With great explicit instruction from Mrs. Neumann and Mrs. Stafford at the Fessenden-Bowdon Elementary School, the 4th grade team of students used an app call PuppetPal HD to create digital stories. All of the students used this app to create a short story using backgrounds, images, and voice recordings. I heard about their work and wanted to sweeten the pot a little bit, so I donated a $25 iTunes gift card to the student who created the winning video. The things I looked for when choosing the winner was:
- Meaning behind the story
- Character action & voices
ALL of the videos are AWESOME and I recommend you take a look here –> Mrs. Neumann’s Page
And the winner of the 2013 PuppetPals app contest is…
Farmer Joe by Madison
Congraduations Madison! I hope you and all of your classmates have a successful school year and thanks for letting me watch your videos. Winning video is embedded below.
Here are my comments for each video–(video comments are in NO order)
- Farmer Joe by Madison: The voice of Farmer Joe was awesome and the vocabulary words you used like exclaimed were a great addition. I loved your first sentence. It was funny, creative and I knew exactly what the story was going to be about. Congrats again!
- The First Man in Space by Mathew: I loved the sound effects of the spaceship and the colorful monster. Great ending when both characters were laughing and fell on the ground. Outstanding job!
- Pinkie and the Missing Pig by Emily B.: I like the movement of the indian girl from far away to close up. You created wonderful character voices and I hope Pinky didn’t get turned into bacon! 🙂
- Farmer Bob by Jaxon: You did a great job at describing the day and time at the beginning. I loved the addition of the cow at the end, it made me laugh! Wonderful job!
- Lizzie, Jeffrey and Crow by Joelle: I loved the way you had the crow pick up Jeffrey. I’m also glad that the characters all became friends in the end of the story. Great work!
- Two Little Indians by Alison: Your expression was great and you also did an excellent job at using vocabulary words like fled. You have a great reading voice! Exceptional story!
- The Prince and Princess by Angie: You have a great voice for telling stories and I like the way you “zapped” the witch away. Excellent use of the vocabulary word unbelievable. Great story!
- First Sheep in Space by Seth: Your expression and voices made the story come alive. Great job at showing how the sheep got back to earth. I loved the ending, “Just call me baaarney!” Superb work!
- How Grinch Stole the Presents by Emily S.: You used the many backgrounds and did awesome at switching them. I love the way you made the little girl look around for her presents. Excellent video!
- The Missing Tractor by Jarrett: You used great expression in your voice to explain the story. I liked the way you added different backgrounds and the use of the vocabulary word exclaimed. Terrific job!
- Around the World by Sydney: You did a great job at naming all of your characters at the beginning of the story. Also, by making the characters bigger than the others added to the story. Great job!
- A Farmer’s Dream by Jaytan: When the farmer almost forgot his cow I laughed hard! You also did a great job at the little green monster’s voice. Excellent work!