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What it’s like: Using Shadow Puppet Edu, students can create video slideshows, adding their own narration and text. Videos can be up to 30 minutes long and can include up to 100 images, free for classroom use. A video tutorial demonstrates how to make a video, and several sample videos are included as well. To create a new video, students tap the Create New icon and choose their images from the several resources included: the camera roll, other app libraries on the device, The Library of Congress, Maps, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Library, NASA, and NOAA, as well as from Web searches that can be done within the app.


Price: Free


Grades: 2-5


Pros: Ideas galore are included in-app, with more resources available online.


Cons: Editing is possible but is a bit trickier than creating.


Bottom line: Easy-to-use free tool is a must-have for elementary classrooms, just keep an eye on sharing and privacy.


About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.