Teacher Review For Toontastic

Stories with Structure

Michelle K.
Instructional Technology Specialist
South Western School District
Hanover, PA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Kindergarten students completed a four square organizer to generate a set of cohesive ideas for a short story. Then we moved to the iPad app and worked to select a background and characters for the story. For Kindergarten, we used a 3 part story, but the app allows for the inclusion of many events. Each event has a background and characters. The characters can be re-colored, if the student desires. Once those are selected, students add audio and then select an emotion which sets the music for that story segment. In the end, the story is put together into a video that can be shared by email or through a Toon Tube (free) account. The students learned about telling a story in more than one scene and were able to navigate the app in groups of two very easily!
My Take
Toontastic has a great method for creating multimedia stories. Students have the opportunity to learn about the building blocks of story writing as they weave characters, emotion, and thoughts together in a creative way.