Shadow Puppet Edu

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Easy-to-use slide show maker wows; watch sharing options.

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age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn to create a polished presentation using images, audio, and text to showcase their knowledge of a topic or an event. About 30 project ideas are included in the Ideas section, organized by topic; ideas include a family heritage map, an art portfolio, a history recap, a new report, a digital story, a science-experiment recap, a persuasive ad, and more. More resources are available online too, including printables for storyboard planning, story maps, and instructions. With Shadow Puppets Edu, kids can create and share on whatever topic inspires them.

Ease of Play

Step-by-step tutorial shows how to create movies, and everything kids need is included and easily accessible.

Violence & Scariness

Kids are creating their own content, so there's always the possibility they could include violence. The Web image search is locked down pretty tight, but it can be disabled in the settings.

Sexy Stuff

Kids are creating their own content, so there's always the possibility they could include sexual content. The Web image search is locked down pretty tight, but it can be disabled in the settings.

Language

Kids are creating their own content, so there's always the possibility they could record inappropriate language.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Kids are creating their own content, so there's always the possibility they could include drug and alcohol references. The Web image search is locked down pretty tight, but it can be disabled in the settings.

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

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byautumnz July 28, 2016

Great for Story Retell

I use this app in my classroom with my first graders. It is one of the first apps I introduce them to when they start the year. They use this app to retell a s... Continue reading
Adult Written byCody E. October 18, 2016

Shadow Puppet Edu as a Useful Teaching Tool for children to create simple-to-make multi-media projects

Shadow Puppet Edu is a free iPad app, recommended for children 1st grade and older, offers a simple way for younger children to explore the realms of multi-medi... Continue reading

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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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about guidelines for sharing via email or social media. Discuss with whom, what, and when it's appropriate to share.

  • When students have to create a presentation for a project or class, encourage them to see if Shadow Puppets Edu might work.

App details

For kids who love storytelling and digital creation

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