Puppet Pals HD
- script writing
- conveying messages effectively
- multiple forms of expression
- making new creations
ProsThemed character packs guide the basic story while other options and voice recording let students' imagination flow.
ConsMost character packs and use-your-own images require in-app purchases.
Bottom LinePuppet Pals HD is a fun, creative way to help students learn thematic storytelling.
Free (in-app purchases)
Save and export creations.
Common Sense Reviewer
Your own photos, as well as fun, themed character packs -- which include things like U.S. historical figures and knights and princesses -- can be added to the initial pack via in-app purchase for more engaging story-creating sessions.
Students can learn how each part of the creative process works to form a story as they make decisions about which backgrounds and characters to use in each scene, how to size them and move them around, and which audio to record.
There are very few instructions, and data is limited to the elapsed time of each saved video. There's a helpful Parent and Teacher User Guide on the developer's website.
Puppet Pals can be incorporated into classroom lessons about about history, current events, science, storytelling, literary genres, and more. Read the helpful guide with lesson ideas on the developer's website (specifically created for Puppet Pals 2 but also applicable to this version), which also includes tips to use the specific features of this app most effectively. Multiple students can work on a storyline together, incorporating story sound effects and voice acting for each character. Or, individual students can use this as a presentation or storytelling tool. Teachers may want to use one of the historical-based character packs (American history figures, characters from Medieval times, or Thanksgiving) or the current U.S. political figures pack to enliven the lessons in a unique, memorable way.Read more Read less
Puppet Pals HD offers an easy way for students to create and record their own storytelling scenes and develop fun voice-acting skills. Simply tap "Press to Start" and choose up to eight themed, move-able sticker-like characters from the available theme packs (in-app purchase required for most). Next, select up to five backgrounds. Swipe and pinch to place, resize, and move the characters within the background. Tap to record audio or swap backgrounds, then save and give the performance a title. The app includes one set of characters and sets, Fairy Tale, and there are others available for purchase at $0.99 each (or $4.99 for the full Director's Pass). Sets include American historical figures, politicians, wild west, pirates, and one called "War & Peace," which features people from the past who are known for war- or peace-making, such as Mother Teresa. The ability to cut people out of your real-life photos and use them as puppets or add backgrounds also requires an in-app purchase.Read more Read less
Students can learn about digital storytelling using Puppet Pals HD. While recording their own audio, students practice speaking clearly. If working with others, they can learn creative collaboration and dialogue. They can also observe how multiple forms of expression -- visuals, movement, voice acting, and sound effects -- come together to tell a story. When teachers provide some background information about the famous people in history or current politicians included as characters, students can also learn more subject-specific information in a memorable way.Read more Read less
Key Standards Supported
Speaking & Listening
|SL.K: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.K.6||Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.|
|SL.1: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.1.5||Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.|
|SL.2: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.2.5||Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.|
See how teachers are using Puppet Pals HD
- Easy-to-Use App for Creating a Digital Puppet Show!Jana S.
Mt. Lebanon School District
Pittsburgh, PA4January 23, 2015
- Students share their creativity through puppet show presentations!5December 9, 2014