Originally posted on Medium, reproduced here with permission …
KapwingÂ is an online video editing website with a suite of tools. Thousands of teachers and students use Kapwing every day to make videos for classroom assignments, lessons, and entertainment. In this post, Iâ€™ll describe how teachers and students are using Kapwing as a powerful educational tool. You may also follow theseÂ simple video editing tips and tricksÂ for better results if youâ€™re an amateur.
So far, Kapwing has eight editing features:
- Meme maker: Add a text caption above and/or below a video
- Subtitle maker: Type and time out any text to overlay on top of a video
- Sound effects editor: Add fun sounds from a library of effects
- Filters: Adjust the color and lighting
- Loop: Make a clip longer by playing it on repeat
- Trim: Shorten a video to a specified time
- Stop motion: With an existing video, add a stop motion â€œeffectâ€
- Resizer: Crop or fit your videos to the perfect aspect ratio for different social media channels.
â€¦and weâ€™re constantly developing more. Tell us what features you want by tweeting @KapwingApp or emailing email@example.com!
7 reasons why Kapwing is great forÂ schools
With Kapwing, you just upload your media, edit, and download the output. There are no obstacles or distractions in the way. Here are 7 reasons why this makes Kapwing a great educational tool:
- No registration, account setup,Â or sign inÂ required: On Kapwing, students donâ€™t need to sign in, and teachers donâ€™t need to manage rosters. Users can immediately upload a video, photo, or GIF for editing without passwords getting in the way.
- No installationÂ or software updates: Kapwing is a website, so it is always up to date and you donâ€™t need to download anything.
- FreeÂ to use: Your school doesnâ€™t need to make room for this tool in your budget. It is and always will be free to use.
- Works on Chromebooks, iPads, Macs, Windows, and all other devices
- No distracting adsÂ or video content: Kapwing is a tool with no content that might distract the kids from their lesson or assignment
- Works with YouTube, Google Drive, and more:Â Teachers and students can paste a YouTube, Drive, GIPHY, Vimeo, or any other URL to edit an existing video or recycle content that another teacher created
- Simple: Every tool on Kapwing is designed for someone with no video editing experience. You and your students donâ€™t need technical tutorialsâ€Šâ€” just open the website and go
Ideas for Kapwing in the classroom
Iâ€™ve watched videos and photos roll in from thousands of schools using Kapwing. Here are some of the ways that our creative users are learning with video.
- Make visual flashcards acting out new vocabulary words
- Trim video clips from the movie version of a novel your class is reading to see a scene from a different perspective.
- Find GIFs to summarize the feelings of a specific character or moment.
- Use grayscale and high-contrast filters to add drama to studentsâ€™ dramatic reenactments or poetry recitations.
- Use subtitles to add narrative or summary to a silent film
Science andÂ Math
- Add sound effects to annotate a chemical reaction or molecular process
- Increase contrast to make a whiteboard video easier to see
- Add captions with important vocabulary, formulas, or takeaways
- Add a stop motion effect to a video of an experiment to emphasize the transformation
- Loop a very short video on repeat to show a specific animation, graphic, or animation on repeat
- Add a sepia, fade, or grayscale filter to make a student skit seem historical
- Subtitle historical foreign speeches in your studentâ€™s native language
- Label important pieces of art and music with the workâ€™s title and artist
- Use contemporary GIFs or images to make a particular historical moment more memorable and relatable for students
- Show clips of cultural festivals and interviews to show how history affects modern life
- Add English subtitles to a clip of a foreign film, or vice versa
- Trim out the last word from a sentence and have students â€œfinish the sentenceâ€
- Loop yourself pronouncing a word so that students can hear it a few times
- Create video flashcards where you can hear and see how the word is pronounced
- Transcribe a video using the subtitle maker