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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Digital Storytelling in the Classroom = Building Better Writers

Hello everyone!  It may have been awhile but I wanted to pop in today to show you a fun app that my daughter and I have been playing with during the break..

I am an avid educational technology lover! If it can be used in a classroom, I'm the first to buy it! I use all sorts of techie gear in my room..IWB, document camera, iPods, an iPad and whatever else I can get my hands on!

I have an iPad app called Puppet Pals. It is a wonderful storytelling app in which students can use puppets to tell a story and record it to play back as a video. I think it would great for my ESOL students! Writing is a very difficult task for my kiddies. I have some students that are unable to write more than a paragraph. However, when asked to verbally tell a story, they really shine!

This app is SO much fun! In class, I hope to have students use the app to tell a story. Once their story is told, they can then go back and listen to and write their own story! It's almost like dictation! I'll bet thatMy kids  willbeg to use it during writers workshop. It really helps with generating ideas and keeping a story organized.

As a special treat, here are some stories created by my little one.  If you are looking for a great addition to your toolbox, look no further!

Aren't they fun? The app is free and comes with a few characters but the downloadable content is fantastic! I hope you find the app as fun as I do!

Best wishes,

And pop in to my TeachersPayTeachers store for even more!


  1. Hi Randi,
    Thanks for blogging about this fun app. At the end of this month our students will be encouraged to BYOD (Bring Their Own Device) to school. We have been researching many educational apps to locate the best ones to use in our classrooms. This one is awesome and I just love what your kids did with it. The no kissing comments are precious. I must say you have a very creative child making the "Goofy Child" movie, will all of those sounds! I can't tell which is my favorite, gurgling monsters, cackling witch, or howling werewolf! So cute!!!
    3rd Grade Grapevine

    1. I've also mentioned you and linked your post on my blog.