Our Five Favorite Video Editing Softwares for Schools

by | Mar 21, 2017 | Apple, Presentation Tools

If you’ve used any social media app in the last year, you will have noticed that posting video is becoming more and more popular. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has even said that he, “wouldn’t be surprised if you fast-forward five years and most of the content that people see on Facebook and are sharing on a day-to-day basis is video.” There are over 300 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute. Even more surprising is the fact that five billion videos are watched on YouTube every single day.

Since video has become and is becoming a bigger part of our students’ lives, we should be emphasizing good digital citizenship and fostering better film techniques and ideas. We’ve talked to many teachers who want to integrate video into the classroom, but they don’t know where to begin and what software to use.  We are here to break down the five best tools that you can start using in your classroom today.

iMovie for iOS

– This tool is great because you can film, edit, and export all from the same device.  This is especially useful with younger kids who are just learning the basics.  It’s portable, easy to navigate, and very intuitive. The nice thing about iMovie is that it’s free with any Apple device you buy these days. Here is a course to get you started: iMovie for iOS Course

WeVideo

– There aren’t many options if you are using Chromebooks in your class because most editing software needs to be downloaded to your actual device. WeVideo doesn’t need to be downloaded because it is a cloud-based editing software that allows you to store your footage and all of your edits in the cloud.  That means students can work on their projects from any computer as long as it is connected to the internet. WeVideo has a free option, but if you want to use it to its full capacity, you will have to opt for the paid version. Check out how to use WeVideo here: WeVideo Course

YouTube

– A lot of people are unaware of the fact that Youtube is not only a place to upload and share videos, but it also has a nifty little video editor that helps you perform basic edits on your own personal videos.  There isn’t a ton of functionality, but you can make simple edits, add music and titles, as well as apply filters. Another nice feature is that they will allow you to add and edit videos on YouTube that have been made available for the general public to use. That means if you don’t have a camera, you can still have students learn about editing by using video that is already available. Get started with YouTube in your classroom: YouTube Course

Animoto

– Animoto is another web-based editor that allows you to simply drag and drop pictures and video into a project and then their software puts it all together in a professional looking video.  This is a great way to put together a slideshow or quick commercial. You can also add your own music, or you can choose from hundreds of options they have made available to you. This isn’t your typical editor, but it’s slick and super easy to use. There is a cost associated with the premium version, but they do have a free trial you can use, and they occasionally offer classroom discounts if you apply online. See how to start using this in your classroom: Animoto Course

iMovie for Mac

– This is a beefier version than the iOS software, which allows you to do cooler things with your projects, including green screen effects. Younger students may need to practice with this for awhile before they get the hang of it, but older students will be able to catch on quickly and be able to make some pretty fantastic videos. This is another free app that Apple has made available to newer Apple products so it won’t cost you or the school a dime. Learn how to make beautiful videos here: iMovie for Mac Course

For the more advanced users, we would recommend using Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro. In the end, the software doesn’t matter. The main purpose behind teaching students video editing is to get them to stop being merely consumers of video and have them start being creators. If you want to learn how to use any of this software, a good place to start is by checking out some of our courses.

Do you want to learn how to use these and other cool tools in the classroom?