Movie Maker as an Instructional Tool Unit 3


Target Goals:

After this unit you should be able to:

  • Create a lesson utilizing Movie Maker technology
  • Develope scaffolding methods for your movie maker lesson
  • Design a rubric to evalute desired learning

Planning Lessons That Utilize Technology

As with any lesson, planning is key. When using technology as a key component of instructional design planning becomes even more important. The technolgy being used must be reliable and easliy acessable. It is important to conisder everything that could go wrong during while in the planning period. Software like Movie Maker is fairly reliable. But you must also consider secondary technologies that must be available for your student to have success. There a few questions to ask before you plan this type of lesson. Are the computers available? Will the students have internet access? How and/or where will your students present their finished products? Once you have determined if the resources are available it is time to state your learning objectives for the lesson


Note, All lessons should be designed with standards and objectives as the primary goal of achievment. The task should always be secondary to the skills and/or knowledge to be gained. Therefore the use of technology will not be the primary objective to be met. For example, If you were assigning your students a Movie Maker project about a famous Renaissance artist your objectives would look something like this:

The students will be able to:

  • identify the major works of Leonardo Da Vinci
  • use technology to explain the techniques used by Leonardo Da Vinci
  • create a movie that analyzes the influence of Leonard Da Vinci on later artists

Achieving Desired Learning/Scaffolding:

It is important to provide you students with scaffolding and clear instructions. Students need specific guidlines that provide them with direction so that they are able to achieve the learning standards that you outlined. When planning lessons that use technology it is very easy for students to get lost in the technological aspect while ignoring the content. For these types of lessons I like to use Project-Based-Learning checklists or a checklist rubric. These types of checklists allow your students to keep on track and on pace. The parameters of the project should be clearly defined and your tasks should reflect your stated learning and/or performace objectives.

You can see a sample of a PBL checklist or Checklist Rubric the link below


The link below is a good resource for making PBL checklists

PBL Checklist Generator

Authentic Assesments

Using Assessment Rubrics

Rubrics are authentic assessment tools that provied teachers a method to evaluate the level of student performance. Rubrics use scoring guides to evaluate a student's performance based on a range of criteria. A rubric is a tool that guides the performance of both students and teachers. Rubrics can be developed by both teacher and student so that students are taking ownership of there own learning and evaluating. Rubrics measure student performance across a range of given criteria.

Click the Link Below for an Example of a Assessment Rubric

File:Rubric doc.pdf

Assessing students with Rubrics

Rubris are tools that break down the objectives and performance measures into various levels of criteria. Using a rubric, a teacher is able to evaluate how students are performing. Students are able to use rubrics to make both self and peer assessments.

Benefits of Using Rubrics:

  • Easy to use and explain
  • Makes expectations clear and concise
  • Improve student performance by clearly showing the student how their work will be evaluated and what is expected.
  • provide students with guidelines and help them keep on task
  • Students are able to self assess and peer assess
  • helps the teacher clarify objective and the criteria durig the planning period
  • provides useful feedback for both student and teacher

The link below will take you to Rubistar, an excellect rubric making resource Rubistar Rubric Maker

The End

Thats it, you have successfully completed the Movie Make mini lesson. Now its time for some reflection. At this point you should be able to:

  • Explain how utilizing technologies like movie maker can engage students and increase achievment
  • Create movies using Movie Maker
  • Develope technoligically based lessons that meet content objectives
  • Provide students with the neccessary scaffolding and assessment rubrics to facilitate technologically drive PBL


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