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WeVideo

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WeVideo is a cloud based video editing tool with a simple interface and advanced possibilities!

With robust editing tools, transitions, motion effects, green screen, voice-over abilities, free soundtrack library and more, WeVideo is an ideal video storytelling tool for LPS students on Chromebooks. Teachers will find the screencasting & recording tools address many of their needs as well.

Support

LPS Staff Development
LPS Computing Services offers staff development sessions aimed at getting you up and running. Check the list for upcoming sessions. You can also submit an LPS Help Ticket about WeVideo at any time.

Video Tutorials
WeVideo Academy offers you the option of learning how to create videos through tutorials, lessons and tips from their team of experts.

Educator Resources
WeVideo offers an Educator Resource page for teachers. It includes tips & video tutorials on features commonly used with students and ideas for integrating video into lessons.

Questions, Answered
The WeVideo Support Center should answer just about any question you can have about using their tool, and offers a contact form where you can submit questions.

Log In

You will find WeVideo listed in The Portal. However, when you click on it you will be taken to VRSpot first. This is unusual, but as designed. To sign into WeVideo you must click the WeVideo link in the top toolbar of your VRSpot page.

Key Features for LPS

Technical Requirements & Considerations

Device - WeVideo should work well on all LPS student Chromebooks, as well as the MacBook Air computers that our teachers and computer labs have.

Internet speed - WeVideo is a cloud based tool, so it requires a snappy & stable Internet connection. This should not be a problem in our LPS buildings but if you find yourself working from home, please keep internet provider speeds in mind when uploading large video clips or multiple assets at once.

Web Browser - Google Chrome will provide the optimal experience with WeVideo. Firefox also works well. Safari & Internet Explorer 10+ are supported.

Supported file types - WeVideo supports over 500 types of file formats for your videos, images, audio clips, songs and music. View the full list.

Mobile devices - The WeVideo editor does not work on your phone or tablet’s browser. To create and edit videos on your mobile device, download the WeVideo app for iOS (iPhone, iPad) or Android.

WebGL Error?

If you try to open a WeVideo editor and see an error indicating "Your browser does not support WebGL" (or a similar statement) follow these simple steps to enable WebGL on your device.

  1. Open Chrome's settings/preferences
  2. Click the + Show advanced settings button
  3. In the System section, ensure the Use hardware acceleration when available checkbox is checked
  4. Relaunch Chrome for the change to take effect

More information...

Connect to LPS Google Drive

WeVideo is able to connect to your LPS Google Drive so that you can easily pull resources from that location, or you can save videos to Drive when you complete them. To create the connection between your WeVideo & Google Drive accounts:

  1. Click the UPLOAD button in the top-right corner of WeVideo
  2. At the bottom of the Upload pop-up window that appears, click the Google Drive icon under "Import from social sites:"
  3. In the Google pop-up window that appears, select your user account
  4. In the LPS pop-up window that appears, enter your LPS credentials
  5. The next pop-up window is Google informing you that WeVideo is requesting to see the files in your Google Drive. Click the "Allow" button.

You should not have to repeat these steps after the initial connection.

Storyboard vs. Timeline

WeVideo offers you two editing modes:

  • Storyboard mode is great for beginners or when you want to create a video in just a few minutes. 
  • Timeline Mode is great if you want a few more options and more control to your editing experience.

Learn more about both modes, and how to choose the mode you want to use.

Screencasting

Screen Recording enables you to record a video of your entire computer screen or just a single desktop window. Any actions that you take on the screen (scrolling, clicking, etc) are recorded. Once you finish recording you can save the recording as a video, and use it within WeVideo.

Learn how to get started with screen recordings.

Please note that Google Chrome web browser is required for screen recording. 

Green Screen

Color Keying (also known as green screen) is a special effect technique used to remove a single color from your video. The color removed is usually the background of a video recorded in front of an evenly lit green screen (like the weather forecaster at your local news station). LPS Media Services has provided green screens to every school. Talk to your building's Librarian for more information.

Learn more about using the Color Keying tools in WeVideo.

Sharing to Google Classroom

WeVideo allows for the sharing of FINISHED videos to Google Classroom with a click of a button. You will see a Google Classroom button on every finished video screen. For instructions, visit this resource.

Voiceover a Slide Deck

One of the most requested features of Google Slides is the ability to narrate/voiceover a slide deck. While Google Slides do not have that capability, WeVideo can offer the service! Simply download your Google Slides as a PDF and load the PDF into WeVideo. WeVideo will break the PDF into the individual slides again, and they can be brought into a project where the student can record their voice right along with the images.

For step-by-step instructions, start here.

Publish (Finish)

When you are done editing a video, you have to "Finish" the video to be able to view it elsewhere. This process "flattens" and "exports" the video from your editor to your list of finished videos. The time it takes to export depends on many variables. However, it does NOT depend on the kind of computer you are using. Be patient. WeVideo will email you when your video is ready. You do not need to keep the editor window/tab open for the export to finish. You can log out and walk away from your computer and let the export finish. Please do not re-export if the process taking a long time. This only adds to the queue and causes a longer export time for others.

For more instructions on finishing a video, refer to this support page.

iPad App

WeVideo is proud to offer an easy-to-use yet sophisticated award-winning video editor for iPad.

To sign into your LPS account, click the GOOGLE sign-in option (a red G) on the initial app screen. Use your @class.lps.org email account, and it will redirect you to the LPS single sign-on screen you would expect to see when logging into any LPS tool online.

To sign out of the WeVideo iPad app, open the left menu. Open the "Account Info" screen and look for the "Sign Out" link in the top-right corner.

NOTE: Projects started in the online tool cannot be edited from the iPad, nor vice-versa.

 

Using WeVideo with Students

WeVideo has a set of project management tools that are available to LPS teachers who want to create groups, assign projects, collect finished videos, and more. To learn more about the project management tools in WeVideo, we suggest that you sign up for an upcoming LPS staff development workshop that goes over this process. Look for a session titled "WeVideo with Students."

Written by cpultz

December 20th, 2016 at 11:51 am

Video in Google Drive

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Google Drive allows you to upload and share ANY type of file, including video. Google lifted storage quotas in 2014, which means you have unlimited storage in LPS GOOG. This makes it a very attractive way to store videos.

Upload a video in LPS GOOG
  1. Login to LPS GOOG
  2. Drag-Drop your video file from your desktop to your Drive window.

When double-clicked, the video should play in a nice full-screen video player.

Now that the video file is in Drive, you can share it like any other Google Doc. How nice is that? If you know how to share a Google Doc, you already know how to share a video!

Sharing a video in LPS GOOG
  1. Double-click on the video in your Drive to open it
  2. Click the sharing icon GoogleDriveSHARE in the black menu bar at the top of the window.
  3. Complete the sharing options as desired, exactly the same way you would for any Google Doc, Sheet, Slide, etc.
When to use GOOG Drive for Video Sharing

Google Drive offers a known environment with easy sharing to LPS students & staff and has a nice video player window. However, it is not right for every situation. There are some things to consider…

  • Cannot share content outside of LPS
  • The user will get the same file no matter what their situation is. Your video file may be too large for a student to download on a home network or a mobile device.
  • Not all video file types will play on all devices.

Drive is not a “video solution”, it is a collaborative file management tool. If you have a need for video content management (playlists) or need to guarantee that a file will play on mobile devices, you might consider MyVRSpot (accessible through the LPS Portal).

Written by cpultz

August 4th, 2015 at 3:12 pm

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YouTube in LPS

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Your LPS G Suite login offers access to many of Google’s communication & collaboration applications such as Google Drive & Docs. It also provides you access to YouTube, a Google owned video content sharing site that allows users to view, upload, organize, edit and share video content.

Most of LPS G Suite can be thought of as a small “walled garden” in which LPS users can only interact with other LPS users. However, YouTube exists outside that “walled garden.” Since LPS is a tiny drop of water in a vast OCEAN of video content, access to YouTube is provisioned for differently than the other G Suite applications. It is possible for LPS staff to login to and upload videos to YouTube, but a combination of filtering policies and privacy rules ultimately determines who has access.

In short, YouTube is filtered (blocked) for students in LPS buildings and outside of LPS buildings on LPS-owned student devices. However, teachers have options for making teacher-vetted, content appropriate YouTube videos available for their students. Learn more about how to use LMS Pages and MyVRSpot for this purpose in the tabs below.

LMS Pages

LMS pages allows teachers to create web page content right within the Synergy platform. In addition to adding gradebook reports, text fields, images, and links to important resources, teachers can also make YouTube and Vimeo videos available to students.

General training resources for LMS pages can be found in the TeacherVUE Elementary and Secondary Resources sections on the Student Learning & Instructional Management.

 

How to do it:

  1. Copy the video’s URL (web address) from the address bar.
  2. Log into Synergy.
  3. Choose LMS Pages under the Grade Book tab.
  4. Click “Editing off” to enable editing. screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-2-13-10-pm
  5. Insert a “Video/Image and Text” Panel.screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-3-35-56-pm
  6. Click the “Embed Media from External Site” button. screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-2-39-12-pm
  7. Paste YouTube video URL – Make sure to click Ok after changing settings.
  8. Click “Save/Add to Page”  screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-3-56-34-pm

Important notes:

  • Videos embedded into LMS Pages will NOT have a direct link to the video (to send out via tools like Classroom).
  • You can add more than one embedded video to the same panel.

 

When might I use LMS Pages to share online videos?

  • Content needs to be easily accessed over a long period of time (unit/class)
  • Uploading multiple videos to accessed in order, like a playlist
  • Students and/or parents need access to the video

 

MyVRSpot

MyVRSpot is a Video Management Solution for hosting and sharing user-created media (videos, images, audio files, documents, and more) within LPS. The system allows for uploading, hosting, sharing, and archiving of all media content. MyVRSpot is easily accessed through the LPS Portal (keyword: Portal).

 

How to do it:

  1. Copy the video’s URL (web address) from the address bar.
  2. Log into MyVRSpot (via the Portal)
  3. Click “Upload” and select “Upload YouTube or Vimeo Link”
  4. Paste YouTube video URL and click “Upload”
  5. Enter relevant information (Title, Thumbnail, Tags, etc.)
  6. Change media permission to “Public”
  7. Click “Update”
  8. The video will be added to your media library
  9. Click on the video embed link
  10. Copy/paste link into email, Google Classroom, etc…

 

Important notes

  • Bookmarks can be created to start videos at desired marks
  • Folders can be created within MyVRSpot for easy sharing between teachers in different buildings

When might I use MyVRSpot to share online videos?

  • A direct link to the video is needed
  • Students/Teachers need some discussion around the video

Written by cpultz

February 24th, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Creating a Photo Gallery with WordPress and an iPad

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The following video uses an iPad, but the iPhone/iPod Touch app is nearly identical. The WordPress app also exists for Android but it works a little different.

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November 20th, 2013 at 9:06 am

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Staff Lists for School Web Sites

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For as long as we’ve had school websites, one of the toughest tasks each year has been to maintain the staff list. It’s never just been a matter of making sure that the names of positions were up to date — but usually also included keeping links to staff members’ websites and other online resources up to date.

For the past few years we have offered an embeddable staff list which uses district data to keep these lists up to date, then provides individual staff members a way to update details of their listing including their preferred name, position and links to web resources.

The automated system isn’t perfect as the staff whose primary location is a particular school isn’t always the same as who that location considers to be that staff due to itinerant staff, staff on leave and other factors. In addition to this, while our system can display school photos once they have been taken and entered into the system, it uses ID badge photos when those are not available which are typically not very nice photos.

The following 20 minute-ish video walks through the staff list system and discusses some of its features and issues.

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August 24th, 2013 at 7:30 am

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Using the Link Widget

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The link widget is a great way to give folks easy access to related and important resources from nearly any page of your WordPress web site.

Written by Brian Fitzgerald

March 3rd, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Editing the WordPress Sidebar

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Most WordPress sites come with a large section on the right side of the page for small bits of information to be shown using “Widgets”. If you’ve been frustrated with this section and wanted to know how to get rid of the default “Categories” and “Archives” widgets, how to add your own widgets or even how to get rid of the sidebar altogether, these videos are for you! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Brian Fitzgerald

November 11th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

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Placing Tables into WordPress Posts and Pages

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I get asked a lot about placing tables into WordPress. I’m obligated to first say that tables are intended for tabular data that you wish to display in your site such as a directory or anything that would feel at home in a spreadsheet. Tables are not intended to be used as a layout tool and can cause a lot of problems for folks that are using assistive devices such as screen readers to consume your information. I would strongly encourage that if you are simply looking for a way to put some text and images on your page that you stick to simple paragraphs in tandem with left or right aligned images.

That being said, here is a two part video detailing the use of tables in WordPress at LPS

Written by Brian Fitzgerald

March 11th, 2010 at 12:20 pm

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Using video on your wordpress site

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Uploading video into your wordpress site can seem trickier than it should be. One of the biggest reasons for this is that the audio or video format that you saved to is incompatible with the flash video player in WordPress. This video demonstrates how to re-encode your videos easily to a format that will work and then upload them for use in your wordpress site.

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December 18th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

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