Teacher Review for Toontastic

Super tool for students to use story building skills!

Cresta K.
Classroom teacher
Allegany County Public Schools
Cumberland, 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
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I used this product with my students-special education students with significant disabilities- and it was a fantastic way for them to show their skills with using story elements to build a story! We used it first as a whole group activity, where I had created a story using a familiar fairy tale. Next we worked together as a class to illustrate a fairy tale that we had read earlier in circle; I had projected the iPad on my whiteboard for students to see how I was using the app. Then students worked one on one with me in a center to create their own story; I was there to support their use of the app itself but students mainly needed support with typing words.
My Take
I think this is a highly effective tool to use with any level of student that allows for student creativity to shine! I believe that teachers can differentiate the use of this app easily within their classrooms by providing support in small groups. In addition, the app is visually appealing, and leads quickly to student satisfaction and positive experiences for students of all learning levels. On the SAMR model I think this app could fall under Augmentation if students use it only for what they could do with pen and paper when creating a story. Yet I feel that when they use it to unlock their creativity and empower their story building skills, then this app moves up the model into the Redefinition level-especially when these are students that had previously not been able to tap into their full potential due to their disability.