Teaching Movies

How To Use Movies In Teaching

There are many ways to use movies to enhance your instruction. Many teachers are accustomed to buying or signing out videos that fit with the content they are teaching their students. However, fewer are aware of the possibility of creating their own videos. Self made videos are guaranteed to fit your own precise requirements and so are a perfect fit with what you are teaching and the message you want to delivert. With the advent of the digital camera (many of which now have the capability of recording video), many teachers can begin to get creative and create their own movies. These movies can be shown to the class via the computer, and they can be added to a PowerPoint presentation, or even posted on a web page. There are many possibilities. First you need to learn about the different formats that you will find these movies files in and how you go about adding them to such programs as Microsoft PowerPoint and FrontPage.

MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group)

This format is commonly found on the Internet for playing movie files. Many digital cameras will save the movie file in this format. You will see a .mpg for the extension of this file.

MOV (Moving Pictures Experts Group)

This format was also created by Apple Inc. to view movie files. It is a file in Quick Time format.

QT (Quick Time)

This format was developed by Apple, Inc. which it was initially created for the Macintosh computers. It can now be played on Windows machines

AVI (Audio Video Interleave)

This format was developed by Microsoft.

Adding a Movie In PowerPoint

If you want to add a movie to a PowerPoint presentation, follow these steps:

  • Go to Insert on the menu bar and point to Movies and Sounds and click on Movie from File.
  • The Insert Movie dialog box will open and you need to point to the location of your movie file.
  • To insert it, double click on the appropriate file or click once and click on OK.
  • A dialog box will open asking if you want your movie to play automatically. Click yes if you want it to be automatic or click no if you want to control when the movie plays in the presentation by clicking on it.
  • The movie will be inserted onto your slide.

Adding Movies In FrontPage

You can add short video clips to your web page. Video can help communicate something better than text or images, but obviously the size of the file can be an issue. The bigger the file size, the longer the viewer has to wait for the video to load. You can add movie files that are saved in such formats as avi, mov, and mpg. To add movie files to your page follow these steps:

  • Go to Insert on the menu bar and choose picture and click on video.
  • Point to your AVI file and double click on it.
  • The avi file will appear as a black box in page view. To see the video you need to preview the page.

You can set up specifications for the movie. To do this follow these steps:

  • Right click on the video and choose picture properties.
  • If you want the video to start playing as the page opens put a check in the on file open box. If you want it to start as you move the mouse over it, put a check in the box that says on mouse over.
  • If you want the visitor to be able to control the video by using button controls then put a check in the box that says show controls in browser.
  • You can also choose how many times you want the clip to loop or you can choose to have it play forever.
  • Click OK after you make your choices.