I second Charlie's suggestion. Photostory is great for this kind of thing. And, the music that is included saves you from dealing with copyright permissions. It should work fine on netbooks, but the files will be large when saved in the "project" mode, and we have had some difficulty saving to the network, so you would need fairly large hard drives to save the projects. We usually suggest that kids have the pictures ready in one folder, their scripts written and practiced, and that they try to complete it in one sitting if possible.
I ran into a situation a couple of weeks ago where Photostory wouldn't work for us. We had a time crunch and kids (grade 1-2) were drawing their pictures at the same time I was recording the audio to go with them. So, we had to use Movie Maker to pull it all together, since you can't add the voice audio as a separate track - it is recorded live as you create the digital story. After I put it together in Movie Maker, I started to add music, but just didn't have time to mess with file types, so never did that part. It did appear to be easy enough to do - just needed to get this done before the teacher went out on maternity leave.
>>> Charlie Wilson 03/27/10 6:16 AM >>>
Photo Story for Windows is great for making movies using still photos with
music and or voice over, ( two tracks for audio). This is free software from
here for the download
On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 2:06 PM, Drew Blanchard wrote:
> I have a teacher who wants to create a few video projects using still
> images and voice over. We've considered Movie Maker and Voice Thread, but
> do these or any other (free and readily available) apps allow for multiple
> audio tracks? This is a middle school setting with access to netbooks
> running XP. There are *some macs available with iMovie '07, but this will
> create a real bottle neck. Suggestions?*
> Drew Blanchard
> Technology Teacher
> Winooski City Schools
> Normand St.
> Winooski, VT 05404
> (802) 655 - 3530 x6073
St George, VT
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