Teacher Review For Toontastic

Toontastic is a creative, multi-use digital storytelling app.

Julia T.
Media specialist/librarian
Mellon Middle School
Pittsburgh, PA
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Rating 5
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
Individual
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used Toontastic with struggling reader's to retell parts of novels that they have read for class in order to improve comprehension. Students have also taken it a step further and used it to create new endings to various chapters and to the novel as a whole. They have also created epilogues to the novels using Toontastic. Struggling readers and ELL students have found this a useful and FUN tool!
My Take
Toontastic allows students to create original stories, retell stories for comprehension, or rework stories in a hands-on and creative manner. The app provides the elements of the story arc (setup, conflict, challenge, climax, and resolution) that the students can follow or rearrange to their liking. A bountiful selection of backgrounds, characters, and props are available or students can draw a background or use a picture from the device on which they are working. The device speaker is used to record which is good for when more than one student is working on a Toon, but can pick up outside sounds as well. Completed Toons can be viewed on the device or shared on Toontastic's own ToonTube.