What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Capzles is a slideshow creation tool with a social networking component. Teens have to register on the site to make slideshows using photos, videos, audio, and other elements. They get a chance to be creative -- and the Capzle tool is fairly easy to figure out. However, parents may have some concerns about how their teens connect with other users. It’s very easy to "friend" and correspond with total strangers on the site.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
- producing new content
- conveying messages effectively
Engagement, Approach, Support
It's easy and engaging to string photos and videos together with music and text to create virtual scrapbooks -- although maybe too easy. The site lacks much compelling content or examples.
It's a fun and intuitive option for digital storytelling and presentations, but kids will need support to learn lasting skills. They get no feedback aside from user comments, and there's no demo or site description.
Kids may learn a few things by watching the site's featured slideshows, but Capzles quality varies. User profiles list recent activity, creations, messages, and other items.
What's it about?
CAPZLES lets users combine photos, videos, text, and audio into slideshows and share them with friends (and others). Capzle creations are listed by subject -- including topics like vacations, animals, and movies. The site seems to still be building its content base; searches turn up a fair amount of incomplete slideshows. However, the tool is easy to use and kids can express themselves creatively on the site -- provided parents can ensure they aren't friending random users or posting private content.
Is it any good?
CAPZLES bills itself as a social networking and story-telling website, which is a pretty accurate description. Teens can combine photos, videos, text, and music into explanatory slideshows, and share them with friends or the general public through the site or social media. Users can classify their creation using pre-determined subjects like fashion, clubs and organizations, vacations and travel, animals and nature, and people.
The site doesn't do much screening; slideshows appear immediately after you post them. However, much of the content seems to be instructional. Users have posted Capzles on historical topics like the Russian Revolution and cultural subjects like folk art. There are also a number of unfinished or blank slideshows, which can make the search process frustrating. However, teens are more likely to find content that deals with classic celebs or cars than really racy stuff. Still, parents may want to check their teen's account settings and sign up for a daily site activity digest to ensure their kids aren't publicly posting slideshows or e-mailing unknown users through the site.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how the site lets you be creative -- but also lets you share projects, which anyone can see. What pictures or information should you avoid posting when making a slideshow? (For tips on keeping kids safe online, check out our guide.)
Capzles can explain topics by providing pictures and text. How can you illustrate concepts in a slideshow differently than you could in a book?
Chronological order is an important part of storytelling. If you're telling a story, does it have a beginning, middle, and end and make sense?