Movies and Digital Stories
    All programs listed below are installed on all HHS computers (under "Start" --> "Programs" --> "Productivity") and are free downloads to install and use at home. The websites require a membership to access, and features may be limited depending on the account type you select.
    Check with your teacher for file-type and length requirements! Also, be sure to keep both your working/project file and finished (published) project file, as your teacher may request both versions!

    Mini-Documentary Software/Web Tools

    Windows Movie Maker (MM) --  Similar to PS, except the panning option is limited and it's geared more towards editing videos. You can add captions, transitions, effects, and a soundtrack. Try using it to edit and combine videos from PS and Animoto (below).


    Animoto -- Make a free 30 second video with pics you upload, text you enter, and music you choose. The site does the editing and mixing, creating a file you can link or download. With a basic account, you can't download it.

    • Check with your teacher or Mr. Robey (Rm. 315) if this is an option you like to see there's an "Educator's Account" you can use, which lets you make a longer video you can download.
    iMovie -- Gotta Mac? Then you should have this program. Lets you do everything the PC ones above do and then some.
    • So you have it, plan to use it, but don't know how? Here's a guide that'll take you from uploading pics and videos to applying the "Ken Burns Effect" to saving it as a movie file that'll play on a PC.
    Trouble getting started? Check out "Multimedia with MS Photo Story and Moviemaker" for projects ideas, tips organize your thoughts, and to see samples of each.
    Visual Presentation Creators


    PowerPoint -- Yup, it'll make a digital story, too.

    • Here's some tips on how to use it to create more than just a slideshow. And here's another site with more suggestions.
    • Need help creating a basic Power Point? Try our Power Point Tipsheet for ways to get started.
    • Want different templates or have a question we haven't answered here? Try Microsoft's PowerPoint site for additional help and resources.
    Prezi -- This website creates a presentation that allows you to zoom, fly, and flip around information you post on the page. May take longer to create than a powerpoint.
    • Allows uploads of pictures, inserting links and video clips, and creating outline "slides" similar to a PowerPoint.
    • Doesn't create a downloadable file, but will give you a link to share your project. Just create the project on the website-- do not use the "Prezi Desktop" downloadable program.  Your final project should just be a web link to your presentation!
    • Requires you to set-up an account.
    • Tutorials are available from their site at http://prezi.com/learn/


    Glogster -- Check with your teacher before you use this, as it creates a "digital poster," not a video project
    • Requires you to set up an account with an email address
    • Does let you insert YouTube clips, pictures, text boxes, and clip art
    • Built-in backgrounds, icons, and templates
    • You will not have a file to download, rather a link to send to your teacher. Check with them before using this to make sure it meets their requirements and you know how to get them the link!



    Audacity -- Creates an MP3 file, which can be used in any of the above projects as narration.
    • Requires a microphone. If you need one, stop by 400. We have ones you can use in the lab or check out overnight.
    • Basic directions can be found on this Tipsheet. Be sure to follow the directions to save your file as an MP3!

    Free Sounds/Music Sites

    Movies and Pictures
    Citing Your Sources


    Everything you've ever wanted to know about Copyright, "Fair Use," and using electronic sources, from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

    Check with your teacher to see how they want you to cite your digital project. Be sure to take notes as you collect your multimedia files-- it'll be easier to cite when done if you remember where it came from!

    Putting Your Project into Your Teacher's Inbox
    1. Right-click on your project and select "Copy."
    2. Navigate to your teacher's Inbox.
    3. Right-click on the Inbox folder and click "Paste." (You won't be able to see that your file is there.)
    4. You can't see your own file in your teacher's Inbox, so make sure you've copied and pasted it there. Check with your teacher if you're unsure.