This is my 8th year in education, I have taught Pre-Kindergarten and Third Grade, was a district technology coach for two years and now am the district librarian and technology coach. In my 8 years I have been at 3 very different districts and have loved every minute. I have learned something from every single teacher I have met and every single classroom that I enter. I started my blog as a way to keep track of all of the amazing things that I was seeing and learning and hope that somewhere along the line I can help someone learn something new! Now on with the post!
One of my favorite free apps to use in the classroom is Sock Puppets. This in itself is a free app but it does have the option for several in app purchases. I have only used the free content with students. The features that I highlight in the Sock Puppets app will be the free features unless specifically mentioned.
This app allows you to create a high tech sock puppet play. You can select up to four different puppets for your play, choose a background, and select props and scenery. Once the stage is set you create a 30 second recording of your play. The sock puppets mouths move when you talk and you change the puppet who is talking by touching it. The app changes your voice so it is very non threatening for students. Here is a quick 30 second video demonstrating the final product of the app.
While the app seems simple at first, let me tell you, it has been amazing! I have used it with my three year old daughter to practice social scripts in preparation for her first day of preschool. We have used it as a reader's theatre allowing each group to practice prior to the final recording and then shared the final version with the class. To increase fluency by practice reading to the puppets. The uses are truly unlimited! Check it out and let us know what you think of this app! Do you have any other potential uses? Thanks!