Vyclone

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Megan Leppla, Common Sense Media
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Collaborative video tool lets teens make films together.

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn how to work together as they make a joint film from each person's perspective. Through the process, they'll also get to analyze how different people see different things. Kids can learn skills -- such as storyboarding, historical reenactments, documentation, and the like -- that can be applied to other subjects depending on whether they're making videos for school or fun. Kids can get creative while learning the essential elements of video recording. Even though it does the editing work for you, Vyclone is an eye-opening and collaborative way for teens to capture moments on film together.

Ease of Play

Sleek design makes it easy to get started.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Vyclone lets people use their mobile devices to collaborate on a single video. Kids can work with friends to capture various angles; the app then edits the viewpoints together to make one awesome movie. Editing features are limited to a few filters, and there are some audio options to add to your videos. Looking to collaborate with a global community? Explore the editor's picks to see work from other Vyclone users, get inspired, and maybe even remix someone else's video with your own. The option to share videos publicly gives kids the opportunity to get feedback on their work. However, you also can keep your posts private; some kids may find the feedback from public posts isn't always constructive.

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What's it about?

VYCLONE is a video tool that teaches kids how to collaborate while sharing their story. Find friends and start filming anything at the same time, and the app automatically blends your shots into one video. Completed videos can be posted, and kids can get feedback from a global community. Kids are encouraged to remix projects from the existing community and comment on one another’s projects. The app gets kids thinking creatively about the potential for different perspectives.

Is it any good?

This is an engaging tool that will teach film and collaboration skills -- storyboarding, historical reenactments, documentation, and more -- that can be applied to other subjects very easily. Plus, it's really fun. Kids can get creative while learning the essential elements of video recording. The interface makes it very simple to get started, but the depth at which video skills are covered is a bit shallow. For those kids wanting to go beyond simply capturing video, they'll need to look elsewhere, as the emphasis here is on collaboration and social engagement. Kids can easily share videos publicly in the community, so it's important that they don’t reveal personal information in their videos. And, although the private features makes it so that videos aren't thrown out into the wild, it would be nice to have the option of sharing with a smaller, curated group.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about teamwork. What does making a video together add to the end result? How is the process different? 

  • Encourage kids to form a group and discuss how they'll work together.

App details

For kids who love documenting memories

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