Monday, 16 September 2013
Google Chromebooks and the WeVideo app
Last year I evaluated Chromebooks and the impact on learning http://helenselearningjourney.blogspot.co.nz/2012/12/chromebooksgoogleappsoffice-365.html
I have had the privilege of having a Samsung Chromebook on loan for a couple of months now which I've put into classrooms to try out. We did a collaborative project around persuasive writing using WeVideo which is a Google Drive video editing app that allows you to record voice, upload photos, video, sounds etc. (Create, Connect App, WeVideo, then use by Create, WeVideo).
I tried out the 30 day trial collaborative Education version of WeVideo whereby users can collaborate on the same video at the same time. What was interesting was that I was on my MacBook Pro and other students were on the Samsung Chromebook. I had do download updates to Flash etc to get WeVideo to work on my MAC, however the Chromebook had no issues whatsoever. Very impressed!
Here's a a draft version of the video we created. Interestingly, you have to pay for the collaborative version of WeVideo ($200/year for 50 users), however you can just use the free version of WeVideo, which is a watered down version. Not as many transitions and effects. I am definitely sold on WeVideo as an effective and simple tool to use across the curriculum. I love how it ties in so nicely with Google Apps too.