WeVideo – DEN March Madness – Entry #14

This is the 13th of sixteen entries in the 2014 DEN March Madness Challenge. Explore these posts each day so you stay up to date of each entry in this year’s challenge. Read why this entry was nominated and how it can be used in the classroom. In addition, you’ll probably see an example of the tool in action.

ENTRY #14 – WeVideo

wevideologoWeVideo is our 14th entry in DEN March Madness. Steve Dembo, author of Untangling the Web, nominated this online video editing tool.  WeVideo is essentially iMovie or MovieMaker, but browser based.  You bring in your media, edit it, and publish it all online.  If you’re already making use of cloud storage, you can import directly into WeVideo via Google Drive, Dropbox, Box along with several other options.  Once your media is in their platform, you have access to all the traditional editing tools you’d expect.  Multiple layers of video/audio, transitions, Ken Burns effects for images, background music, themes and much more.  It’s an incredibly robust experience, without taking up any space on your hard drive!  

The best part about WeVideo is that it makes video editing incredibly simple and accessible to a variety of classroom environments.  Donna Teuber says, “With WeVideo, more than 30,000 educators and students in our school district will have access to create and edit videos for educational purposes. Our educators can easily monitor the progress of student video projects and students can access their projects from home or school without the need for any special software installed.”  It’s ideal for things like personal narratives, interviews, documentaries, digital storytelling and of course, flipping the classroom.  It takes a lot of the pain points away from doing video projects with students.

One of my favorite features of WeVideo is the ability to record directly into it.  Via the web app, students can use the computer microphone to narrate directly into their projects, or use the webcam to put themselves in their videos. But the one feature that everybody has been looking for is the ability to do green screening via the web…. and now WeVideo supports it!  You do need to have a premium account for this feature, but the ability to insert your students directly into things like Discovery Education videos makes for a pretty compelling case.  Using their mobile apps for iOS and Android, you can even record using phones or tablets and import the student videos directly into WeVideo projects.  Combine those with chromakey and you’ve got a pretty powerful digital storytelling kit at your disposal.

There are so many reasons to love WeVideo, but at the end of the day, one of the most compelling ones is that it consistently works even better than you’d expect.  It’s one of the most stable, well developed apps out there, and it’s always getting better.  Well worth checking out!

Stay tuned to the DEN Blogs as we continue to share the entries for this year’s DEN March Madness. If you have a favorite tool to use with Discovery Education content, let us know. What are some of the tools you use with Discovery Education content? What do you use to create, share, teach, curate, mashup, and learn with?

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