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Let Children Be the Star of Their Stories with Shadow Puppet

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For the past three weeks, my students have enjoyed using the Shadow Puppet app on classroom iPads.  This free iOS app (with in-app purchases) allows them to create powerful slideshows with their own photos, short movies, colourful, dynamic pointers, and audio voice over.  This app’s capabilities encourages multimedia skills that go beyond simply memorizing information.  It requires very little technology knowhow and preparation allowing anyone to communicate their ideas and what they are learning.  Also, they have the chance to listen to themselves and auto correct their mistakes thanks to the apps re record feature.
Here’s what I’m looking for in apps used in my classroom.  This rubric is inspired by Kathy Schrock’s work, a truly inspired educator.

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Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy (Andrew Churches)

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“SAMR, a model designed to help educators integrate technology into teaching and learning, was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, Ph.D.. The model aims to enable teachers to design, develop, and integrate digital learning experiences that utilize technology to transform learning experiences to lead to high levels of achievement for students.” 
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Here’s how Shadow Puppet Works:

  1. Pick a set of photos and/or videos from any album on your device.
  2. Drag-and-drop to reorder them, and crop them so they look right.
  3. Record your audio voice-over providing the story behind the photos.
  4. Tap and zoom to highlight points of interest as you go through pics.
  5. Text, email, tweet, or Facebook your Shadow Puppet narrated slide show

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