Toontastic's free version is limited to four scene templates (pirate, princess, space, and sea monster), which should satisfy most kids. However, you can purchase more scene options individually or unlock all scenes with a one-time $19.99 purchase of the app's All Access Pass; the pass is also available as a $2.99 monthly subscription.
You can set up a free ToonTube account to share Toontastic creations with the app's global network community. An email address and unique ToonTube username/password are required. This info can be shared with any number of people or devices, allowing multiple users to create in the same account. ToonTube account setup just requires an email account and a unique ToonTube username/password that can be shared with others. All cartoons created with a ToonTube account default to private and can be made public by the account holder. Bonus: iPads running iOS 6 can share creations to Facebook directly from ToonTube.
Multiple iPads can be configured in the classroom with the same account as well. You can enter the account email/password used for the ToonTube account, and each time a student creates and uploads a cartoon, you'll receive an email to approve it for public viewing on ToonTube. You can also go to My Toons in the app or on the Toontastic website to see all the cartoons your students have posted. Additional support is also available inside the app at Launchpad Leaders (a forum showcasing teacher and parent learning plans) and at the developer's website at http://launchpadtoys.com/support/.
- multiple forms of expression
- making new creations
ProsKids can learn the process of effective storytelling and create impressive animated cartoons.
ConsWith no way to lock in the voice-over, kids may need to repeat narratives several times.
Bottom LineA fantastic digital storytelling tool that empowers kids to organize ideas, transforming them into entertaining animated cartoons.
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Toontastic is a powerful and engaging tool for digital storytelling. It's visually appealing, has great in-app support and sharing features, and relies on self-created animation and narration to tell stories.
A visually based interface uses images, animation, spoken words, and music to tell stories. Kids learn story structure by compiling elements (settings, characters, mood, etc.) into a visual Story Arc.
There's excellent in-app support for kids, teachers, and parents. The Parent & Teacher Guide outlines the Story Arc, and kids can tap the question mark at the top of each screen for help.
Toontastic is a digital storytelling tool that teaches kids how to organize and present story ideas through cartoons. It employs a "Story Arc" that contains five sequential scenes to guide story structure (Setup, Conflict, Challenge, Climax, and Resolution). Each scene in the arc drives the story forward, and kids can even change the order of the arc elements. Kids create original cartoon shorts scene by scene in the app's Story Arc. First they choose a setting, characters, and props from templates or their camera roll, or create them with the in-app drawing tool. They animate these items by moving them around the screen while speaking a narrative that's recorded by the iPad's built-in microphone. Last, they add a musical score based on emotions (friendly, happy, surprised, frustrated, sad, or nervous). Each emotion can be scaled up and down for intensity (happy, for instance, can be amped up to joyous and ecstatic).
The animation feature is especially impressive –- it's where kids add motion and narrative to propel their stories forward. Tap the Start Animation button to move characters or props on-screen and to speak a narrative (limit of seven animated characters/props and one recorded narrative per scene). Characters can be scaled and rotated using single and multi-touch gestures. Kids can share their videos online and watch other creations through Toontastic's global online community.Read More Read Less
You'll find a very engaging tool that teaches skills that can be applied to other story arts like writing, moviemaking, songwriting, storyboarding, and more. Students will be able to use their imagination while learning the essential elements of story structure. The interface is visually and aurally based –- kids use their voices, in-app images, and music to tell stories scene by scene along the arc. There's no text tool for scenes, though; in fact, kids can only add text at the very end when titling their creation.
There's a wide range of things students can do in Toontastic. They create original cartoon shorts, scene by scene, using images for settings, characters, and props (the app refers to the latter two as "Toys"). Kids can also import images from a camera roll, create their own images with the in-app drawing tool, or use the drawing tool to modify images. The app's animation feature empowers kids to set their ideas into motion and give action to their story. Kids can record a spoken narrative or dialogue during the animation process -- just note that only the last "take" of a narrative will be heard in the final version.Read More Read Less
The Parent & Teacher Guide outlines the Story Arc. Connect the app with things you're already doing in class to teach about effective storytelling. Ask students to tell simple versions of stories they know well. Encourage young kids to work out real conflicts they're having in class. In the app's online community, ToonTube, you can share students' Toontastic videos and watch other kids' creations.Read More Read Less
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- Toontastic is a wonderful app for students to learn more about the structure of a story through creative expression.1Margaret A P.
The Episcopal Academy
Newtown Square, PA4June 9, 2013
- Super tool for students to use story building skills!5July 21, 2015
- Great app for teaching story structure in an interactive way.4February 23, 2015
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