Puppet Pals and ToonTastic are two fantastic digital storytelling apps for the iPad which would be perfect for the classroom.
Both work in the same way. Press a record button and them moves the different characters around onscreen, telling your story through play. The apps will record and play back your animations and your voice as an animated cartoon which you can save and share.
Lights, Camera, Play! Toontastic is a Creative Learning tool that empowers kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons through imaginative play. Making cartoons with Toontastic is as easy as putting on a puppet show – simply press the record button, move your characters onscreen, and tell your stories through play!
You can even create your own characters using the built in drawing tool.
Toontastic costs £1.79 on the UK App store, but contains all the characters and scenes at no extra charge.
Puppet Pals works in the same way only the characters are less animated when they move and you cannot create your own characters. Character packs include talk show hosts and US politicians.
The Puppet Pals App is free and comes with Wild West. For more scenes and characters you have to make in-app purchases of about 59p per pack, or you can buy a Directors Pass for £2.39 with all the character packs included.
Both are really exciting tools – and would make creating a story quite engaging for many learners. Well worth checking out if you have an iPad.