Movie Maker 2012 Updates to 3 TechnoKids Projects

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UPDATE 3/21/2018: These projects have been favorites for many years. Unfortunately, they are no longer available. To find other TechnoKids projects view the Project Matrix or visit the TechnoKids website.

Great news! TechnoCommercial and TechnoDrama have been updated for the latest version of the popular video editing program, Movie Maker. The improved projects include new sample movies to inspire your students. In addition, they include instructions for using the many new program features.

Movie Maker 2012 is even better than its predecessor Movie Maker Live. It supports:

Narrative stream

You can now record narration while watching your video playback. Then you can save the audio file and add it as a separate sound track. You can also add audio such as sound effects to the narration track.

New file sharing options

Right from the Home tab, you can publish your movie to a variety of popular social networking sites: YouTube, OneDrive, Facebook, Vimeo, and Flickr.

New animation and transitions

The animation and transitions galleries have been further extended. There are a number of fun, creative, and attention grabbing choices to enhance your project.

Increased export options

When saving the movie, there are a myriad of options. Whether you are saving for email, phone, tablet, computer, or the web, a broad list of possibilities is available. For example, some of the tablet options are: Android, iPad, or Windows. The settings are then automatically optimized for the device.

Updated TechnoKids Projects

TechnoKids’ projects based on Movie Maker have been upgraded to make use of the new features. These projects can be completed with basic equipment: webcams, tablets, smartphones, or digital cameras. Even a combination of these devices can be used to complete each project.


TechnoCommercialTechnoCommercial integrates technology with media literacy. Middle school students examine marketing techniques, such as target audience, implied messages, and stereotyping. Afterwards, they form collaborative groups to plan a storyboard and then record footage to advertise a product. Individually, students edit the shots using Movie Maker to create a short, unique commercial.


TechnoDramaDigital storytelling is the focus of TechnoDrama. Students choose a fairy tale, put a modern twist on it, and create a short video. Learning objectives for this project include cooperative group work, creative thinking skills, and video editing. Using Movie Maker, junior level students – Grades 3 to 6 – can easily learn video production techniques to create a fun, engaging movie.

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Christa Love

Christa Love, Curriculum Developer & Teacher ~ I am passionate about blending technology into curriculum. Whether it is programming, video production, graphic design, or digital citizenship, I am interested in how apps and tools can be used to enhance learning. Throughout the years I have designed many TechnoKids technology projects. My favorite part of curriculum development is field-testing the ideas to determine the activities that work best in real classrooms. I write about what I have learned that can save teachers time in their own curriculum planning.

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