Digital Story Telling using Puppet Pals
Q: How do you teach primary students to write stories when they barely know how to spell their own names?
A: Teach them the basic elements of a story and get them to record their voices on the iPad using Puppet Pals HD Director’s Pass.
Any time I am introducing a new app, I always give my students time to just explore the app on their own. I encourage them to just press any buttons to see what they can figure out. Most of the time, students are very good at exploring and figuring out what button does what. This also gets all the bugs out of their system and they can focus better.
I started with the free Puppet Pals app and taught kindergartens and grade 1s how to select characters, move them, flip them, change the size of them, change the back drop, and record their voices.
With the paid Puppet Pals HD Director’s Pass, the students can take photos of themselves and turn themselves into a puppet. They can also take photos of the hall way, the play ground and use those images as back drops. The options for adding characters also increases as you can add pirates, zombies, politicians, monsters and more.
Starfall: Learn the alphabet, letter sounds, and sight words.
Tumble Books: Log in to your public library to access free online books.
Sumdog: All sorts of fun free math challenges. Teachers will have to create logins for kids.
Khan Academy: Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, that empower learners to study at their own pace. It tackles math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Teachers/parents will have to create a free account for the students/children.
Hour of Code: Free online resource to teach kids how to use codes to program.