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Shadow Puppet Edu

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Shadow Puppet Edu is a helpful and engaging utility app for both students and teachers. Complete with a wide range of content resources, this app will help you make simple, eye-catching presentations to share with teachers, friends and family. Useful for showing off any creative ideas, this app has received an EAS Certification of 5 Stars.

Teacher Review

Shadow Puppet Edu is a utility app which allows students and teachers to make engaging presentations and slideshows out of photos, videos, sound clips and voiceovers. Users can start a new presentation, select their library of visual content, add animated text and background music and then record themselves going through the presentation, commenting on the images in front of them and using a range of annotative tools to give more visual feedback and a sense of interaction. Once these presentations have been made, they are saved to both the local device and to the cloud. They can also be shared via a number of services such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more, or emailed personally to teachers or other students.

When choosing images for a presentation, the user is given many options. They can choose pictures from their camera roll, photo stream or albums, or from educational resources such as NASA or the Library of Congress. They can also search the web for images from Yahoo or Flickr Creative Commons, as well as animated GIFs. In addition to photos, users can pick up to 30 seconds from a film clip to use. If letting children loose on random image searches for the web sounds a bit worrying, all searches use the strictest search filters available, and all image searching can be turned off in the app settings.

While there are no templates as such for presentations, the app does provide a number of ideas for potential uses. These take the form of sample presentations made either by students or by teachers to spice up their lessons. In addition to this, there is an ‘Ideas’ tab where users can find small sample presentations complete with tips on how best to use their resources to make such a presentation. If this isn’t enough, there is also a help center and tutorial section, which is broken down into a few short useful videos.

Even with all of these tools however, the easiest way to learn about this app is just to play with it. Without looking through any of the support material, I managed to make a reasonably interesting, if short, presentation on graph paper, set to a nice acoustic soundtrack which would leave any student in awe! Seriously though, if you have a bit more imagination than me, you can really use this app to make it a lot easier to make a simple, informative and engaging presentation. Or, if you’re a student, you can quickly show off your work, or record your progress on it, maybe even make a mini-blog. This is a great way for students to show their engagement with their learning, and more importantly show and tell their understanding of pretty much any concept.

I have no real criticisms of this app, for what it does it doesn’t have any problems. In fact, my only gripe with the app is that there is so much more it could do! In the next release, I would love to see some advanced features like collaboration and communication with other users of the app, or even the ability to write on a slide rather than a temporary annotative pointer. However, as it is now, I would still recommend this app for the odd fun lesson or for homework assignments. Good stuff!


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From the Developer

The simplest way to capture and share student work. Designed with kids in mind, students as young as five can make videos to tell stories, explain concepts, or record their progress. Common Core aligned lesson ideas make it easy to get started!

∙ Search Library of Congress and NASA for images
∙ Present a project or describe an experience
∙ Develop digital storytelling skills
∙ Demonstrate understanding of a concept for assessment
∙ Improve speaking skills and practice reading aloud

∙ Create mini-lessons for blended learning or flipped classroom
∙ Develop a more engaging prompt for an assignment or discussion
∙ Provide an example of a final project for your students

20+ ACTIVITY IDEAS IN APP (Common Core alignment):
Check out our activity ideas! Shadow Puppet can be used to support many Common Core State Standards, including:
∙ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2-4.5: Create audio recordings of stories or poems
∙ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5-12.5: Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations
∙ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5: Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations
∙ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6: Use technology to produce and publish writing
∙ CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4: Present information such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate

“Great app. Intuitive interface. Students loved hearing/seeing their voice+words+pics. Definitely upgraded their text-only narratives.” - Mr. Garvin, 7th/8th Grade Teacher

"The students absolutely enjoy this app! It's AMAZING to use in the classroom. It's great to see a student sitting in the hallway listening back to her own 'math talk and work'.” - Ms. Laidlaw, 1st/2nd Grade Teacher

“It was fab, the students really got into it. Can't recommend app enough—so easy to use!” - Ms. Smith, Foreign Language Teacher

+ Use photos, videos, screenshots from camera roll
∙ Up to 100 items per video and up to 30 minutes long

+ Built-in web search for images and animated GIFs
∙ Search: Library of Congress, NASA, Flickr Creative Commons, Yahoo Images, Animated GIFs
∙ Safe search is automatically enabled
∙ App automatically adds image credits to the end of the video
∙ Option for administrators to disable web search

+ Record voiceover narration, add music, or both
∙ Record voiceover as you flip through your photos
∙ Choose one of our background audio tracks or a song from your iTunes library
∙ If you make a mistake while recording, tap UNDO and easily re-record that page

+ Add animated text titles
∙ Choose font, color, size, position, and animation

+ Draw on screen and interact with your images as you record
∙ Draw with animated pointer tools
∙ Zoom in/out, pan and swipe between images

+ Easy sharing - no app needed to view!
∙ Send via email to parents, student, or colleagues
∙ Upload to Drive, Dropbox, and other edu services
∙ Embed on website or blog
∙ Share to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube or Instagram
∙ Option for administrators to disable parental gates for sharing

+ Automatic video export with optional HD export
∙ Save .mp4 video file to camera roll

+ Common Core Aligned Activity Ideas
∙ Find ideas for English, language arts, history, science, math, art, and foreign language right in the app
∙ Easily adapt ideas to your students’ learning level and your curriculum

+ Pairs with Apple TV
∙ Watch and create videos on the big screen for all students to see

Shadow Puppet Edu is licensed for school use. If you’re not an educator or student, please check out our other app, Shadow Puppet.

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