Tried It Tuesday: Puppet Pals

 

Happy Spring everyone! Kansas has been crazy with gorgeous weekends of spring temperatures, and wacky weeks full of rain and snow. I guess I'm glad it works that way.. that way I can enjoy my weekends to fullest.

I'm back for Holly's Tuesday Tried It. I thought I would get off of my iPad app kick after last weeks post. Then something happened last week that inspired this post. So I'm back again with another free app!

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Last week I thought I shared a great idea for my MTSS group: using Sock Puppets to share what we had learned about complex consonants in 30 seconds or less. The sock puppets were cute, the kids liked it, the activity/informal assessment was great, there was a good response from many of you Tuesday night after I posted.

Then Wednesday happened.

Wednesday, my little MTSS group met again. This time, a little guy who had been sick the day before was back. I started to explain what I wanted him to do, as well as finish sharing our projects. He stopped me midway through explaining and asked me why we weren't using Puppet Pals.

I politely had to say I hadn't heard of the app.

Sometimes, with the big mass downloads, the kids get several new apps while it takes awhile for the teacher iPads to get the same ones. Well, the kid was right. This app rocked the socks off the sock puppets. {Though I still think that app can be utilized.}

You can choose from a ton of characters, record longer, better backgrounds. It's just better. Annnnd you can save to your camera roll without purchasing an upgrade like in sock puppets. It amazes me how well my students can navigate and teach me about iPads on a daily basis.



Here is an example of how to use the app.

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Then today I discovered another great free app. So we see if I can wait till next week to post or maybe I will post it sooner :) 



10 comments

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  2. I really like this, but I always end up using Toontastic more, becaue I splurged and got all the characters (totally worth it though). We will use these for a wide variety of things and are great for social stories (whether we make them ourselves or have the students create them.

    These app are soo good for some many different things...basically limitless and completely engaging.

    matt
    Digital: Divide & Conquer

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  3. This looks awesome. I am going to have to download it to my ipad ASAP. Thanks for sharing!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

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  4. Another awesome app review that I am happily storing for after testing! I think it will be fun for my PM classes to play with an iPad when they are done- this will be the first thing I try with them!

    -Maria
    Everyone deServes to Learn

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  5. Great app! I so wish I had ipads in my intervention classroom :( Maybe someday....

    Anyway...I am your newest follower. I am sooooo excited I have found another Kansas blogger!!! Love it!

    Katie
    Mind Sparks

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  6. This is so fun!!! We don't have ipads at my school... but I'm think I may be asking with Donors Choose!
    Jivey
    ideas by jivey
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  7. I just heard about this app over the weekend. Haven't tried it yet, but thanks for sharing about it!

    Jessica
    Literacy Spark

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  8. I think that my girls would dig this app. Off to get it!

    Diane
    Fifth in the Middle

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  9. This looks great! I need to download and explore! Did you end with a teaser? hehe:)
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  10. Christy, I love that you used a video (first of all - I love making videos). Second of all, I love this! What a great way to represent students in a virtual way. They can choose characters they are familiar, too! Great for social stories, to use as presentation tools, or virtually anything else!

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees
    ventrellasara@gmail.com

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