Whether it's a video book report, a historical skit, a poetry recitation, a fake commercial, a speech, or an art portfolio, student video projects can reinforce classroom learning and teach relevant skills. When students make videos, they learn to write a script and make a plan, to have camera presence, to represent themselves, and to summarize and tell stories. Students learn from making videos and from watching the videos that their peers make, doubling the learning they take away. A kinetic, creative activity, creating videos engage all types of learners.
Making videos is also a highly relevant life skill. Given the rise of smartphones, social apps, and internet culture, most students love making videos and will enjoy multimedia assignments. Even the least eager students have fun filming and editing videos to show off in class. Thanks to programs like Flipgrid and Kapwing, educational methods and applications are catching up to the surging student and educator interest in video projects.
But coordinating video assignments can be difficult, since many students don’t have access to editing software at home. If certain operating systems or devices are required, some students might not be able to contribute. Group video projects are especially hard because students must physically co-locate to work together outside of the classroom.
This week, Kapwing – an online image and video editor for classrooms – launched Collaborative Workspaces to solve this problem. Kapwing’s Collaborative Workspace simplifies school video projects and classroom sharing so that teachers and students can make multimedia together from anywhere. In this article, I’ll describe how educators and school leaders can use Kapwing’s Studio and Workspace to assign and review group video projects.
Studio 2.0: Real-Time Video Collaboration and Collaborative Workspaces
Software tools like Google Docs, Google Sheets, Airtable, and Figma have made many group projects a breeze for students. Students can collaborate in real time on all types of papers, spreadsheets, lab reports, art assignments, and design projects. Kapwing’s Collaborative Studio brings this same ease to video projects.
Rather than needing to use iMovie or Adobe Premiere to collect and edit their video clips, students can use Kapwing's Studio to make a video project. Click the "Share" button in the Studio to send the project to group mates and work on it together from different devices, synchronously or asynchronously.
Collaboration enables people to collaborate even if they're not in the same place at the same time. Each person can contribute to the project from home from any internet connected device, and everyone always has the most up-to-date version. Students don't have to schedule in-person work sessions which are a large burden for parents, and the tasks of creating a video can be shared more evenly among a group. Since Kapwing works on all devices, students don't need expensive hardware to contribute, and their schoolwork won't take up computer storage or CPU since all processing lives in the cloud.
Kapwing Studio 2.0 and Collaborative Workspaces have been developed expressly for accessibility and collaboration. Kapwing is free of charge, browser-based, and works on all devices, from desktop to smartphone. And with Kapwing’s collaborative workspaces, classmates can share, review, edit, tweak, and give feedback on each other's projects from one space. Changes made by one student appear instantaneously on the other students’ screens, so groups can work at any time and anywhere as efficiently as they could in person.
While working on a group video projects, students will learn to give each other feedback, divide work, listen to input from others, and manage group expectations, all real-world skills they can bring to college and a future job.
Getting Started with Kapwing in the Classroom
To start a Kapwing Workspace for your classroom, go to Kapwing.com and sign in. Then, name the Workspace and invite your students to join it. When they accept your invitation, the projects they create will be visible to you and their peers.
Kapwing is dedicated to perfecting our product for students and educators. The Education section of our Resources provides tips, techniques, tutorials, and ideas for some original and fun ways that Kapwing can be used in the classroom. We’re continually updating our product and our resources to support our K12 users and believe that Kapwing can be an invaluable resource for educators in the 21st century.
Ideas for Video Collaboration in the Classroom
Need some inspiration to get started with classroom video projects? Here are some assignment ideas to enhance learning across grades and subjects:
Foreign Languages: Record yourself speaking in a foreign language, or upload a news clip in that language. In the class workspace, students can make a copy of the video in one click and translate the audio by adding English subtitles! Alternatively, students can each record themselves speaking in a foreign language. Each student is then assigned another student’s video to caption into English.
Language Arts & Humanities: Have students reenact scenes from literature or historical events. Screen them easily in the classroom, without requiring students to bring flash drives or constantly switch email accounts on a school computer. Or have students record themselves reading their favorite poems from home, encouraging them to showcase creativity in their performances.
Memes: Many teachers introduce their students to literary analysis by having them make memes based on the themes, characters, and events in the books they read for class! Here's a great example:
Art: Progress videos and time-lapses are a beautiful, modern way that nearly all digital artists use to showcase both their process and their results. Have students snap a photo of their progress every five or ten minutes and put them together in the Kapwing Studio’s Scene View. They can then share their hard work in class and on social media!
Science: Creative video ideas reach all disciplines in science education. Students can put together tutorials for DIY physics demonstrations at home and share them in the class’s workspace. Biology students can create claymation videos that detail the stages of mitosis and meiosis. For chemistry classes, students can drag & drop molecule labels to match their models in a digital worksheet set. And lab groups in any class can compile presentation videos from home without needing to coordinate their busy schedules.
Just for Fun & Team-Building: Let students create introductions, ice-breakers, and creative show-and-tells from home! Students can introduce themselves in a video and show off their go-to place to do homework, a hidden talent, or their favorite hobby, and all the introductions can be shown on the first day of school.
Younger students can take weekly turns with a class toy and get creative by making a scene for it (like toy travel accounts, such as Pig the Traveler!) and recording a story that builds on the previous student’s story. Once every student has participated, your class can watch the toy’s story, going from scene to scene accompanied by each students’ narration.
There are so many ways to make tech work for everyone in the classroom, from early elementary to college! For more ideas, tutorials, and insights, check out the Education tab in the Kapwing Resources Library. And be sure to tag us @KapwingApp whenever you showcase your students’ work on social media! We love to learn about all the ways our users work with Kapwing in the classroom.