Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is a fun and easy way to make movies for presentations, slideshows and much more. Windows Movie Maker is divided into three areas of viewing. There is an area for the storyboard and timeline, the panes of the movie or slideshow and the preview monitor.

As a future learning manager it would be great to use Windows Movie Maker with the students as it is an interactive way to learn different material. By using this tool, students are able to repeat what they learned in their own words and act out what they have learnt. Therefore by having such an interactive way of learning, students will be more likely to remember and understand the material. Windows Movie Maker has a lot of educational benefits but it also can add a sense of community to the classroom, with all students working together as team in order to create a movie.

Using such a technology in the classroom would fit well within the framework of the engagement theory. Kearsley, & Shneiderman (1999) discuss that within the engagement theory all student activities should involve active cognitive processes such as creating, problem-solving, reasoning, decision-making, and evaluation. Within a group context students would be able to use this tool in collaborative groups taking on different roles to complete the set task.

Kearsley & Shneiderman (1999) discuss further about how the engagement theory is based upon the idea of creating successful collaborative teams that work on ambitious projects that are meaningful to someone outside the classroom. They talk about three main components; relate-create-donate. These three areas are thought to be approached in learning situations by the following;

- occur in a group context (i.e., collaborative teams)
- are project-based
- have an outside (authentic) focus


Kearsley, G. & Schneiderman, B. (1999). Engagement Theory: A framework for technology based teaching and learning. Retrieved August 16th, 2009 from http://home.sprynet.com/-gkearsley/engage.htm

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