Teacher Review For Shadow Puppet Edu

Easy, Narrated Slideshow App for All Ages

Stephanie F.
Educational Technology Integration Consultant
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use this app anytime I want students to explain step by step how they did something, such as a timeline in social studies, a math problem, or a science experiment. I also use this app for students to narrate digital stories. This app would also work great for students to explain their ideas and learning. The app includes a step by step tutorial and is easy and intuitive to use.
My Take
I think this is a fantastic app that could be used in any subject. I like that it includes searchable images from a variety of sources such as maps, famous landmarks, library of congress, met museum of art, British Library, NASA, NOAA, general web images, creative commons, wikimedia commons, open clipart, backgrounds, of course the camera roll. All inappropriate images are blocked out by cute bunny rabbits, so no worrying that students will stumble upon inappropriate content. The app also adds a photo credit to the end of the slideshow, which is a great way to teach students about copyright and giving creative credit. This app can serve kids in a variety of ways from allowing them to explain concepts in their own words, to documenting their own or group learning, to digital storytelling. The app allows students to record slide by slide, or over several slides at a time. students can erase and rerecord when they make mistakes. The options for saving are great, as it can be saved to the camera roll, uploaded to youtube, emailed, or saved to the shadowpuppet sites and shared with a link.