EdTech Quick Take: Book Creator vs. Shadow Puppet Edu

A brief comparison of two great creation apps for elementary students.

June 11, 2015
Erin Wilkey Oh Executive Editor, Education Marketing
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Technology Integration, Tools

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We’ve reviewed a lot of digital creation tools on Common Sense Education, but it can be hard to know which ones are best for younger students. In this EdTech Quick Take, we compare two standouts -- Book Creator and Shadow Puppet Edu -- to help you decide which one is best for your classroom. 

Both Book Creator and Shadow Puppet Edu are easy-to-use creation tools designed with a young audience in mind. Their kid-friendly features make it easy for primary students to jump right in and start creating. Both apps allow kids to combine text, images, video, and sounds into engaging projects that they can show to their peers. Both tools make sharing a breeze, with lots of options for saving and exporting the final product. Check out the video above to learn about each tool's unique features and find out which one will work best for your students.

Do you have a favorite creation tool for the classroom? Tell us in the comments below! Also, be sure to post a Teacher Review on the tool's review page. You can share how you've used the tool, and any other best practices for teaching and learning with digital creation tools.


Cathy Hink
Classroom teacher
Moorlands Elementary School
Kenmore, WA

In my kindergarten class (1:1) we use BookCreator and Shadow Puppet.  The children seemed to prefer BookCreator and because the experience is so engaging and fun the children wrote more and in a wider range of topics than I have experienced in my 15 years of teaching.  An extra bonus is that both can be shared exported via SeeSaw learning journals, sent as pdf's or epub so parents, friends and relatives could see children's published works.  This became a strong motivator for writing and for writing with depth, creativity and quality.

James Denby
Educator/Curriculum Developer
IdeaDriven Education

Ooooh, I like that Shadow Puppet Edu essentially builds in research tools (including creative commons licensed images).  If all my students came into middle school with that experience, it would be a great place to build from.  Very cool.

Rachelle Wooten
Digital Learning Specialist
Fort Settlement Middle School
Sugar Land, TX

Thanks for sharing this! Shadow Puppet Edu is new to me, as I normally use Adobe Voice for these kinds of projects.  However, I see this gives more options for media types than Adobe Voice.  I work mostly with secondary students do you think it would be ok for that age group too?

Erin Wilkey Oh
Common Sense Education

Hi Rachelle,It depends on the type of project your students are working on. For creative projects or digital storytelling, I think Shadow Puppet could be a great option for secondary students. I think it would be too limiting for research projects though.