WeVideo

Common Sense Media says

Cloud-based video-creation site makes collaborating easy.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids will enjoy feeling like they're in control of their video's appearance, and they will be proud of the polished end result.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Similar to many video-sharing sites, WeVideo will automatically share your videos online unless you make sure to set them to private. 

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • writing
  • following directions
  • presenting to others

Social Studies

  • events
  • geography

Arts

  • film

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • collecting data
  • strategy

Creativity

  • producing new content

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • writing
  • following directions
  • presenting to others

Social Studies

  • events
  • geography

Arts

  • film

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • collecting data
  • strategy

Creativity

  • producing new content

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

WeVideo is a great place for kids to explore video creation in a simple and easy manner. They can learn basic through advanced video-editing skills here, gathering information, photos, and clips from online sources or their own work. Whether kids are sharing a personal story or reporting on historical events, the site's tips will help them visualize information and create clean presentations.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Use your online library of family photos to put together a video card for relatives. Let kids choose the pictures and write the captions.

  • Talk about how adjusting a video's themes affects it. How do colors and textures change a film's feeling?

Website details

Genre:Creating
Topics:Arts and dance
Price:Free to $199/year
Pricing structure:Free, Free to Try, Paid

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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