30hands Pro: Create & Show What You Know

App review by
Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Create presentations using images, videos, and voice.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids create slides for presentations, reports and projects that use images, videos, and drawings with embedded audio to creatively demonstrate their knowledge to others using technology.  

Ease of Play

Tutorial included, but kids will need to have a basic understanding of how to organize their material and follow multi-step directions to complete the  project on their own without help.

Violence & Scariness

Kids can search the web for creative commons images to use in their project. Within this feature search terms like murder will produce graphic images that depict this content. Parents and teachers should monitor the topics provided.

Sexy Stuff

Kids can search the web for creative commons images to use in their project, so some sexual images could come up. Words like "gay" and "lesbian" have been filtered from the image search, but words like "sexual," "bisexual," and "transgender" haven't. Articles of clothing, like bra and underwear can be searched for.

Language

Kids can search the web for creative commons images to use in their project. Swear words have been effectively filtered in the image search.

Consumerism

Kids can search the web for creative commons images to use in their project. There are no ads present in the app but brands such as common automobile and soft drink manufacturers can be searched for in the image search.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Kids can search the web for creative commons images to use in their project. Search terms for items such as drugs, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, alcohol, cigarettes and vaping will produce imagery that can be utilized in their project.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 30hands Pro: Create & Show What You Know is a paid educational app for kids that is used to create unique stories, reports, slideshows and presentations by including images, videos, and drawings. By speaking into the device's microphone, individual audio recordings can be added to each slide for kids to share their knowledge on a specific topic using their own voice as a narrator. Kids can search creative commons photos from the web topic to include in the presentation, and those searches can yield iffy content. Note that the search filter could be problematic for a variety of reasons, but kids can do an outside search and add images from outside the filtered content if necessary. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

30HANDS PRO: SHOW WHAT YOU KNOW gives kids an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of topics by creating unique video and audio presentations using their iPhone or iPad. Many kids don't like to draw and have difficulty organizing written information into poster board projects. This app allows kids to take photos or a 30 second video clip with their device, then create individual project slides. There's an option to draw a picture for slides, which can be further customized with text and fonts. Stop motion animated videos are also a creation option. Each slide has the option to record audio so kids can include information in their report. By typing in a word or topic, kids can access creative commons pictures and include them in the slides. When the video is complete, it's published then saved to the device's camera roll, a Google drive, the 30hands community cloud or Dropbox. Users can also see the duration of the video and the number of slides in case there's a presentation time limit.

Is it any good?

This paid education app is an easy way for kids to create projects and presentations using technology with customized images, videos and slides. The option to include embedded video can be a great option to build confidence during presentations for kids who don't enjoy public speaking. Group projects can also be merged easily, as students create their individual slides and coordinate them for a larger presentation. For less than $7, there are many features included that allows kids to have flexibility and creativity. In terms of filters on the web search, though obvious curse words and sexual content won't produce an image, kids who are intelligent enough to search for alternative words (i.e. sexual versus sex) can find inappropriate content. Along those lines, there may be terms they want to use ("gay" or "lesbian") but can't search using the filter, so they can do an outside search and use images that way if necessary. Parents should monitor where where kids publish, because items can be uploaded to the 30hands community from the app. Overall, since many kids with learning disabilities struggle with writing and drawing, a little help organizing their pictures and writing a script, a video presentation using this app could minimize a lot of frustration and improve the child's independence and sense of accomplishment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the use of 30hands Pro: Show What You Know as a great way to complete projects for those who dislike writing and drawing. What other ways are there to present?

  • Audio recordings added to each slide require the child to speak clearly and in an organized way. Would it be easier to write out a script for kids to read to make recording their audio easier?

  • Presenting information to teachers and peers on a topic for a project can be difficult for many kids, but talk to your kid and ask whether they think the use of technology could be a fun way to present their information and build confidence in public speaking. 

App details

For kids who love digital presentation apps and homework help

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