I found that the 30 second time constraint on the story made it challenging to sequence the story with a beginning, middle and end. It required preparation in sequencing the story, and was a good pairs activity for manipulating the images and adding in the language. I can understand how, as was done with the Wiley Park trial, using a suitable picture book and the play based activity of using plastic toy animals is an effective way to scaffold this activity together with close teacher supervision.
Ipad App Review: Puppet Pals
Puppet Pals is an interactive app that allows children to embrace aspects of multimodal literacies in am exciting social context. The app allows students to create, a story.
With the Playschool App, Amy Bull and I created a dramatic story about Big Ted rescuing Jemima from drowning on the beach, using suitable props such as a tidal wave, lifeline, bucket and spade, and lifeguard beach flags.
With the Puppet Pals App, we chose the royal castle as our setting with a princess, knight and an evil green witch as our characters. We used different tones with our voices to act out the characters, such as a hissing voice and heckle for the witch. The handsome brave knight of course rescued the princess from the witch in our story.
Both Apps have a timer to indicate the remaining time (30 seconds) for recording. It goes so fast! Planning is key.