Personalize Folktells

Personalization

Personalize Folktells

There are a number of ways to make Folktells friendlier and more accessible to the primary user(s). The app greetings can use the user’s name and location. Folktells can be set up for varying levels of comfort with mobile tablets and phones.

iOS or Android accessibility settings are available where you can choose different voices, change font sizes, and even prevent Folktells from being closed by accident.

Learn how to personalize Folktells and how to use other Folktells features in less than one minute with our Show & Tell tutorial series on YouTube!

user name settings

Tell Folktells who is using it

When first installed, Folktells shows the greeting in the header with the word ‘Folks’ as the name. This name is used in the header, and also in the story announcements.

To update the name of the person using the app:

  1. Tap the menu icon in the top left.
  2. Select the Settings option.
  3. From the Personalize tab, expand the Name section.
  4. Enter the name into the Name field.
  5. Scroll down the settings screen to update other options.
  6. Tap the back button at the top of Settings when finished to return to the main screen.
location settings

Set up the location for the weather display

Assuming that the device is connected to the internet, Folktells displays the current weather in the header, and the detailed forecast for the upcoming few days when the header is tapped and expanded.

  1. Tap the menu icon in the top left.
  2. Select the Settings option.
  3. From the Personalize tab, expand the Location section.
  4. In the City or Address field, type the location to use and tap the search button.
  5. Tap the back button at the top of Settings when finished to return to the main screen.
user type settings

Choose the type of user and preferred display type

For many people the default settings for user type will work just fine. But for those who are easily confused by technology and tend to get lost by accidentally tapping things with unexpected results, there are a couple of in-app options that can help:

  • Storyteller: in storyteller mode, all options, settings, and edit behaviour is enabled. Storyteller mode is designed for people to set up the app for friends and family who may not be comfortable or capable of setting the device up themselves. When storyteller is toggled off a few things change in the user experience.
    • Only Settings will appear on the menu.
    • A PIN is needed to enter the settings in order to make further changes. The PIN is 1234, and is not customizable. This is not meant to offer any security, it is simply there to prevent inadvertent changes to the settings. Users who are comfortable with technology and can remember the PIN are able to enter the settings and make updates.
    • The edit control on the whiteboard is hidden.
    • The edit and favourite controls on the stories in the story selector are hidden.
    • Stories that have been deselected as favourites when in storyteller mode will not appear in the story selector or as featured stories.
  • Simplified: this mode is designed for people who find too much colour and detail to be confusing and need things to be simpler. When simplified is toggled on a few further things change in the user experience.
    • The clock in the header shows the day of the week and the general time of day – i.e. Wednesday Afternoon.
    • The header no longer shows the weather images and instead has a solid background colour.
    • Tapping on the header no longer expands it to show details about the weather.
    • The time frames for the calendar events is shortened to keep the number of upcoming events short and easy to understand.
To update the user type:
  1. Tap the menu icon in the top left.
  2. Select the Settings option.
  3. From the Personalize tab, expand the Mode section.
  4. Use the toggles to turn Storyteller and/or Simplified on or off
  5. Tap the back button at the top of Settings when finished to return to the main screen.
night clock settings simple night clock

Set up the night clock

During the night hours, a night clock replaces the main screen of Folktells in order to dim the display, and to remind people with dementia that it is night time and they should stay in bed. The hours that the night clock is displayed can be customized.

  1. Tap the menu icon in the top left.
  2. Select the Settings option.
  3. From the Personalize tab, expand the Night clock section.
  4. Tap the start time.
  5. Select the time you would like the night clock to replace the main screen. To use the time picker, first select the hour, then the minute. Ensure that you select AM or PM as appropriate. (If you use the 24 clock on your device, you won’t need to do this.)
  6. Tap Ok.
  7. Tap the end time and select the time you want the night clock to turn off.
  8. Tap the back button at the top of Settings when finished to return to the main screen.

To show the day and time period of the day (as shown in the image) instead of the actual time, toggle Simplified on in the Mode section above.

accessibility settings

Choose accessibility features

Both Apple and Android devices have accessibility features for those who have poor vision. Those features are fairly complicated to use, and frequently not well suited to those suffering from dementia. Folktells has some simpler accessibility settings that can be toggled on & off. To customize them:

  1. Tap the menu icon in the top left.
  2. Select the Settings option.
  3. From the Personalize tab, expand the Accessibility section.
  4. Speak on Tap: when this feature is toggled on, tapping on certain areas of the screen causes the content there to be spoken aloud. Supported areas are the header which displays the user name, time, date, & local weather and the calendar events.
  5. Read stories aloud: when this feature is toggled on, stories and messages are read out loud so that content can be enjoyed while looking at the pictures. This can also be turned on and off while looking at a story or message slideshow from the control panel at the bottom of the photo.
  6. Tap the back button at the top of Settings when finished to return to the main screen.

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