A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, following directions, forming arguments, presenting to others, speaking, storytelling, using supporting evidence
- Skills: Creativity: producing new content
Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth
Communication: multiple forms of expression, presenting, speaking
Collaboration: group projects
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
- Price: $6.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: November 17, 2014
- Category: Education
- Size: 17.50 MB
- Publisher: 30hands Learning Inc.
- Version: 1.9.1
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 6.0 or later.
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