Earlier this month WeVideo announced that they are providing integration with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. What does this mean?
Users can link these files from their Google Drive to WeVideo projects.
Once the files are linked to a project, users can access them from both the Projects tab as well as directly inside the WeVideo editor. These Google files can be edited directly from within the WeVideo interface and the changes are automatically saved back to Google Drive.
WeVideo will respect the privacy settings set in Google Drive, so if a project member does not have access to the file in Google Drive then they will not have access in WeVideo either. Project members can request access to a file from within the WeVideo interface.
For more information, please check out this post from the WeVideo Blog.
Get detailed step-by-step directions on how to setup Linked Resources from Google Drive by referring to this WeVideo Support Article.
Ever since I started using the quiz feature in Google Forms to conduct assessments I have been on the lookout for high-quality videos like these. I will insert them into the “Add feedback” panel of a Form question so that students can use them to help “brush up” on the material and as a study tool if a re-assessment is needed.
One of the benefits of having an education account with WeVideo is the ability to easily share finished videos directly to Google Classroom.
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.
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.
NOTE: 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.
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.
For the purposes of this post, I will cover directions for connecting your WeVideo account to Google Drive.
Connecting to Google Drive
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.
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 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.
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.
For Educators, when prompted continue to provide the following information…
Select your role
Grade level(s) taught [optional]
Click the green Next button to continue
Enter school name if asked, or…
Enter Location and Region information (this is to help match the appropriate assistance team to you in case you need assistance)
Click the green Submit button to finish
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.
As the summer break comes to an end and educators begin preparations for the return of students (and with some already in session), now seems like a good time to chat about the benefits that Google Classroom can have on your class. Google has been hard at work during the summer hiatus listening to the feedback they’ve received from educators like you and have introduced significant improvements to the app. We will spend the next weeks going over these changes, some of which are very, very cool!
To begin, Google has announced a new resource for educators called #FirstDayofClassroom, which has a little something for everyone.
If you’re new to Classroom, then check out “The Basics” with YouTube videos that cover setting up your class, adding students, assigning work, and grading assignments inside of Classroom.
If you’ve tried Classroom before and are looking for the next steps, then check out the “Teacher’s Lounge” with videos on tips, tricks, and best practices from fellow educators.
Do you prefer documents over videos that you can print out and have in-hand at a moment’s notice? Then scroll down to the “Handy Guides” section.
Does your learning style thrive when you can join live training sessions? Then join one of Google’s #FirstDayofClassroom events on August 15th, 22nd, 29th, and September 5th or 12th. Navigate to the Google for Education events calendar to join the event that works best for you and your schedule.
If you or someone you know is new to Google Classroom then this site is definitely bookmark-worthy. If you are familiar with Classroom or perhaps even a veteran, then check back often for news and updates as additional resources and support materials are in the works.
Having students create greeting cards has always been a staple of many holidays and a great way for them to learn how to empathize with others. Now, thanks to the work of Eric Curts over at the Control Alt Archive blog, anyone can create a greeting card using his templates and the Google Drawing app. Eric provides both written directions and a video tutorial to walk you through how to build a greeting card, format it, and successfully print out the final product. Let the creativity commence!
Recently Google Docs added a speech-to-text option as part of the toolbox. The speech recognition that has been built into Docs has shown to be rather robust, especially for a tool that is a free add-on built-in to the app. Now, Google has expanded their Voice Typing tool by arming it with an array of voice commands to help you format/edit your text without ever having to touch your keyboard or trackpad/mouse.
For example, when you are dictating to your Google Doc you can use voice commands to select a word, a line, or the entire document. You can change the font of a word to bold or assign a heading style to a word or phrase. You can even start a bulleted list with your voice. A full list of Google’s voice commands can be found on their Google Docs Support Site or by clicking here. Please note that at this time voice commands are available in English only.
To see Google’s voice commands in action, check out this screencast video from The Gooru.
Of all the Google Apps that are at our disposal, the most common member of their family is the web-based email application ‘Gmail.’ Google has jam-packed their email application with tools to help you easily organize, filter, and be more efficient with your digital mail and contacts. The hard part is learning what these tools are, where they are located, and how to activate them.
The YouTube video below, produced by AnsonAlex.com, does a pretty good job of introducing you to Gmail and several of its basic features. Because it is a screencast tutorial, you get to see what Anson is doing in his Gmail window as he speaks. Additionally, because you are watching a video you can pause, rewind, and playback any part of the tutorial as many times as you need while you explore your own Gmail account settings and available tools.
Email has become an intricate part of both our professional and personal correspondences, and it is to our benefit to learn how to manage this data easily and efficiently.