Teacher Review For Toontastic

Great app for story structure

Kathy V.
Technology coordinator
Edmonton AB, Canada
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My Grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Homework
Practice
Great with Advanced learners
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used this app in many different situations. My favorite use is with students who have special needs, it allows for as much or as little writing as a student is able to do. The graphic -comic book quality is also appealing for the reluctant writer. I have had students create a comic book as a retelling of a story we have read. A great way to assess comprehension!
My Take
Toontastic is a motivating way to teach students the elements of a story. I like that there are some wonderful options and choices for images, backgrounds and that there are not too many elements to choose from. I wish there were more 'theme packs' available for free as I think this would improve a great app. Also it takes a while for students to write a story at least 2-3 classes of 30-45 min each.