Teacher Review For Toontastic

Toontastic looked amazing with great story structure but proved too difficult for my second grade students.

Jennifer R.
Classroom teacher
Knotts Island Elementary School
Knotts Island, NC
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My Grades 1, 2
My Subjects Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 2
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Individual
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I tried to use the app to spark my upper level learner's interest in publishing a piece of writing. I had my students check out the settings and characters available, create a per-writing plan in a notebook then create their cartoon one frame at a time while recording their story. It was difficult for my students to adjust to frame by frame dialog and narration.
My Take
My students were highly engaged at first. Some even wanted to enter the pirate contest offered by Toontastic last year, but they rarely finished what they started and needed one- on-one instruction for entire project. I would like to try it again with older students.