So far in this series on Making Media with Remote Collaborators we have covered
Steps for Organizing a project with remote collaborators
Step 1 for Organizers - Build Community & Select Script
Step 2 & 3 for Organizers (Create Rehearsal Material and Setup Collection Process for Recording)
Step 4 for Organizers - Communicate with other Remote Collaborators
and now it's time to pull it all together into a Final Production (Performance) which include
Steps for the Video Producer and related collaborators
I like to use WeVideo for these steps for several reasons.
1) It is accessible and affordable
The fact that so many of our schools now provide a WeVideo EDU account to their students and staff in our state is a testimony to their commitment to Equity, UDL, and Creativity. School's made a big step towards digital equity when they moved to a one-to-one model providing one computer per student. The price of Chromebooks made this possible for many school districts. However, the Chromebook does not come with creativity tools that students who use laptops have access to. ALL students need access to video creation tools. So many schools have used $ on the savings from purchasing a Chromebook to add a WEVIDEO EDU license to the device, making it possible for ALL students to be able to create video projects and podcast projects ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!. That is definitely a sign towards Walking the Walk of Digital Equity.
Of course this also speaks to Universal Design for Learning - as students now have tools that can provide "Multiple Means of Expression" and "Multiple Means of Engagement"
And for those who only have access to the Free Version- you can upgrade your access to the Pro Version for a month to complete this step.
2) It is collaborative
The options for Project Collaboration has been part of WeVideo for a long time.
Breaking News: Collaboration with WeVideo just got even sweeter with the new REAL TIME COLLABORATION feature.
3) It's easy to learn
WeVideo Academy is filled with effective short tutorials that teach you what you need when you need it in the matter of minutes.
The Podd Brothers have a great 15 minute tutorial that walks you through creating a virtual choir video with WeVideo available on the free stuff section of their website. These steps can be used with most any collaborative video project.
Let's Walk through the Process of Producing the Video of your Readers Theater Project.
Of course - Log into www.WeVideo.com
(You can get started with a free account, but will need to upgrade to access certain features)
1. Click on PROJECTS.
If you are starting a new project, Select Create a New Project by hovering in the upper right hand corner.
Note: Important to do this BEFORE you start splitting and trimming the videos.
Crop as necessary using WeVideo's new Crop Video tool.
Double click on the video to get the following controls.
While in Google Slides -
Remove the border of each shape and fill it with a green to use the green screen effect in WeVideo.
5. Splitting and Sequencing the Actor's contributions
Zoom in and use the sound waves to make this easier.