Review by Megan Leppla, Common Sense Education | Updated June 2014
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Photo- and video-editing tool captures the world with a cartoon lens

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  • Arts

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Pros: Cartoons can be stored in-app and easily shared across a variety of platforms.

Cons: Needs more educational resources on how to use the photo- and video-editing techniques.

Bottom Line: Engaging tool may require a focused prompt to get kids thinking about how to use the available options.

You might consider using ToonCamera to add a fictional layer to the world around you. Students can capture photos or video to tell a story. Cartoon filters add a playful effect to the standard image, and may even encourage students to get creative with the content they’re capturing. Encourage students to explore the various filters and settings, challenging them to achieve different effects and styles with the same image. Consider using prompts that get students thinking about the moods of their cartoon creations and the narratives they can construct with them. Students can work in pairs or individually; no login is required to get started.

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Photo- and video-editing tool that transforms images into cartoons opens with an image of users' real surroundings seen as a cartoon -- it’s as if you’re looking through a cartoon lens! Kids access tools at the bottom of the screen to change modes (camera, video, or album) or styles (cartoon or line), or to access photos and videos on their devices. Once they've finished recording and editing, they have the option of saving their cartoons at normal resolution or high resolution. From there, kids are prompted to choose from a variety of ways to save and share their creations.

Although listed as a photo and video app, ToonCamera is really all about its illustration tools. Having the ability to switch between art styles and line quality lets kids see the effects of different editing techniques. As they capture images and videos, kids also can practice their composition and documentation skills. Although they can do the same thing with the standard camera on their own devices, kids may be more engaged and inspired by using the cartoon filters.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Camera cartoon filter, capture tool, and album are easy to use with fun results.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Kids explore and learn about basic photo and video composition and editing techniques.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Tools are easy to use, and additional information is accessible throughout.

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