Note: WeVideo asks for student emails when they sign up, and they do send an email when a video is finished and uploaded, so we don't recommend this app smash project for students under the age of 13.
While you can export your storyboards as a GIF, sometimes you want to make a video. A video adds an important element for many different subjects: Narration. Having an easy way to add context and narration to their storyboards makes it easy for students to create final projects, practice speaking a new language, or give a presentation without needing to stand up in front of their peers - something that's perfect for online classes. We also thought it would be really cool for students to create research projects with storyboards and make a short video lesson to teach their classmates about the subject of their project.
WeVideo has a ton of options for students who want to incorporate video into their project. It's easy to take advantage of their video library to supplement the great storyboards that each student created, making it another perfect opportunity for app smashing fun. Also, have you ever wanted to put yourself in your own storyboards? Spoiler alert: you can!
So, what can you do with your storyboards?
The first step is to create a storyboard. This will likely come after selecting a topic and researching. Depending on the type of project, students will probably want to use our image pack download option, which downloads a .zip folder where each cell of the storyboard is a separate image file. If the student is opting for a green screen style project, the larger poster-sized layouts will work wonderfully, and those can be downloaded as high resolution images once they're completed.
If you want students to work collaboratively on a video, sort them into groups in your account and then create a collaborative project that is assigned to that group. There's also the option to create the project as 'shared', which will let students view each other's work, and makes it easy for you to see all the projects at once when they're done. Otherwise, the students will be working on their own videos and you can view them by user.
Simply click "New Edit" (and a template if you'd like) and get started! You're immediately in the video editor, and while there's a few fun things you can do, we're going to start with uploading media—our storyboard—to the project.
We're going to do an informational video on mummification in Ancient Egypt, so any storyboards we create or images we download from Photos from Class can be uploaded very quickly. This is also where you'll want to upload any audio or video that's been pre-recorded, including those fun green screen clips!
WeVideo functions similarly to the Storyboard Creator in that the content is drag and drop. Students can add stock video, uploaded content, titles, music, transitions, frames, and backgrounds. This is where things can get even more fun!
Titles are important, and students can choose to make the title card as one of their cells on Storyboard That or use one of the dynamic titles on WeVideo. They're customizable, from the font to the color, so no need to worry about finding the perfect fit just based on previews alone.
When adding storyboards and other media to the video itself, the video editor helps guide the placement of the file. This way, students can line up the beginning of songs or filters with images or video without having to fiddle too much with placement. When it comes to their storyboard images, they can adjust how long each of those images stays on screen, which is especially great if they have narration or dialogue! Images can even be resized if students want to zoom in or out of the image.
Adding your own audio is done in the same tab that you add your storyboards, and it will be recorded ahead of time. Depending on the type of project, audio can be handled in two different ways. Because there's a way to adjust the volume of a track, students can adjust any background music so it doesn't overpower their voices.
A really cool feature of WeVideo is the extra graphics, like backgrounds, overlays, and frames. We found these could add some extra pop to clips with a storyboard cell. In order to achieve this effect, the backgrounds must be in the Video 1 slot, while the storyboard will be in the Video 2 slot. It's layered, so what's on top will be what's seen.
Students can combine larger format storyboards or their regular traditional or 16:9 cells with video to put themselves into the worlds and stories they created. For this project, you'll need to set up a space in your classroom where you can hang a bright green curtain or sheet. Students can record each other with phones, tablets, or digital cameras, and that video can be uploaded to WeVideo. Using the technique noted earlier about layering video, students can put themselves over their storyboards!
By double clicking the video of them in front of a green screen, they'll have the option to "key" or "mask" out the bright green with easy-to-adjust sliders.
Once done, click "Finish Project" and give it a title. Students will be given the opportunity to rename their project, pick a thumbnail, choose which resolution to export in, and can save the video to their Google Drive!
Even after they've "finished" a project, students can go back and edit in case they got feedback from a classmate or came across some new information they wanted to share. Note: Students WILL receive an email when the video is finished processing, as WeVideo asks for student emails upon signing up.
Videos can be presented right from the dashboard. And you can view their process and completed videos from either your admin settings or through the project.
App smashing with video is a great way to incorporate visual learning and presentations with modern media. Since storyboarding is often the start of great movies and television shows, make it a part of a larger project in your classroom! Students will have a lot of fun creating the beginning of their stories and projects with Storyboard That and taking it to another level with WeVideo.
Curious about other ways you can use Storyboard That as part of your app smashing? Check out our app smashing overview article for more ideas!