First, let me say, I am sorry this is so long.
I work at a middle school and I usually start with a project that is the same for everyone. This is like the tutorial phase. I show them how to edit a project (sometimes the project is an interview). We go over the interface for WeVideo and how the editing works. For many of my students, it is the first time they have seen a timeline editor. They can follow along with me to get an understanding of how things work. I realize this doesn’t answer you question, but I am getting there. Last trimester, I gave the students many concepts they could choose from as examples, but I told them they could come up with their own ideas. To my surprise, they all pickled something from the list.
I instructed them that the finished video should be between 30 seconds and 2:00 long. Some went over that, and that’s fine, I just wanted to give them an idea of what I expected.
I wanted a title screen. We went over how to make one in the tutorial.
I wanted credits, so if they were in groups, I wanted to see everyone’s name and their job.
Finally, I wanted to have the video captioned. This is important to me, but it is hard for the students. I think because the task isn’t much fun. It is easy if they have written out a script beforehand, which they should have. There are also some tricks to make it easier, like using voice to text. I prefer if they type it because I think the need the practice.
Project suggestions included;
Interview of a teacher, family member, or student. Write up questions, and get the answers.
Fake commercial or infomercial for either a real or fictional product. For example, we has Kool-Aid, and Flex tape that made outrageous and exaggerated claims.
Fake movie trailer. In this case it was for a movie that didn’t exist, but I have seen projects where students recreate a real movie trailer. They will even use the sound from the real trailer and then recreate all the visuals in Lego, or with costumes. This is very ambitious, and I don’t know that I would have my middle school students try it. What I like about the idea, is they know the scope of the project. The timing is structured to the sound. They know what the length will be and, it has already been pre-planed. It takes a lot of planning out of the project because they use the original trailer as a template.
How to video or tutorial. I had students show tips on making a half court basketball shot, but it can also include helpful math tips on how to solve problems, or gardening tips, Bike tricks, skateboard tricks. Anything the student is interest in and would like to show others how to do.
Some teachers have had their students make anti-drug PSAs, messages. or music videos.
One benefit WeVideo has is the ability to set up a project, and have a small groups of students assigned to that project. Then the media is shared to the projects and all of the students have access to it. One of the pain points for me with other editors is that if one students has the videos they recorded on their computer, no one else has access to it if the student is absent. So having all the recordings available to all the students in the project means the video can be broken up into different parts each student is responsible for. In a class setting, this allows for students to help each other, without one student doing all the work for the entire group. While the students can not be in the same edit at the same time, they can all be working on their own part at the same time, so they are all busy, for the most part. In the current “stay at home” situation we are in, it’s a little harder to manage, and while it is still possible to set up groups, individual projects might be easier.
I hope my suggestions helps you come up with a few of your own students can do at home. Maybe they can give a show-and-tell type of presentation of a collection or hobby they have. Maybe they could put on a little play or drama with their family members.
Good luck. let us know what happens, and if you have any questions.
I have had a lot of fun with WeVideo, and there is very little that I find I can’t do with it. I mean, I would like to be able to reverse video, or animate a spin, but I can use other online tools for that. If I want cool animated text, I can use Flamingtext.com and WeViedo supports animated transparent .gif files. Or I can use Panzoid for 3D animations, which is a whole other thing, and I don’t have the students use it, but it is nice to have if I want some kind of 3D animation, like a title.