A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Shadow Puppet Edu is a slide-show creation tool designed to help kids create presentations. All the resources they might want are included and accessible from within the app, such as images from museums, Flickr, and their own camera rolls. The image searches are well filtered to keep them appropriate, but the system could potentially still let some objectionable material through. Kids also can share their creations by email or message as well as through apps connected on the device, such as YouTube and Twitter.
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Shadow Puppet Edu as a Useful Teaching Tool for children to create simple-to-make multi-media projects
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What's it about?
Create video slide shows, adding narration and text. Videos can be up to 30 minutes long and can include up to 100 images. Kids can choose images from the camera roll, the Library of Congress, maps, the MOMA, the British Library, NASA, and NOAA, as well as from Flickr and Web searches within the app. They then scroll through and zoom in on images as they narrate their slide shows, and they can add text or clip art. Videos are automatically saved to the device's camera roll and online, are accessible via a direct link, and can be shared through social media.
Is it any good?
SHADOW PUPPETS EDU is chock-full of resources, all in-app, so kids can quickly and easily create impressive slide shows. It's intended for educational use and includes resources galore for teachers. And, although kids are searching resources that could include objectionable content, the filters are locked down pretty well. (Trial searches for potentially racy content all pulled up pictures of bunnies, which is a cute gotcha.) The only weakness is the parent-lock passcode required before sharing, which involves holding a button for a few seconds -- any kid who can read will bypass that very easily.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, thinking critically
Creativity: combining knowledge, producing new content
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: September 8, 2015
- Category: Education
- Size: 22.50 MB
- Publisher: Seesaw Learning Inc.
- Version: 2.8.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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