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Introduce students to basic photo and video concepts by exploring the app's various tools. Once they've mastered the tools, this could be an effective way to engage kids in content creation. You might encourage them to use it to share school projects such as making a stop-motion animation about seed germination, writing a book report, or recording an historical reenactment. The design focuses on the creation tools, so some kids may require prompts to get started. Featured videos provide great inspiration for those who need it, and may even encourage some kids to create work to share with a broader audience.Continue reading Show less
Photo and video tool makes creating animations easy. Kids can select photos from their own library or record new images within the app. A basic set of tools, including overlay, grid, frame-by-frame preview, frame positioning, and fade, are included in the free version. Requires an in-app purchase to utilize the green screen, remote camera, and other movie effects. Getting started is easy, and helpful tips are provided throughout the app. A welcome animation provides some inspiration for kids, and a library of featured videos offers more great ideas. Option to share animations on a variety of platforms is available, but it’s unclear how featured videos are curated.
As kids explore the tools, they can experiment with various editing techniques: tap highly visible buttons to add audio, cut frames, add new images, change speed, and more. These creation tools help kids become deeply engaged with the content. The ability to animate images makes the experience fun and provides insight into the animation process. Kids can record what’s around them or construct an entirely new environment to capture through stop-motion animation.
The overall experience is a lighter version of more serious animation software, but the simplicity provides a comprehensible introduction for most kids. Those wanting to dig deeper can take their understanding of frame-by-frame capture to more advanced tools.