graphic of 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.

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

Tell Folktells who is using it

graphic of user name settingsWhen 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.

Set up the location for the weather display

graphic showing location settingsAssuming 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.

Choose the type of user and preferred display type

graphic showing user mode settingsFor 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.