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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that WeVideo is a video-editing and -sharing site that kids can use to create school projects or fun film experiments. For younger kids, parents will definitely want to set it to the easiest mode, Storyboard, but more experienced kids can move on to the next level, Timeline, and add more advanced features to their videos.
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What's it about?
WEVIDEO is a video-creation site that allows you to create, edit, and share video content in one place. It's cloud-based, which means multiple people can collaborate and work on the same video from different locations.
After you sign up, WeVideo will ask about your video-editing experience. It then will recommend one of its three editing modes: Storyboard, Timeline, and Advanced Timeline. Storyboard is best for beginners, but you can switch among modes using the Settings wheel in the upper-right-hand corner. Timeline allows you to add extra features such as custom fonts and effects. You can upload images or video clips and put them together with voice-over or text. The Themes section lets you put a stylish filter over the whole video, and the Invite feature allows you to give others access and permission to edit. The WeVideo Academy is a YouTube-based series of step-by-step videos, and there's an option to use it in a classroom setting.
Is it any good?
This site makes it fairly easy to quickly create a professional-looking video. The themes are fun to play with, and kids will get a kick out of changing their video's tone with a retro filter. You can upload media directly from other websites, such as Flickr or Dropbox, or from your own computer, making it easy to source content. Finding help could be more intuitive (it's currently on a separate page that's hard to locate), but overall WeVideo is a solid editing program, and its focus on collaboration sets it apart.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, presenting to others, writing
Social Studies: events, geography
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, strategy
Creativity: producing new content
Communication: conveying messages effectively
Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
- Genre: Creating
- Topics: Arts and Dance
- Price: Free to $199/year
- Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid, Free
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