Time travel and beyond: Transforming the classroom with video

WeVideo encourages storytelling, gives students a voice in project-based learning
By: | Issue: October, 2019 | Case Study
September 30, 2019

When Rhona McFadyen’s eighth-grade students study an event from U.S. history, they are virtually right there.

“Students use a green screen and put themselves in the Constitutional Convention,” says McFadyen, whose students use WeVideo, a cloud-based video creation platform, to demonstrate their understanding of historical figures or events.

“It pushes them to think about history in a different way and show it visually,” says McFadyen, who teaches at Dartmouth Middle School in San Jose, California. “That stretches them a lot, in a good way.”

Google integration

WeVideo works seamlessly with G Suite, making adoption quick and easy, especially for schools with
1-to-1 classrooms, like Dartmouth Middle School.

“When students use WeVideo on their Chromebooks, their learning is changed,” says Amanda Jamieson, who also teaches eighth-grade U.S. History at Dartmouth Middle School. “They are taking what they know about a moment in time, but instead of showing us in a traditional way, like on a test, assignment or writing task, they are bringing it to life through video and visuals and storytelling.”

‘Simple and easy’

The Google integration benefits students and teachers alike, Jamieson adds.

“I like using WeVideo with Chromebooks because we can have students do an entire project on one device,” Jamieson says. “They can film and edit from the same device that they all have, which makes things really easy for us. It’s simple and easy to figure out.”

“Now, every student is on a level playing field, and has the capability to use WeVideo and be amazing.”

The technology prepares students for the future as it promotes student autonomy, problem-solving, collaboration, critical thinking and storytelling, says Principal Randy Martino.

“The most valuable skill that students learn in using WeVideo on their Chromebooks and throughout the whole editing process is problem-solving,” says Jamieson. “They can figure it out on their own with the online tutorials. And in doing so, they learn not only about the editing and filmmaking process, but also about working with others and tackling problems, and figuring out how to do things they didn’t know how to do before.”

Education equity

At Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Connecticut, Karen Seltenreich’s English students simply upload scripts and video outlines using Google Classroom, so she can provide immediate feedback right in their documents. Later, students present their videos to the class.

“Now, every student is on a level playing field, and has the capability to use WeVideo and be amazing,’’ Seltenreich says. “What I really like is that they are able to use their own voices as well. It doesn’t just have to come from outside sources.”

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