Video creation and digital storytelling boost student creativity, engagement

WeVideo makes it easier for teachers to adopt video creation and grows with students' skills

Q&A with Krishna Menon, CEO, WeVideo

Why are video creation and digital storytelling important tools in K-12?
Collaborative video creation and digital storytelling encourage student creativity and increase engagement. Using digital storytelling makes the learning experience more inclusive, playful and motivating, while creating digital stories provides an alternative way for those who struggle with writing traditional text to express what they have learned.

Video creation also supports project-based learning by promoting student voice and choice, providing opportunities to reflect on learning, and enabling feedback and revisions for improvement. Video creation aids STEM learning by providing a platform to ask questions, promoting planning and communication, enabling the creation of ideas and concepts, and offering channels for feedback and improvement.

How can educators use media literacy to develop core skills, such as problem-solving, communication, critical thinking and teamwork?
Through media literacy, educators can use video creation projects to develop these core skills. Video creation enables digital- and video-native learners to demonstrate learning by creatively connecting content and providing additional outlets to share their learning. Video creation also opens up a variety of collaborative models, such as teacher initiation of video projects and screening of student-created videos with feedback and reflection from the entire class.

How can schools integrate video creation into classroom workflows?
Video creation promotes deeper learning experiences for students of all ages and in all subjects. It can be used for activities such as book reports, video blogs, digital citizenship and history projects.

“Video creation enables digital- and video-native learners to demonstrate learning by creatively connecting content and providing additional outlets to share their learning.”

Video creation-based lesson plans enable teachers to adopt video creation activities that align with the curriculum goals. Video creation can also be used to enhance text-based projects and demonstrate classroom competency.

How has WeVideo’s versatility allowed educators to seamlessly adapt their curricula as students progress through school?
WeVideo is an adaptive user experience and supports multiple modes to cater to different skill sets. This results in an inclusive classroom where students can select a mode that is most appropriate for their own skills. Students can equally edit videos, create podcasts, use green screens, and make voiceover and webcam recordings across every grade level and subject. As students progress through higher grades, the platform evolves with their video creation skills, making it easier for teachers to adopt video creation. Also, the launch of a new version later this year will simplify adopting lesson ideas and creating and managing assignments.

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