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High School Students Create and Publish Multimedia Personal Stories

The English and Language Arts Common Core curriculum puts a big emphasis is on developing writing skills, but there are also requirements that students to learn to publish writing digitally and learn how to use digital tools and multimedia to effectively explain ideas (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.6, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.2.A). Scott added Shadow Puppet to a 9th grade creative writing assignment to work towards meeting these ELA technology standards.

The best thing about Shadow Puppet is hands down the ease of use. The most important thing about using a technology tool is that it’s simple enough that students can learn it quickly so learning how to use the tool doesn’t distract from learning the content of the lesson.”

The creative writing project was based on the public radio show “This I Believe”. After listening to sample radio essays, each student wrote a personal essay about the values that guide their lives. Then they took photos to support and illustrate their essay. Scott encouraged the students to use their own photos to make the work more personal, rather than finding images online.

Using Shadow Puppet, the students were able to visualize the assignment better and refine their message. They told better stories after going through the process of writing, choosing images, revising and recording. Their teacher and I were both really thrilled with the results.”

Creating a visual story with Shadow Puppet also resonated with the students more than the typical essay or presentation.

The kids were very proud of their projects. They showed their videos people outside of class, which usually doesn’t happen with an essay. It’s a huge goal for us to have them work on projects that can have a real audience outside of the classroom, instead of projects that are finished and destined for the dumpster.”

Another big focus at Scott’s school is the creation of digital portfolios. Each student has a portfolio and they present their best work at a capstone presentation at the end of each year.

The goal of the portfolios is for the students to demonstrate how they’re working towards achieving six 21st Century skills: creativity, critical thinking, communication, leadership, teamwork and perseverance. All of the students who made videos with Shadow Puppet are including them in their capstone presentations.”

Ideas for Using Shadow Puppet in High School
  • Create a visual personal essay
  • Present findings from a research project or experiment
  • Practice foreign language speaking skills
  • Create a virtual museum of art projects
  • Act out creative narratives as a group
  • Describe how to solve a math problem

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High School Students Create and Publish Multimedia Personal Stories using Shadow Puppet Educational App for iPhone and iPad

Scott Walker, Tech Integration Specialist

Scott is a Tech Integration Specialist at a public high school in Danville, Kentucky.

His school has several shared iPad carts that can be checked out by teachers for use in lessons.


 
Shadow Puppet educational app ideas for high school students
Ideas for Using Shadow Puppet in High School

  • Create a visual personal essay
  • Present findings from a research project or experiment
  • Practice foreign language speaking skills
  • Create a virtual museum of art projects
  • Act out creative narratives as a group
  • Describe how to solve a math problem