Teacher Review for Shadow Puppet Edu

Shadow Puppet Edu is a great research and presentation tool for middle school, too!

Michelle W.
Technology coordinator
James Wadsworth STEM Elementary
Chicago, United States
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My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
My 6th grade students will use this app to create their biographical research presentations. The search features will allow them to find photographs, maps, and historical documents related to the person's life and work. It leaves room for students to make multiple decisions about what is relevant and helpful to the audience for them to include, as well as they will have to be very concise with language. I will not want them to type more than one or two sentences on each slide. The images should be as powerful and informative as the words.
My Take
Overall, I love this app, mostly for the built-in search options (ie. Library of Congress, NASA, Wikimedia Commons, and others). I would like them to do the same for music that could play during the slideshows. Some of the teaching ideas provided were also helpful in getting started and the option to register for additional materials for free. The samples set a bar for students to measure their own work against. I would like there to be a few more options for teacher tools such as student submissions so that class projects could be stored together and shared. They do now have a new app, Seesaw, that is perhaps for that purpose, but I'd rather have it all in one app/program.