Teacher Review for Toontastic

This tool really lets students have fun with story elements!

Jennifer O.
Classroom teacher
SHAPE American Middle School
APO, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, World Languages, English-Language Learning
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I teach an after school English class for the advanced ELL students in 4th grade; we had been working on story elements and since our school doesn't have access to lots of devices I couldn't do this during the school day. But in my after school group of 8 students it was perfect! First, I had students write up a story arch as well as a first draft of the story including characters, plot, resolution, etc. This must be done because the pedagogy in the app is not that strong. It was good for them to review these elements then they used the app to bring their stories to life! They applied music, their own drawings and even narration! At the end of this project we even had a "Short Film Festival" because these products can be turned into mp4 movies! The student creators and their classmates (the audience) loved it!
My Take
I really enjoyed working with this app because it gave students an opportunity to bring their stories to life! they also were able to see what worked on paper and what didn't work in narration. It definitely was a team-work oriented app and students had to share the device; I liked seeing them work out their disagreements. At the