The new version of the online video editing software WeVideo allows for use in 8 new languages, one of them Japanese.
The folks over at WeVideo have been hard at work. I signed up for their premium membership, with the ability to work with 50 students, through their academic license. I think I am paying $50 a year, but there is a new higher education pilot program going on now, so apply now. I have found the service to be well worth it.I teach video podcasting (intro slides) as part of an English course at the University of Tokyo. In the lab, I used to show the students how to use MovieMaker, and it was a tedious process to get all the video, audio, and image files together. We were always afraid of losing content on the machines between classes, and group work was hard to coordinate. These problems were all alleviated with WeVideo. Students can share both inside and outside class seamlessly.
A student can create an account and link to the teacher and other group members for collaboration. Think of it as Google Drive for Video. In fact, they have worked closely with Google Drive to make cloud storage either at WeVideo or as part of your drive. Sharing is the key here. I have one group member upload sound files, recordings and sound effects. Another student uploads video clips, and a third student uploads graphics and pictures. The fourth (poor guy) has to put it all together. Most editors rallied, though. The finished products usually end up at LanguageJapan.com where students rate each other as part of their grade.
Now with WeVideo in Japanese, that lowers another barrier, and makes it easier to spend more time on the content rather than the production. It keeps getting easier and easier. They also have a mobile versions for Android and iOS.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to get your students creating collaborative online video projects in the classroom?