At TeachMeet Nottingham, Friday 30th March, I spoke about my work with Apps Based Learning on iPad and how Puppet Pals and Morpho Booth has been effective in bringing story language to life in my Reception class.
Earlier in the Spring Term 2012, I wrote about the iPad Workshop which I organised at my school with the support of European Electronique (@euroele) and Neil Emery (@neilemerydotcom). Since then I have been busy planning and resourcing opportunities for my Reception class to make the best use of apps in the classroom.
Using an iPad VGA adapter, which I wrote about a few weeks ago, I was able to connect the school’s iPad to my projector in order to model the use of Puppet Pals and Morfo Booth to my class. As a whole class we used these apps to retell parts of The Gruffalo story, using language patterns from the story.
Afterwards, the children worked in groups of 4 to create their own Puppet Pals and Morpho Booth faces on the iPad. This was achieved using only 2 iPads, proving that classrooms can achieve apps based learning with only 1 or 2 tablets! Afterwards, children were eager to write on Gruffalo themed speech bubbles available in the writing table. I also want to reinforce that very little support from adults was needed. The only time I felt I needed to intervene was when children needed to ‘speak up’ because of background noise.
Puppet Pals example:
Morfo Booth example:
At TeachMeet I was asked what the next steps would be for other year groups using iPads for story telling. I suggested that children could use iMovie to import all of the saved media they have created in Morpho Booth or Puppet Pals, and also images saved from Google Images in Safari. This would create a movie version of the story, and they can edit transitions between clips along with titles and subtitles. I also suggested the use of Creative Book Builder App to import the same media but to create an eBook.
Visitors at TeachMeet also commented that Puppet Pals can use children’s own images. Children can draw characters and backgrounds on the iPad or using traditional paper and pencil and insert these in to the App (the iPad 2 camera can be used to photograph children’s drawings which can be inserted into the Puppet Pals App).