Looking for an app that can be used at any level, K-12? Toontastic is that app.
Initially offered as a free app with in-app purchases, Toontastic lets anyone become their own storyteller. Through a step-by-step process, you choose your background, characters, props, and even built-in background music. But where the app really excels and gives students creative freedom is the story plot. Toontastic has a “Story Arc” that allows up to five scenes to tell the story that follows the plot scheme of all stories. Great for teaching story development.
Manipulation of characters is also a key feature that expands the creative boundaries. While telling a story you can move a whole character while the limbs move automatically or you can move limbs individually. You can even pinch in or out to make the character bigger or smaller. Want to rotate a character? Use two fingers once again to rotate in any direction.
When you are finished recording a scene, you can change the mood and Toontastic will choose a classical song for you.
Once your story is complete, You can export it as a video that stays within the Toontastic app, or you can export it to the Toontastic website, ToonTube. Unfortunately, those are the only ways to export.
With a little creativity from the teacher, this app can be very versatile and used a number of different ways.
How Students Could Use Toontastic
- To help develop a short story.
- To learn/practice strong dialogue within writing.
- To review vocabulary words from any subject by putting them in a different context.
- To demonstrate understanding in various subjects on various topics.
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