Review by Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Education | Updated April 2019

WeVideo

Solid cloud-based editing site makes video creation simple and social

Subjects & skills
Subjects
  • Arts

Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity
Grades This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
K–12
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Pros: Intuitive editing and creation features such as themes, fonts, and green screen options will keep students experimenting with presentation style.

Cons: Privacy can get convoluted with all the possible sharing options, and the full program is somewhat costly.

Bottom Line: With two levels of editing tools and an easy-to-use interface, students of all ages should have no trouble creating and editing their video content to demonstrate learning.

Start with the WeVideo Academy to orient yourself on how the program works and to access inspiration, tutorials, and lesson ideas. There's also a Resource Hub that includes lesson plans and project examples across all school subjects, and an Educator's Guide that walks you through the interface and shows how to use it for a few types of projects. For students new to video editing, having them watch a few of the Academy videos would be a great way to orient them. Then have them begin a short project, such as adding narration to a video, or dive in with something larger, such as a personal narrative, photo essay, or digital story.

You can assign short WeVideo projects for students to create during class time, or have them form small groups to collaborate on larger projects completed over a longer time period. Since everything is stored in the cloud, students can pick up where they left off in class when they're doing homework at home. Aim project assignments at your students' level. If they've never created video projects before, start by challenging them to learn just a couple of features of WeVideo. Those with more experience can focus on making a more professional or involved product.

The teacher dashboard area allows you to add users (students, teachers, and admins), assign users to groups, and see reporting and analytics for individuals. Teachers can also turn on or off sharing options for each user role, and set where users can gather media from.

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WeVideo is a video creation site (and Chrome and mobile app) that lets students create, edit, and share video content all in one place. It's cloud-based, which means that multiple people can collaborate on the same video from different locations, or students can work on it at school and finish it up for homework.

Depending on students' video editing skills, WeVideo has two editing modes: Storyboard and Timeline. Storyboard is best for beginners or younger students, but students can switch between modes if they change their mind later. Timeline allows students to add extra features like custom fonts and effects. They can upload images, video clips, and audio, and put them together with voice-over or text, or choose from the million licensed media options available within WeVideo. Additional features include green screen effects, screencasting, motion effects, exporting only audio to create a podcast, audio editing, and templates. Themes let students put a stylish filter over the entire video, while the Invite feature makes it possible to grant others access and editing capabilities. Students can edit transitions between pieces of media and put together a polished end product.

The WeVideo site uses JumpStart technology, which allows users to begin editing right away without waiting for their files to upload (which happens in the background). This helps keep things moving in the classroom, regardless of file size.

Students will learn video editing skills, from basic to advanced, with WeVideo. To create content, students express themselves through video, still images, audio, and their own personal style. Or, they can gather information, photos, and video and audio clips from online sources or the huge built-in library accessible from inside their account. Then during the editing phase, they'll learn how to turn these disparate raw materials into a finished product, ready for sharing. They'll learn to visualize information and organize their stories -- from personal tales to reports on historical events -- into impressive presentations, podcast episodes, or mini-movies.

WeVideo makes it easy to create professional-looking videos quickly. The themes are really fun to experiment with, the green screen option allows students to insert themselves into any scene or background, and students will enjoy changing their video's tone with the different filters. In addition to the built-in media library, kids have the option to upload media directly from other websites like Flickr or Dropbox, or from their own computer. Help is also easy to find, all accessible from a single button in the upper right corner of the editing screen. Overall, WeVideo is a solid editing program whose focus on collaboration sets it apart.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Once you get started, the video-making process is very engaging, and students will be drawn to fun extras like green screen options, filters, and fonts. The simple, intuitive design allows the video -- and the students -- to shine.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

By collecting and organizing media into a cohesive video project, students learn skills they can transfer to future school projects and beyond. While collaborating, students learn social skills and discover how to use individual strengths.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Help is at students' fingertips, with the help button right on the editing screen. Teachers have access to extra resources, including tutorials, inspiration, and lesson plan ideas. Data can be kept private within the account or can be shared.


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Tara H. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Gretna Middle School
Gretna, United States
A fun alternative to PowerPoint presentations.
One thing I really liked about WeVideo was that it allowed each student to work at his/her comfort level - or just beyond it. Some students had no experience with video editing, and they were able to use WeVideo to essentially make a narrated PowerPoint. Other students were more comfortable with the technology, and they imported videos and music into their presentations, which took their projects to the next level.
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