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More Sophisticated Presentation Options:

(Take the time to play with each of these...each has its own unique benefit...Decide the purpose of students organizing information and select the BEST presentation option)

Microsoft Movie Maker:
Windows Movie Maker is a feature of Windows Vista and is found in Microsoft Office programs on all computers at Foreman. This tool enables you to create movies and slide shows on your computer, complete with professional-looking titles, transitions, effects, music, and even narration. And when you’re ready, you can use Windows Movie Maker to publish your movie and share it with your class. It synthesizes multiple modes of information delivery and moves you and you class beyond the static feel of PowerPoint.

  • Getting Started with Windows Movie Maker. Instructional guide created by Microsoft. Step-by-step instructions for the creation of multimedia presentations using Microsoft Movie Maker. Follow order of links at site to walk you through the process.


NOTE: This system does much of what what you can create in Movie Maker. Some advantages are (a) much easier to use; (b) p recreated video style templates; (c) easy to save to a single location.

Animoto is much used and highly recommended by CPS librarians.

Product Description: Animoto is a proprietary video creation service (online and mobile) that makes it easy and fun for anyone to create and share extraordinary videos using their own pictures, video clips, words and music.

Simply upload your pictures and video clips, choose your style, add words and music, and click the "produce video" button. Then, Animoto’s cinematic technology does its magic and in minutes brings it all to life with a beautifully orchestrated production you can share with class..

You will be inundated with a host of subscription options but Animoto claims educators can sign-up for free and unlimited Animoto-Plus service.

  • Animoto for educators. Includes links to service sign-up, description of product, and examples of finished projects.

  • Choose a Style connects you to the different style options available from Animoto. You can get a feel for how the product works.

Google Prezi
(Ms. Licea turned the library onto this presentation tool.)
This tool is ideal for presentations that illustrate change over time or relational connections.

According to the Company:

"One of the greatest innovations in education was the blackboard. For the first time in history, teachers could present their lessons visually and engage students to participate in the conversation. The whiteboard has done the same for business—helping us to explore and share ideas more effectively. Prezi is a virtual whiteboard that transforms presentations from monologues into conversations: enabling people to see, understand, and remember ideas."

Librarian Comments about Prezi​:
  • In essence this tool is a PowerPoint constructed on a single slide.
  • VERY easy to manipulate for students and teachers.
  • Presentations using Prezi are possibly more engaging than the ubiquitous PowerPoint.
  • Can import images from saved files or directly from Google.
  • Can import sound files.
  • Easy to change presentation themes and colors.
  • The free version allows users to store up to 100 MB of data.
  • All you need to sign-up is an email address and a personal password you can remember...can start creating immediately after you join.

Click the links below to access and use Prezi:

  1. Presi home page.
  2. Presi for educators page.
  3. Explore examples of Prezis.
  4. Getting started with Prezi...connects you to pricing page...Select the free version and continues sign-up process.

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