Previously I mentioned that the 4th grade students were creating poems and I helped the illustrate their creations using Google Draw (Poems + Google Draw). We are really advocating that students create their own work form the combination of words to the combination of shapes and designs.
Haiku, Limericks, Adverbs, Cinquains, Rhyming Pattern, Sound Collector, Adjective, Acrostic, and Bio poems are all part of the collection. Nine to twelve poems later the students are ready to make a video recording their voices to share on Poetry Day with their families.
The students are going to create a title slide for the collection and then a title slide for each poem stating the poem name and poem type. This means there could be between 10-25 slides.
I was again asked how to simplify the steps for the students. Ideally Google Slides would allow audio/voice-over to be added but sadly not yet. The teachers were advised to use Screencastify but immediately there are issues to consider. First was that 9 years-old cannot record 10-25 slides in one sitting. Second was that it records the entire screen and you cannot crop down to just the section you want. The students started the project and they were quickly frustrated with their mistakes and inability to fix them.
I tried a few options and decided WeVideo was the way to go.
The school has an educational account so we need to create a group, set the teacher as lead and then add the students. As the admin of WeVideo for our school I did these steps for the teacher. While I was working with the teacher I did the following to ensure we were good to go. I logged onto WeVideo as the Admin and quickly added a group. Then over to the Members section to get a registration link to share with the students. I asked the teacher to do it first and once they joined I set them as lead. They then provide the link to their students. The benefit of the teacher being made the lead is that they can see the work the students are doing. They can check progress, listen to the audio files for volume and clarity, check transitions, etc…
A few things before you move on. Ensure both boxes are checked so you do not have to approve each user. Also adding them to a group helps you manage them better. Clicking on the group name appends the URL with the unique group code so make sure you click the correct group.
Share the link with your class. Students who have never created an account will follow JOIN WITH A NEW ACCOUNT link and connect via Google.
by entering your school details (emails and password).
Answer the questions and review the Tutorial if you like.
Seems like this would take a long time but it only takes minutes.
Now that you are logged into WeVideo you can create your masterpiece!
Check out the steps to guide students for this particular project, WeVideo + Poems.
Here is an incomplete sample that I created to show the students.