Earlier this year, Lisa Johnson from EdTechTeacher and author of the TechChef blog, introduced our lower school teachers to the Shadow Puppet Edu free app. I’ve now had the opportunity to work with this app in three different grade levels.
Creating Videos for Students
Our Pre k students are busy making lovely Valentine Cards for their families. Our three teachers decided that Hallmark wouldn’t be able to top their cards! First we took the pre k kids individual pictures with our iPads. When we opened the Puppet Edu app we uploaded their photo as a place holder. Each child then recorded a short message to their family. The app is so easy for making these short podcast-like messages. After tapping the Save button, you can tap the Copy Link button to instantly have a URL link to your video. This allowed us to create a QR Code that we placed in their Valentine cards. What a wonderful keepsake. (click here for sample video)
Independently Made Videos by Students
Our 2nd and 3rd graders were able to create short videos with multiple images and narration. After demonstrating the app on the SmartBoard, the kids were able to save their videos and use the QR Reader app to create their own code. We have each kid copy their code and either put it in Notabilty or Keynote. This way they can place their name and a title under the code. Just look at all the apps they smashed to create their final products.
Second grade created short videos about a landform that they had researched as part of a larger PBL. When they added their name and title under their QR code they also created a question that could be answered by watching their video. The codes were taped around the classroom. Fourth grade was invited to walk around the room scanning the codes, watching the videos, and trying to answer the question. The classroom teachers worked with their students on how to respond if the older student didn’t answer the question correctly. One 2nd grade girl told me that the 4th grader answered the question incorrectly and she politely suggested that he watch the video again. He did but to her surprise, he answered the question incorrectly again. She was even more shocked when he just walked away. She looked at me with wonder in her eyes and said, “This teacher stuff is hard!” Talk about, “out of the mouths of babes.”
Click here for a Puppet Pal Edu video tutorial & to see other features of the app