Thursday, September 22, 2011

We Video - Collaborative Online Video Editor

For the last two months since my favorite online video editing service JayCut got bought out by Blackberry, I've been looking for a new online video editing service that is equally robust. I think I have found that in We Video.

We Video is a collaborative online video creation tool. In the video editor you can upload your own media clips or use stock media clips to produce your video. The video editor provides tools for trimming the length of display and or sound of each element you add to your video project. What makes We Video collaborative is that you can invite other people to create and edit with you. We Video offers four different user plans. The free plan allows you to upload your videos to YouTube and Vimeo but does not allow local downloads.

Applications for Education
I've only spent about thirty minutes with We Video so far but I already know enough about it to know that I want to have my students using it in a couple of weeks when they start a video creation project about early sectional differences in US History. My students have netbooks which do not have a good video editing tool installed on them. We Video will allow them to develop their videos online and with a partner.

Because I will be introducing We Video to my students, I'll be writing up detailed directions on how to use it soon. I wiil be sure to post those directions here on Free Technology for Teachers too.

Vimeo Music Store - Find Free Music for Your Videos

I always encourage people to use their own music creations in the videos they produce, but I recognize that that is not always possible or practical. My next recommendation then is to use Creative Commons licensed music (here are seven good sources). This morning through Pitchanan Gaysornmas I learned about another good place to search for and find Creative Commons music, the Vimeo Music Store.

The Vimeo Music Store offers more than 45,000 music tracks. Not all of the tracks are free or Creative Commons licensed, but roughly one-third or more of them are. In the Vimeo Music Store you can search for music by genre, license type, price, and length.

Applications for Education
The next time your students are developing multimedia projects for your class, have them take a look through the Vimeo Music Store to see if they can find a tune to enhance the message of their productions.

Beautiful Teenage Brains

The cover story on this month's issue of National Geographic is all about the brains of teenagers. As usual the National Geographic website has a couple of complementary resources to support the article. On the website you'll find a photo gallery and a video that attempts to portray through images the various aspects of the emotions of teenage brains. The feature that is probably most applicable to a high school classroom is the risk taker quiz.

Applications for Education
Are You a Risk Taker? is a seven question quiz that is designed to measure how risk averse you are. I'm not sure how scientific the quiz really is, but it could be a nice little conversation starter in an introductory psychology or sociology class.