Looking for a lighter video editing alternative? Take a look at WeVideo


With possible disruptions to learning still looming while we’re all trying to keep our staffs productive, you might be looking for an alternative to some of the professional video editing software that requires powerful hardware to run.

WeVideo is a strong option.

Last year we reached the breaking point with our aging iMacs running Premiere, and while I teach in a 1:1 environment, the student laptops couldn’t handle the software, either. Plus, I had students learning both remotely and face-to-face, so I needed another option. WeVideo was that option, and it worked well.

WeVideo offers online editing and provides advisers and staffs with all the basic tools they’ll need for video and podcast creation. Since it’s web-based, there’s no need to connect with school IT staff to find ways to install the software on student devices. I love that it allows remote collaboration; staffers can work together on projects whether they’re in the building or learning online. Plus, there’s a classroom dashboard, so it’s easy to keep track of current progress and add inline comments if you’re inclined.

It works well for any staff or school that doesn’t have hardware that will run some of the pro tools, and it runs on Android, iOS, and Chromebooks as well as MacOS and Windows machines.

Take a look–check out the 30-day free trial for the classroom plan if you’d like to take a look under the hood before you commit.

Julie Tiedens

Julie Tiedens is a high school journalism and English teacher at Black River Falls High School, a school of 500 students in rural Wisconsin. She advises the student online newspaper, a daily announcements show, the yearbook and a PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs school site. Over the last two decades, one of her biggest goals has been to make her students better media consumers and creators. Another goal? Raise a son who loves the news just as much as she does.

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