Shadow Puppet Edu



1  Combine Photos & Videos

    Use photos and video clips from camera roll, photo stream, or albums.

2  Add Narration & Music

3  Overlay Text & Draw on Screen

    Use the Text tool to add titles on your videos. Draw on screen with colors or emoji.

    Zoom in/out, pan and swipe between pages.

4  Export and share videos

    Videos automatically save to camera roll.

Educational Image Search Sources:

  1. Library of Congress

  2. The British Library

  3. Metropolitan Museum of Art

  4. NASA

  5. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

You can search these image catalogs and select images to include in your videos just as if they were in your camera roll. For additional information about each image search source, including copyright info and lesson ideas click here

When you share or export, image credits are automatically added to the end of all videos that include web images and maps, so students can learn about citing their sources. Image citation is on by default and can be disabled in the Shadow Puppet settings menu.

Map Search

Search for a location, toggle between map

or satellite view, drop pins, and then snap

a photo of the map to include in your video.

Do a capital city scavenger hunt, identify

geographic formations, or create a family

heritage map.

Famous Landmark Gallery

Use our Famous Landmarks gallery as a

jumping off point for a report on an

important natural or man-made landmark,

to give context around a historical event,

or discuss the belief systems of different



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Trouble Shooting


If you are having any problems, one of the first things to do is make sure you have the most recent version of Shadow Puppet Edu.

If the app is crashing:

1 First try closing all open apps (including Shadow Puppet). The iPad has a limited amount of working memory and if there are too many processes going on in the background, it can reach its limit.

2 If this does not help, you should try to restart your iPad.

Classroom Examples

English & Language Arts

  1. Practice reading aloud from a book or poem

  2. Summarize a story describing beginning, middle and end

  3. Diagram a sentence or describe grammar rules

  4. Create an infomercial for a make-believe product

  5. Describe the steps of how to make something

  6. Practice spelling by sounding out words

Foreign Language

  1. Use new vocabulary in a creative story

  2. Read a news article or story written in the language and summarize it

  3. Explain how to conjugate verbs

  4. Diagram sentences, explain and read them aloud

  5. Make personalized flashcards

  6. Describe weekend plans in the language


  1. Practice counting using the tap-to-highlight pointer

  2. Find geometric shapes, angles, or fractions around the classroom

  3. Explain the steps to solve a math problem

  4. Show how make a graph from a set of data

  5. Explain how to count money

  6. Teach someone how to tell time


  1. Document an experiment and explain results

  2. Explain a cell diagram or frog dissection

  3. Describe the lifecycle of a plant, habitat of an animal or structure of an element

  4. Compare the planets in solar system or the world’s different biomes

  5. Use images to explain concepts that are hard to access inside the classroom

History & Social Studies

  1. Create mock advertisements for historical services

  2. Tell what you would do if you were president

  3. Share the history of a city, state or country

  4. Pretend to be a historical figure and share your thoughts on an issue

  5. Summarize a historical event describing beginning, middle and end


  1. Explain the meaning of a drawing, painting, photograph or sculpture

  2. Give a report on a famous artist or art movement

  3. Color & form photo scavenger hunt

  4. Make a portfolio of the year’s projects and create a virtual museum of the class’ work

  5. Create technique tutorials or how-to videos

More examples

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.