WeVideo & Chromebooks: Collaboration

In addition to having access to Google Classroom integration, another benefit of having an education account with WeVideo is the ability to create different project types that support different collaboration environments. A ‘Project’ is the workspace where a student collects all of the media components they need to build a video. For teachers, a Project is also where they can oversee their students as they work to construct their videos.

Creating a Project

  1. After logging in to your WeVideo account, across the Create project/folder button in WeVideotop of the page with be different menu options including Projects.
  2. Click on the Projects tab to show all the projects that have been created.
  3. To start a new Project, locate and hover over the circular “+” button in the bottom-right corner of the page. From here you can choose Create new project or New folder to store multiple projects in.

Project Types

When you choose Create new project there are three different project types to choose from:

PersonalWeVideo Personal project type

Personal projects are the traditional type of project, where students work independently on their video assignment collecting and building their own library of media resources.

CollaborativeWeVideo Collaborative project type

Collaborative projects allow students to work together on a video assignment. While only one student may edit a video at a time, multiple videos can be created within the project and worked on; sort of like breaking a video apart into separate Scenes or Acts to be edited separately and then combined into one final video later.

SharedWeVideo Shared project type

Shared projects are a blending of the first two project types. Students work on their own videos and cannot see or edit another student’s video. However, students can work from a shared library of images, video clips, and sound bites. This is helpful when the teacher wants to provide students with some starting materials or crowdsource the job of finding trusted, authentic, and/or copyright free media to include in their videos.

For Teachers

Below is an example of a Shared project I made for a professional development workshop. Each “student” worked on their own video and had access to a folder of shared media that I had compiled with examples of photos and video so that they could play and experiment with the green screen feature. As the “teacher” I could oversee the project and access each student video to give feedback, help troubleshoot, or just enjoy what they had created so far.

WeVideo Shared Project Example - list of student videos

For more information, please check out the WeVideo Support site which includes additional information and a video tutorial on how Projects work.


WeVideo & Chromebooks: Google Classroom Integration

One of the benefits of having an education account with WeVideo is the ability to easily share finished videos directly to Google Classroom.

Share to Google Classroom icon


As a teacher, you can select a finished video and create an assignment, ask a question, or make an announcement. You will have access to the full Google Classroom editor from this pop-up window allowing you to add directions, set a due date, add additional materials to the post, and so on.

Share to Classroom options for teachers

Classroom editor window for an Announcement Post


As a student, once they have selected a finished video and clicked on the Share to Classroom option, have them find their class and then select the appropriate assignment they would like to attach their video artifact to.

ADD tool inside of an assignment in Google ClassroomNOTE: This option will not work for assignments whose due date has passed. If a student finds themselves in this situation, I would recommend having them first verify that they have connected their Google Drive account to WeVideo (directions for this can be found here), then use the ADD tool inside of Google Classroom to attach it to the assignment.

For more information on using Google Classroom with WeVideo, please check out their support page and/or their video tutorial below.

WeVideo & Chromebooks: Connecting to Google Drive

In last weeks post I covered how to get started with WeVideo and setup your account. Once this is achieved, the next thing to do is connect your WeVideo account to a cloud storage service that you can send your finished videos to. WeVideo supports different video destinations depending on what type of account you have:

  • FREE accounts have more destination options but limits on video quality and automatically includes a watermark.
  • EDU accounts support fewer options but more choices on video quality and no watermark requirement. EDU accounts also come with Google Classroom integration, which I will cover in more detail next week.

Video destination options for free accounts        Video destination options for education accounts

For the purposes of this post, I will cover directions for connecting your WeVideo account to Google Drive.

Connecting to Google DriveWeVideo avatar menu with manage account option

  • Locate your avatar in the top-right corner of the window and from the drop-down menu select: Manage account.
  • Under Video destinations, locate the option for Google Drive then click the corresponding CONNECT button to set up.

Video destinations Google Drive option

  • Follow the directions to authentic your Google account and grant permissions to WeVideo to manage the files in your Google Drive.
  • If the Google Drive icon turns yellow, then you have successfully connected the two apps. This will allow WeVideo to export finished video projects directly to a WeVideo folder in your Drive, which can then be easily shared, added to an assignment in Google Classroom, etc.

WeVideo Connection to Google Drive confirmed

WeVideo folder in Google Drive


WeVideo & Chromebooks: Let’s Get This Party Started

WeVideo is proving to be the video production tool that may meet the needs of our students and teachers. In the past our school found itself in a 1-to-1 environment outfitted with various Apple devices from laptops to iPads with iMovie being our go-to tool. Now half of my students are using Chromebooks where iMovie can’t go, but WeVideo can and its compatible with both Apple’s OS and iOS platforms (i.e. it’s web-based for the laptops and they have an iPad app too). And, WeVideo supports sign-in with Google which works for us since we are a GSuite for Education district.

This is all well and good, but to truly know if WeVideo can cut it in today’s classroom I needed to get students and teachers into the app and see what it can do. So I put together a tutorial to help them get setup in the app and begin creating video content.

  • Use the following link to access the signup page: https://www.wevideo.com/sign-in
  • Select Log in with Google as your sign-in option.
  • Verify your Google account

Login options for WeVideo

  • When prompted…
    1. choose “School” for Where will you use WeVideo
    2. Select your identity: Student or Educator
    3. Choose your grade level: K-12 or Higher Education
    4. If you’re a student then click the green Submit button to finish. If you’re an educator then click the green Next button to continue.

Select type, role, and grade level

  • For Educators, when prompted continue to provide the following information…
    1. Select your role
    2. Subject(s) taught
    3. Grade level(s) taught [optional]
    4. Click the green Next button to continue

Choose role, subject, and grade level

  • When prompted…
    1. Enter school name if asked, or…
    2. Enter Location and Region information (this is to help match the appropriate assistance team to you in case you need assistance)
    3. Click the green Submit button to finish

Choose school, or choose location and region

And that’s it, you’re in! In future posts I will explore some of the features found in WeVideo. Some will be available to users on any account while others may be available only to subscription accounts, just to tease you a little bit.

EDU in 90 Video Series

youtube-512From Google for Education, EDU in 90 is a YouTube video series designed to help keep you informed and up-to-date with news and information relevant to educators, administrators, and others in the teaching and learning community. And, they crunch these updates into 90-second bite-size pieces. For more information you can subscribe to the Google for Education YouTube channel, and to make sure you don’t miss you regular dose of “Google for Education goodness” you can save EDU in 90 to your YouTube playlist library.

New Embed Options for Google Sites

Google_Sites_Insert_Menu-part1Those who have used Google Sites in the past know that the app was in dire need up an update and thankfully, Google recently did just that and delivered a whole new interface for the NEW Google Sites. Since going live, Google has been working to improve the app with tools that were supported in the old version as well as tools to support emerging website technologies. The next chapter in these upgrades has arrived via the Embed URL tool.

Embed URL’s

The Embed URL tool now supports the insertion of whole webpages as an iframe, as long as the website you are trying to include supports it.

  1. Embedded website screenshotIn the new Google Sites, under the INSERT tab click on the Embed URL tool to get started.
  2. Paste the link to the website you’d like to embed into your website into the box provided. If you see a preview of the website appear, then the site supports embedding.
  3. Click the ADD button to complete the process.

One way that I see myself taking advantage of this feature is to embed YouTube Playlists into a webpage, which the Insert > YouTube option does not currently support. If you have successfully embedded other types of content into a new Google Sites webpage then please share your story in the comments below.

For more information about embedding objects into the new Google Sites, please check out their GSuite Updates blog here.

Embed HTML & Javascript

The ability to embed HTML code and Javascript in the new Google Sites has been a much requested feature and now, it is finally here. This newest feature has been added to the ‘Embed’ tool from the Google Sites INSERT menu.

  1. Sites embed code window screenshotAfter clicking on the Embed URL tool a pop-up window with be displayed.
  2. The first tab is for embedding content by URL as stated above. Click on the second tab option to embed code.
  3. Paste your HTML or Javascript code into the box provided, then click the NEXT button.
  4. Sites embed code preview window screenshotSites will test the code and if successful will show a preview of your embedded widget. If you need to edit the code, click the pencil icon located in the center of the preview image.
  5. When finished, click the INSERT button to add it to your webpage.

For more information about embedding objects into the new Google Sites, please check out their GSuite Updates blog here.

The New Google Earth: Now on Apple iOS

Back in April of 2017 Google announced a brand new version of Google Earth that was completely web-based, opening up the application to be accessed from just about any device that could access the Internet. They quickly followed this up with support for mobiles devices running Android, and now the new Google Earth is available on iOS.

Working with students in a 1-to-1 Chromebook environment, this news was HUGE! I had already observed students using Google Maps from their devices and some didn’t see how Google Earth was any different. Then I showed them the I’m Feeling Lucky option (a role of the dice icon) and the mystery of where they would end next was all they needed.

Google Earth dice icon

For teachers, the new Voyager feature is like having a virtual field trip already pre-planned for you! With interactive stories grouped into categories like travel, nature, culture, history, and education there is a lot of potential for exploration. I liken the experience to participating in a Google Expeditions virtual reality field trip except that each student can explore the various modules at their own pace.

Google Earth iOS Voyager

For more information about Google Earth for Apple iOS, check out their post from their Keyword blog and their Resources and FAQ page.