Create community in your classroom with ShadowPuppet

Free app for students to make quick and easy back-to-school slideshows

Create community with the Shadow Puppet app

Image source: Flickr user Justin O’Rourke

 

I love it when I find an app that is both intuitive and oh-so versatile.  Enter Shadow Puppet.

As summer days wane and thoughts start to drift toward those first few important days of school where you have an opportunity to build community and set norms, you might want to take a few minutes out of your summer break to explore Shadow Puppet EDU.  It’s a perfect app for student-created introduction slideshows to share as a get-to-know-you activity.

Pros:

  • image-rich reflections of each student to share and revisit
  • voice-overs and images provide context and tell a story
  • easy way to introduce camera functions on the iPad
  • Digital Citizenship concepts of image sharing explored in an authentic activity

Check out this quick screencast tutorial I made demonstrating how to use Shadow Puppet EDU to structure this activity:

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Susan Hennessey

Professional Development Coordinator at Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education
Susan Hennessey is a reformed librarian and current professional development coordinator with a particular interest in digital credentials and scavenger hunts. She's addicted to flavored almonds, salty, crunchy snacks, and Google Hangouts.