Review by Polly Conway, Common Sense Education | Updated August 2013

WeVideo

Solid editing site makes video creation simple and social

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity

Subjects
  • Arts
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
4-12
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Teachers say (21 Reviews)
3

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Pros: Fun filters and fancy fonts will keep kids experimenting with presentation style as well as putting together information.

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

Bottom Line: With three levels of tools and an easy-to-use interface, kids should have no trouble creating content here.

You can assign short WeVideo projects for students to create during class time; asking them to put together a report on a U.S. president or cell division is the perfect WeVideo task. Students can also collaborate with each other on videos, with one or more students working from home (if the technology is available). To prepare students for working together on a video, you could ask them to form small groups and present a subject or tell a story together.

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

After you sign up, WeVideo will ask you about your video-editing experience; it will then recommend one of its three editing modes: Storyboard, Timeline, and Advanced Timeline. Storyboard is best for beginners, but you can switch between modes using the Settings wheel in the upper right-hand corner. Timeline allows you to add extra features like custom fonts and effects. You can upload images or video clips and put them togther with voice-over or text. Themes lets you put a stylish filter over the entire video, while the Invite feature makes it possible to grant others access and editing capabilities.

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Students can learn basic through advanced video-editing skills here; to create content, they'll gather information, photos, and clips from online sources or from their own work. They'll learn to visualize information and organize their stories -- from personal tales to reports on historical events -- into impressive presentations. 

WeVideo makes it easy to create professional-looking videos quickly. The themes are really fun to experiment with, and students will enjoy changing their video's tone with the different filters. Users have the option to upload media directly from other websites like Flickr or Dropbox, or from their own computer. There could be a more intuitive way to get help (it's currently located on a separate page that's hard to find), but overall, WeVideo is a solid editing program whose focus on collaboration sets it apart.

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Overall Rating
3

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
4

Once you get started, the video-making process is very engaging, and kids will be drawn to fun extras like filters and fonts. The simple design highlights video content and allows it to shine. 

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
3

By collecting data and organizing information, kids will learn skills they can transfer to future projects in school and beyond. By collaborating, they will learn social skills and how to work together.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
3

Tips are given along the way, but the main FAQ list is located on a separate page that's slightly hard to find. Data can be kept private within the account or can be shared.


Common Sense Reviewer
Polly Conway Classroom teacher

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Tara H. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Gretna Middle School
Gretna, NE
4
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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