Shadow Puppet Edu

Shadow Puppet Edu

I heard about the Shadow Puppet app awhile ago but didn’t really pay any attention to it because it had all the same features as 30Hands or Storyrobe (which used to be free).  Basically you take pictures and put them together to narrate and create a movie.  It’s great as a layering app to take pictures created in other apps like Doodle Buddy, Popplet Lite, Haiku Deck or even the camera roll and combine them.  It’s easier to narrate them in an app like this vs iMovie because it automatically sets the time that the picture displays for as long as your narration (in iMovie, you have to change the time setting for your picture after you narrate.) 

Shadow Puppet just added several features that I think make it superior to 30Hands so I’d recommend that everyone check it out.

First of all they’ve created a special Edu version with features only available for free to teachers and students. 

Secondly, you can combine not only images but also video clips from your camera roll.  That means that you can take videos created in other apps like Tellagami, Chatterpix Kids or Doceri and combine them with images.  

It’s easy to use.  Just pick your images or videos. Tap Start and narrate the story as you flip through the pictures.  As you’re recording, you can add drawings to your images, zoom in or add text. There are a variety of sharing options (tap the more icon to choose the option “open in” and save directly to Google Drive) or you can save your final project to the camera roll.   

You can add up to 100 items and up to 30 minutes long.  There is a built in search that includes the Library of Congress, NASA and “Web Images”.  Be sure to use the “Web Images” search with caution.  There is a possibility for finding inappropriate images.  I would recommend limiting your students to the Library of Congress and NASA sections and find other images on a website like (using the GCISD login) or  

Check out my presentation with suggestions for finding copyright free images here: 


  1. 30hands Pro offers the ability to add video slides and is integrated with Google Drive, Google Slides and Dropbox. The drawing tool is extended, too. (the new chrome version) is like Pro but with even more, including an administrative dashboard.

    These apps are not free, but they are very inexpensive and provide great learning for students and great functionality for teachers wanting to easily create flipped video lessons. We can't do it for free because we need to pay our small team of employees and we want the technology to be sustainable long-term. If you like Digital Storytelling, please support our apps and let us know what functionality we can provide to make it even better.

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