Extracurricular

Exploring WeVideo

Last night I decided to explore WeVideoWeVideo is a site dedicated to making movie making very easy.  This site was mentioned during our ECMP355 class and I thought I’d give it a shot just to see how easy it really was. I was going into the whole experience fairly skeptical as I’ve had problems with making videos before on site that are “user friendly”.

I searched out the site on my laptop and signed up for an account. Sounds fairly easy right? Well then I realized that none of my videos or pictures were on my laptop. I had them all on my phone and realized, “it’s going to take forever to email all these things to myself so I can create a video on my laptop.” Well…. not to worry. There’s actually an iPhone app for WeVideo. I simply downloaded the free app on my phone and uploaded all my videos and pictures that I wanted to use through that. (This saved me a load of time).

Anyway, I then went back onto my laptop and signed back onto the site and BAM! my photos and videos were all there. I watched the short tutorial video and played around with it a bit. This is what I ended up with:

Even though it’s my first ever video, I think it turned out well. I know my children love seeing themselves as the feature actor and actress.

I would strongly encourage anybody new to movie making to try this site out. I’m a newbie making this type of video, so anybody can make this type of video. I think that this would be a great resource for students in middle to upper years to make video documentaries or projects with. It doesn’t take extensive movie making knowledge to operate.

I personally think that I will use this as a teacher to make a video of the year in review and send it to all the students and their families. It would be a nice little memento of their time in my class.

So my questions for you are:

1. Have you used this site to create a video? (because you should check it out)

2. What ways can you see this being a great resource for school? (or anything else)

 

The Olympic Spirit

My children and I had the most wonderful day today out at the Wapiti Valley Ski Resort. Not only was the weather great but the Saskatchewan Winter Games were going on so we got to see a few races and the medal presentations in the afternoon. There was a great turn out for the events and the presentations and to see the expressions on the faces of these young athletes was wonderful. You could tell that they truly enjoy the sport and are great advocates of it. The younger children in attendance were inspired by these young people. They all cheered and applauded after each winner was announced and were all quite happy when it was all said and done. Some of the athletes even had the opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch from the 2014 Olympics. How cool is that?
I’d have to say that I’m quite proud of my younger cousin who competed in these events over the past 3 days and I am thrilled that she got to experience the excitement of it all. New frienships, the sport you love, and a chance to achieve your personal best. What better way to spend your February break?
I’d like to send out a great big CONGRATULATIONS to the athletes! Keep shooting for the stars.
Winter games