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Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

Welcome to the inventory of freely available online tools and open educational resources for language teaching and learning developed by the ICT-REV project! The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with specific criteria in mind. Read more

Puppet Pals 2

Puppet Pals 2 allows its users to create animated videos with voice and other sounds. You can choose your characters, put them on the stage, and record your voice. You can move your characters while recording, remove them from the stage and replace with other ones. After having recorded the video, you can save and share it.

Evaluation: This app is a fun way to boost creativity. You can invent a completely new story or retell your favourite existing one. The interesting thing is that you can not only use the standard characters and backgrounds but also import your own ones from the photo roll. This can be a useful tool to help students who don’t like to speak in public and foreign language students who want to improve their fluency or accent. You cannot edit the saved shows. However, you can import it into iMovie and edit them there.

Cost: Free with registration

Website: http://www.polishedplay.com/support-pp2

           

Categories

Principal function(s)
  • Story creation
Type of interaction
  • Group/pair work - classmates
  • Individual work
Content
  • You supply
Skill
  • Speaking

Usability

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: Medium
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Interface language(s): English
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: High. The company responsible for PuppetPals2 claims that no user information is collected, stored or shared. The app also doesn’t use cookies, yet they collect non-identifiable information through a standard analytic tool in order to trace bugs and improvement opportunities (more information at http://www.polishedplay.com/privacy/)
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: Yes
Possibility of the tool to be used for a  range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool) Tailorability (If so, how?) Yes, to some extent. Students can create, or re-create, stories the way they want, however, scenarios, puppets’ clothes and other objects are pre-defined by the app.

Interactivity

Technical requirements

Installation required? Yes
Compatibility/Operating System: iOS
Other tech requirements:
 
 
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