Teacher Review for Toontastic

Quick way to create digital stories with a concrete way to include tone by music selection.

Emily T.
Classroom teacher
Homestead Elementary School
Centennial, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
I had my fourth grade students pair up with their kindergarten buddies to write a digital story together in small groups. The kindergarteners had been studying main characters, setting, problem and solution. My class had been working on tone, as well as all of the story elements. They created a script together, chose characters, and created a story. The kindergarteners focused on the basic parts of a story and the fourth graders had to choose music that would match the tone of the tale they were trying to tell. I used some planning pages that I printed ahead of time to ensure that the time we spent with the kindergarteners was well utilized. My class had used the app previously, so truly were the experts.
My Take
I like this as a digital storytelling tool. I think the planning pages are helpful ahead of time so that the time spent on the app is maximized. The free version doesn't have a lot of characters to choose from, but is sufficient. I didn't like that you can't save it to the camera roll. That makes sharing out with parents or others difficult. My students loved watching all of the stories in the end.