology tool to help us document our progress in our learning project. Since my project is learning a new language, I knew a video would be the best option for me to show my Italian skills. I had never edited a video before this week, so I was a little nervous to try it out for the first time. I knew I needed to find an app that would be easy to navigate in order for me to be successful. After searching through the list of technology tools that are available, I decided to use Windows Movie Editor because it seemed like a very user friendly app. It was very easy to download and required no membership to use the software, which is a bonus!
When you first enter the site, this is the main page that pops up. In order to get to the 'Video Editing' section, you need to click the 'Video Editor' on the top task bar. I really enjoyed how this app automatically uploaded all of my photos and sorted them by date.
After getting to the 'Video Editor' section in the app, I uploaded my video to the app. I did this by clicking the 'Add' button under project library.
After adding my video, I was a little lost on what the next step would be. I knew my best option to learn was to watch a video online. I started searching Google to see if there were any video tutorials and I found one right away. I watched the short video "Video Editing in Microsoft Photos | Tiles and Text" that was uploaded to Youtube by Windows. After watching the video, everything seemed pretty straight forward and I was able to get started. I needed to start splitting my video up into separate frames in order to edit each frame individually. I did this by check marking the box on the frame I wanted to edit and then clicking 'split' on the storyboard tool bar.
Once you click 'Split', it will bring you to a page that isolates the frame you check marked.
In this window, you are able to play around with where you would like the first frame to end and the second one to begin. Once you have decided where the first frame will end, you click done and it will split the frame into two. This part of my editing took me a long time to do, even though my video was only three minutes. I had a lot of areas in the video that needed to be split in order for the editing to be done properly.
Once I had split all of my frames up the way I wanted, I started going into each frame and adding text. I was able to accomplish this by, again, clicking the frame I wanted to edit and then clicking 'Text' in the storyboard tool bar.
Once text is clicked, a window will pop up with the frame you chose.
With the 'Text' tool, you can add text to the frame you chose and you can choose when it pops up in the video. There were quite a few cool fonts and animations to work with, but it's important to use ones that fit your video.
Once I edited everything I wanted to, I watched the video in full to ensure everything was completed and flowed together. I noticed that something was missing when watching the video but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Of course! There was no background music in the video. I noticed that there was a 'Background Music' tab at the top of the page.
I clicked it and voila! There was a huge list of background music to choose from!
I found a tune called 'Happy Beat' that fit right in with my video and decided that would be the best one to use for the background.
The video was now complete! I clicked the 'Finish Video' button at the top right hand corner of the screen.
I was able to export the video right to my laptop!
After using this tool for my project, I know this would be a great tool for the classroom. It would be great to make instructional videos if students are working on a hands on craft/project. I know personally I am able to follow along better when I am able to play and pause instructions. I also think this would be a really great tool if the teacher is planning a game with the children, an interactive pause and play game could be created with this tool. With the ideas I have come up with, they would fall into the Modification category of the SAMR model as Windows Movie Editor allows for educators to redesign tasks at hand. Educators would be able to use this app to modify lesson plans and create a more interactive environment.
Overall, Windows Movie Editor was very user friendly and it was easy to navigate around after watching a short tutorial. I know my video could be more smooth, but hey, it was my first go at editing a video and I think it went pretty well. This will definitely be a tool I will utilize within the classroom and I would highly recommend it to all future and present educators!