Teacher Review For Toontastic

Unless you're willing to pay, the app shouldn't stay (on your iPad)

Wendy S.
Media specialist/librarian
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 2
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 3
Support 2
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I could use this for a student who has trouble thinking of an idea for a story, but I think there are better options out there for that. Maybe a teacher could use this to model story structure, but I won't suggest it to students for writing anymore.
My Take
This is one of those deceiving apps that frustrates students. It is free but requires in-app purchases to be very useful. The students see all the characters and scenes they want to use, but they are locked unless you make a purchase. I do like the way it guides you through the story structure step-by-step. I think the visual and interaction will help students remember the parts of a story. However, with the limited number of images to select for free, student creativity in writing is stifled.