Shadow Puppet Edu

Tell a story, demonstrate a process, or teach a topic with all sorts of visual supports with this awesome app. Teachers and pupils alike can quickly put together wonderful presentations and videos with just a few taps, some narration, and a little bit of creativity.

K - 12th Classroom Support 34 Views 13 Downloads
App Overview

Shadow Puppet Edu starts out with a quick tutorial that leads you through the basic process of creating a video, or what the app calls a Puppet. Once that is complete, you are sent to the main page of the app, which includes a few areas to explore.

To Create a Puppet:

  1. Choose the plus sign icon to get started
  2. Select photos and videos to make into a video; you can choose from your own images or a whole list of other sources, including the Internet, NASA, the Library of Congress, and more
  3. Select Next to start customizing and narrating your video
  4. Here you can add text, insert music, and more
  5. Press Start to begin recording your voice
  6. Once it starts recording, you'll see additional options; while recording, you can select the magic wand icon to draw on the image, zoom in and out using a two-finger pinch, and select Undo to restart for that image
  7. Select the arrow to the right to go to the next image
  8. Once you're done recording, choose Save and then decide if you'd like the share your Puppet right away or later

Additional Features:

  • The app provides three samples that you can watch to get an idea of what Shadow Puppet Edu is all about
  • Videos can contain up to 100 images and be up to 30 minutes long
  • Select the gear menu in the upper-left corner to view additional settings for the app
  • Choose the question mark in the upper-right corner to view the tutorial video again or go to a help page
  • Tap Ideas at the bottom of the page to view activity ideas categorized by subject and labeled with Common Core standards
  • Share your Puppet on Seesaw, to iCloud, on Twitter, on YouTube, by e-mail, through Messages, by copying the link, and more; whether you choose to share or not , the app saves it to your Camera Roll and keeps in in My Puppets
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Rating Details
  • Adherence to task
  • Worth the money
  • Fun factor
  • Scaffolding of learning
  • User safety
  • Control and feedback
  • How techie do I need to be?
Instructional Ideas
  • Flip instruction by creating quick instructional videos with Shadow Puppet Edu; videos are easy to share, post, or embed on your class website
  • Have learners demonstrate understanding of just about any topic or process by creating short video presentations 
  • Ask learners to tell stories through the app; they can find or take pictures, write a script or draft, and narrate the story
Classroom Considerations
  • If you search for inappropriate content in the image search feature, instead of images of that inappropriate search term, you just get pictures of bunnies. This system is not perfect (for example, kissing goes through with mixed results), but it does limit access to a lot of inappropriate content
  • On the iTunes page, the description mentions that the app is made for ages six to eight; however, you could use this app at any grade level
  • This app is super easy to use for children (and adults) of all ages
  • You can add your own images, take pictures of a Google map, search landmarks, search the web and other image sources, and more when putting together your short videos
  • Content filters are in place for the image search
  • The app is versatile and appropriate for all subjects and all ages
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