Use Toontastic 3D to give students a creative outlet while teaching them the basics of a story arc and plot points. Since there's only a basic introduction to each part of a story, teachers can help walk students through the basics of the story arc (setup, conflict, challenge, climax, and resolution) and explore each point in more detail. Explore other works of literature, or watch a puppet show or theater performance, and analyze how the plot follows that basic story arc (setup to resolution). Then let students choose their scenery and characters or draw their own from scratch, record their own dialogue telling a story, and choose appropriate music. Stories can be purely imaginative, or they can touch on other learning topics such as historical events, science discoveries, new takes on classic literature, and more. Teachers should note that Toontastic 3D is not compatible with older devices; make sure your classroom's devices are on the compatibility list before planning a download.Continue reading Show less
Just as with the original Toontastic app, Toontastic 3D is a storytelling app for iOS, Android, and select Chromebooks that's inspired by puppetry, theater, and animation. This version, produced in partnership with Google, offers a new spin on the tried-and-true format with the addition of 3D scenes and characters. Creators choose from three story options: short story, classic story, and science report. Each comes with a basic story outline -- set, conflict, challenge, climax, and resolution -- and a brief overview of what each plot point means. For each plot point, students can use the included sets and 3D characters (including options from the popular Cars and Fruit Ninja franchises), or design their own with simple drawing tools. To create, students just tap to start recording and then move characters and props around, explore the set, and narrate the story. Each scene can record up to 60 seconds of voice narration and movement. The last step is to add an appropriate musical score. Once finished, story pieces are put together in a single video. To access all the creative options, students will need access to the camera roll and microphone.
Toontastic 3D puts students in the director's seat and gives them free rein to let their creative side shine in a flexible and easy-to-use storytelling platform. It may take some experimentation to get the hang of the different ways to customize a story, but the basics of dragging and moving characters around while narrating a story are super easy. The original Toontastic set a very high bar, however, and this version does take a couple steps back. The new 3D visual style does look cool, but, as of this review, there are fewer preloaded graphics, no props, pared-down drawing tools, and greatly simplified story-building supports. The addition of the "science report" story option is a great idea to get students familiar with the scientific process. However, since this concept is a bit more complicated than simply using your imagination to create a story, it could use some extra support. Each step is briefly defined, but students then are on their own to figure out how to translate that into actual action or storytelling. Thankfully Toontasic 3D keeps the wonderful feature where students can influence the moods of their story by adding music with differing degrees of intensity. Despite the limitations in this new version, Toontastic 3D is still a great storytelling platform. When everything is put together, students get a story that they made, that looks and sounds great, and that is truly something they can be proud of!
Key Standards Supported
Speaking & Listening
Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation.
Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.
Speak in complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.
Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Add audio recordings and visual displays to presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
Differentiate between contexts that call for formal English (e.g., presenting ideas) and situations where informal discourse is appropriate (e.g., small-group discussion); use formal English when appropriate to task and situation.
Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation.
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