As I play around with ways to use the iPad in the classroom, I came across a new app that I simply adore. Now, I know that sound a little frilly, but if anyone knows me, my passion foreducation is centered around technology. One of the areas that I have focused on in the past is digital storytelling using Web2.0 such as Xtranormal, Storybird and Voicethread. I’ve tried a few beta tools thatdidn’t pan out, but I enjoy the idea of students expressing themselves via technology. Well, I just so happened to come across another storytelling tool that I am thrilled to talk about: Toontastic. Toontastic was designed for educators to implement in the classroom on an iPad bywriting a storyline and adding animation and characters. It includes a study guide with questions such as “How many scenes are in your story?” and “What’s the conflict?”
Designed in partnership with Stanford’s Graduate School of Education and Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum, Toontastic inspires the artist and writer in every child while teaching key storytelling principles that help to promote Creativity at a young age.
Toontastic’s drawing tools bring kids’ wildest ideas to life alongside virtual playsets chock full of pirates, princesses, far away galaxies, and many other characters and settings to spark the imagination.
Cartoons can be shared online via ToonTube, Toontastic’s Global Storytelling Network, to help children connect to friends and family and learn about other cultures, customs, and lifestyles through stories created by their peers around the world.
Put a voice to your students creativity and animate their imagination with Toontastic.