Review by Erin Brereton, Common Sense Education | Updated April 2017

Capzles

Dynamic slideshows combine photos, videos, text, and music

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Pros: It can be a way to creatively explore class assignments and to visually organize information.

Cons: Examples on the site are sparse and sometimes not very good, so without help kids won't learn lasting design or storytelling skills.

Bottom Line: Slideshows can enliven history lessons and book reports, but Capzles could use more high-quality examples and guided instruction.

Teachers can easily make their own Capzles, either as actual teaching tools or as examples for students who want to make their own. They're easy to share because kids don't have to register to see the ones you make; you can send students a link or embed your Capzles in another website.

 

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Capzles is a social-networking and storytelling website. Users can combine photos, videos, blog content, and music into explanatory slideshows and share them with friends or the general public.

To create their own Capzles, users register by entering an e-mail address, a username, and a password. Then, the intuitive slideshow-creation tool walks you through adding a title, text, images, backgrounds, and other items step by step. Capzles are public by default unless users alter the settings.

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Capzles can be a great way for kids to tell stories. For example, they can describe historical events like the Russian Revolution, document an event in their lives, or make a virtual book report with quotes and images. Unfortunately, teachers won't find a ton of great examples on the site; many previous users haven't added citations or done serious research, and some Capzles aren't even complete.

Users can friend and e-mail total strangers through the site -- which, of course, can be a concern. For now, students must be over the age of 13 to register on the site and create slideshows.

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Overall Rating
3

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
3

It's easy and engaging to string photos and videos together with music and text to create virtual scrapbooks. The site itself lacks much compelling content or examples.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
3

It's a fun and intuitive option for digital storytelling and presentations, but kids will need support to learn lasting skills. They get no feedback aside from user comments, and there's no demo or site description. 

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
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Kids may learn a few things by watching the site's featured slideshows, but Capzles quality varies. User profiles list recent activity, creations, messages, and other items.

 


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Tracy B. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
East Syracuse Minoa High School
Syracuse, NY
4
Capzles is a very versatile tool.

I love the applications that are possible with Capzles, but I wish it were more user-friendly. I find the interface can be a bit complicated for students who are less comfortable with technology.

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