Teacher Review for Toontastic

Exciting Story Creation App

Jennifer A.
Classroom teacher
Montclaire Elementary School
Los Altos, United States
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My Subjects Math, Health & Wellness
My Rating
Learning Scores
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
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
My students use Toontastic to create a variety of projects. We use it for story creation but also for showing understanding of different content. For example, my students often use Toontastic to demonstrate knowledge at the end of a science or social studies unit or to "teach" someone else about school rule. We have the paid version. It is pricey, but there is a lot in the app and my students never tire of it. It works well to sometimes create a short project with just a single scene and pre-created characters. We have also had success with 5 scene projects in which students create and add their own characters. The only downside to the latter is that I have to allow plenty of time. The interface is easy to use and there are very few words so early readers and ELL students can access it successfully. The creativity factor is fantastic.
My Take
I like all the character packs and the accompanying backgrounds. They are useful for different projects and the students like to find just the right one. Students love choosing theme music and that has gone well with talking about setting mood. The ToonTube site makes it easy to store projects and to find them. I like that I review work before it is uploaded. The ability to add different number of scenes makes differentiation easy both for different students and for projects/activities of different complexities.