If you have Windows 7 then you can download Windows Live Movie Maker for free. It works in a different way to the previous version of Windows Movie maker and so the following should help show how to make use of this tool.
For information about Windows Live Move Maker and to download the software if you have Windows 7 then click here: http://explore.live.com/windows-live-movie-maker
For notes about the full features of Windows Live Movie Maker click here: http://www.moviemakerpreview.com/About.aspx
For tutorials on using Windows Live Movie Maker see below:
Step by step guide
Getting started with Windows Live Movie Maker
Add transitions, pan and zoom effects in Windows Live Movie maker
Adding titles, captions and credits in Windows Live Movie maker
Mark Brumley shared the steps to combining Powerpoint with Windows Live Movie Maker – where Powerpoint is used to create graphcially interesting slides, these are converted to images which are then imported into Windows Live Movie Maker – all explained here http://h30411.www3.hp.com/discussions/1012081
If you wish to use Windows Live Movie Maker to create a stop-motion animation then this video shows how to adjust the timing of each image:
http://moviemakerined.wikispaces.com/ Mark Wagner has created a wiki called Movie Maker in Education which has resources and ideas for using Windows Movie maker in an education setting. Although this is aimed at the previous version of Windows Movie Maker most links and ideas are still relevant and can be adapted.
The ACMI has produced a useful free online interactive storyboard creator which could be handy for pupils planning their film-making.
The Teaching Ideas site has a great collection of resources to support film-making and animation production in the classroom, including lesson plans, posters, display material and more.
“Lights, Camera, Engagement – three tools for creating classroom video” is a post by Ron Peck describing each of three processes which can help engage pupils in learning about their chosen topic through creating videos in different ways: one way is to use Animoto, another is to create a video in the style of Common Craft videos, and the third is to create a Choose-your-own-adventure style video. The process for each is clearly described, and there are helpful links to resources to support teachers.
Other Movie-Making Tools
MuveeCloud is a free online tool (with premium options) where you can upload images or video from multiple sources usch as direct upload or from photo or video sharing sites, and then edit and create a video which you can choose to share privately, embed in a website or blog, or upload to other sites such as YouTube.
WeVideo is a free online tool for creating videos (with premium additional features) where you can upload from computer or mobile devices, edit, and share via various options.
Animoto lets you upload images, video, and add transitions with provided music tracks to create impressive videos such as that created by Simon Haughton featuring every pupil in Parkfield School saying one word.
Ten Ways to create Videos without installing software is a post by Richard Byrne which describes ten tools which you can use to create videos online without the need for installation of software.
7 web-based tools for creating short video stories – free online tools which let users upload images, text and audio (whether narration or music) to create video slideshows. this post is by Richard Byrne.
Excellent Guides and Tutorials to help kids make engaging educational movies – a post by Med Kharbach providing links to resources about techniques for taking video, editing the created video, and sources for music and sound effects.