Video Editing in Reading
This might have been the hardest part for these middle school students; they didn't want to hear their own voices. :) They filmed their video with the camera app on the iPad and uploaded the video(s) into their Google Drive using the iPad app. We also used a cheap tripod and iPad holder to ensure the video wasn't shaky.
Students edited their videos using WeVideo, an online video editing program for which our district has purchased licenses. Students were able to remove the green screen and choose a background of their choice from the program (it has over 1,000,000 assets!). Students also edited out unwanted footage and added titles and music. The filming and editing took a little over an hour with our small group of fix students.
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A Message From the Teacher:
Novel Studies are included in the curriculum that I use; therefore, my vision for the project was for my students to re-create scenes in their assigned novel. The project would involve my students summarizing important scenes in the novels and writing scripts for the characters. I encouraged my students to be creative, while preserving the integrity of the overarching main message of the scene.
Mrs. Dabney did an excellent job of preparing my students to use the WeVideo application. She taught them vocabulary specific to the application that can also be used with other types of technologies as well as how to edit their final projects. One of my 8th grade students was so impressed with this technology that he asked Mrs. Dabney how he could use this application for a project in one of his core content classes.
Overall, I was very impressed with how the projects turned out. My students enjoyed the project and I will definitely ask Mrs. Dabney to come back to my class again for future WeVideo projects.