What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
- making new creations
- conveying messages effectively
- multiple forms of expression
- social media
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
The site is generally easy to navigate, but kids may get stuck along the way and not be able to find help. Still, they should enjoy blending their video clips and photos with popular songs.
Though the site provides a creative outlet and some secondary lessons, its automatic tool does much of the work, so kids won't really learn technical skills. User comments are the only feedback and aren't generally helpful.
Kids' creations are catalogued. Educational resources aren't really offered to help kids relate what they're doing to key concepts. Movies could, in theory, help them learn to take better photos, but they won't get any instruction.
What's it about?
Kids can upload videos and photos, choose a theme, and select a song from about a dozen pop hits or their own libraries to create a MAGISTO movie. The site uses artificial intelligence and analyzes speech, camera motion, and other elements to select key emotional moments from videos; kids can title their movies, and, only a few minutes after everything is uploaded, they'll receive an e-mail with a link to their finished films. Movies are automatically private; users can make them public, send the URL to friends, or share them on social media.
Is it any good?
Families can talk about...
- Families can talk about how visual style choices affect the overall message. Does the Roaring Twenties option invoke a different mood than Love or other filters? Does it help display or detract from the information you're trying to share?
What kind of information is easier to explain using both pictures and words instead of only images or text?
- Magisto movies are private by default, but kids can easily share them through Facebook or other social media sites. What kinds of problems could come from publicly posting a movie you made? Use our Social Networking Tips as a guide to discuss social-media safety concerns with your child.
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