Review by Megan Leppla, Common Sense Education | Updated June 2014
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Basic video-slideshow creator introduces kids to digital-design concepts, techniques

Subjects & skills
  • Arts

  • Creativity
  • Communication & Collaboration
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Pros: Provides a free option for creating animated presentations, projects.

Cons: The overall experience is a bit clunky.

Bottom Line: Offers an engaging way for kids to enhance their work with photo and video elements.

Teachers can use Videolicious to assign digital storytelling projects or to encourage students to showcase their work. Consider giving more depth to any project by creating complementary animations. Teachers will need to get creative with prompts, and may consider simply presenting the app as one option students can use to format their own projects. Videolicious may be best suited for independent work. Multiple-user login makes it easier to share one device among students.

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Videolicious is a video-creation tool. Kids select photos from their library or snap photos within the app. A basic editing feature allows kids to position their photos to fit within the landscape mode. In the sequence of uploads, kids are prompted to record a video. Although a bit unclear, an option allows users to opt out of recording video and stick with a simple photo montage. Audio can be recorded to provide context to the images as they scroll across the screen, or kids can choose from an available library of music within the app. After completing a video, users have the option to share it through email, Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter. The personal Videolicious account is free, but a $5 per month Business acount is available as an in-app purchase.

Creating animations can be engaging for kids and can give them a platform to tell any story in their own words and with their own images. As a basic photo and video tool, Videolicious makes it easy to introduce students to such concepts as composition, animation, and building a series, or it can simply serve as an introduction to processes students can explore more deeply elsewhere. That being said, kids can use the app to create animations, save them to a gallery, and share their work with others -- an empowering experience for kids!

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Basic tools let users stitch together a photo montage or video presentation.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Kids can utilize the app as a presentation tool for school projects.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Tools are fairly easy to use, but the overall design may be a bit confusing for some kids. In-app support should provide answers to most of their questions.

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Laura B. , Other
Simple Video Creator
This is a nice app for introducing student to the creative side of the app. The students are able to chose background music from a selection on the app and the student is able to set the audio mix level and create a title for the video. The video can be emailed, added to YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook. If the students created music with a different app, it appears that the music could be added to the video as well.
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