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Felt Board

Felt Board

Felt Board is a paid app that uses felt textured backgrounds, characters, and objects to engage students in open-ended story telling and imaginative play. The app has a variety of theme based menus from which students drag and drop objects onto a pre-selected ‘felt’ background. Intuitive features like pinching make it easy to resize, turn and scale objects in the scene.  The app is also very clever about automatic resizing, for instance automatically resizing the clothes or face a student selects and drags onto an enlarged or reduced body shape. Students can also take a picture of their creation with the built in camera tool or save it to the app’s gallery window.  While this app is ideal for younger students, it has a wide variety of storytelling potential, especially in combination with other apps, for older primary aged children.  It may also be beneficial for EAL, Learning Support and Counselling.

Felt Board is suitable for Early Childhood, Lower Primary and Upper Primary

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Puffin

Puffin

Puffin is a paid web browsing app that allows users to access flash based websites via support a cloud network. It functions as an alternative internet browsing option to Apple’s native Safari internet app.  According to Puffin’s website, it’s limitations are the following:

  •  The data centers of Puffin Web Browser are in the US and the cloud servers can only access public web sites from US geolocations.
  • For users outside the US, local content, especially videos of local interest, may not be accessible from the US due to geo-restrictions in your home country.
  • Due to the Internet censorship, Puffin Browser service is blocked in China and Saudi Arabia.

More information is located on Puffin’s main website.  Puffin also offers a free version of its app that operates only during ‘off-peak’ hours, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Puffin is suitable for Lower Primary, Upper Primary and Secondary.