Teacher Review for Toontastic

Engaging digital storytelling

Monica E.
School support staff
PS274 - The New American Academy at Roberto Clemente State Park
Bronx, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, English-Language Learning
My Rating
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have my students plan their story out with pictures on a graphic organizer. They choose characters for each scene and settings prior to creating their story in the app. They plan out what will happen in each part of the story and what they want characters to say. Students then create their stories using Toontastic. They refer to their graphic organizer to help them as they create in the app. Students work independently and with teacher guidance. Some students work in pairs as well. Students have used their imaginations to create stories about space. Others have created elaborate fairytales. They record their voices to tell what is happening in the story and use different voices to make each character speak. Once published students enter my email address and I receive an email telling me their story is ready to publish. Once I approve the email their story is published on the ToonTube and other classmates view it and provide feedback by giving "likes".
My Take
This is an engaging app that is easy and fun to use! Its perfect for use with ELLs and special needs students. It incorporates the story arc so that students can create stories that are well developed. It includes a conflict, challenge, climax and resolution. Toontastic provides an engaging way for struggling writers to create stories that include many details and a planned out beginning, middle and end . I like that students are able to plan their stories by choosing characters and a variety of settings. They can also record their voices to tell their story which is a great way for ELLs to practice speaking skills. Toontastic provides an easy and fun way for students to publish stories and kids really get a kick out of seeing their name in the credits once their story is complete. Once completed kids have the option to publish their story to the ToonTube (in the app) and their stories will appear on the Toontastic website (with adult permission via email confirmation). This is a great feature that allows students to share their stories with others not only in the classroom, but worldwide as well. Once published the share feature allows stories to be shared via email, on twitter or facebook. That's a great way to share stories with parents! Kids can also view stories created by others around the world and rate those stories with a "like". Toontastic is tons of fun and kids love it!