Documentaries with WeVideo
When Denise Wright wanted to keep her 10th grade English students engaged in meaningful learning right up to the last day of school, she decided to have them create documentary videos about environmental issues using their phones, Chromebooks, and the WeVideo editor. They started by choosing issues and writing position papers, citing sources and gathering evidence to support their claims. Then they created storyboards to convert their position papers into an outline of a video, and finally it was time to shoot and edit their videos. The project concluded with an in-class film fest on the last day of school, allowing students to view each others' videos and vote on 'People's Choice' awards.
Why did Denise invest the extra time and energy into a project that could have ended with a traditional position paper? Was it worth it? What would she do differently next time? Find out by watching the short video (created in WeVideo!) below.
Below is a example of a student-created video from this class project, hosted in the WeVideo Gallery for our school district account. Student videos are kept private until published in the Gallery, which allows you to share the link with others.
We have over 400 WeVideo Premium licenses available for use by students in the 2015-2016 school year. WeVideo is the leading video editor that students can use to create videos on Chromebooks. Students can work individually or work on the same project in collaborative groups, as they did in Denise's class. Email me if you would like to access our Premium WeVideo account and get support with a project like this in your classroom!
Here's a 1-minute introduction to WeVideo