Today I thought there might be a little change of pace and come back to some tools and tricks after a short hiatus. Today I’m going to delve into the land of apps. First up is Toontastic.
Toontastic: Free is a fun tool that allows students to create characters, stories and cartoons on the iPad. You can use as an alternative assessment in class or for those students who do not have permission to, or may be reluctant to perform in video projects. While the Toontastic app is geared more toward younger grades, it is easily adaptable and fun for higher grades too.
All you have to do in Toontastic is select or create your characters and move them on the screen to animate while recording your voice to tell your story. Toontastic even helps students create their stories by waling them through a simple story arc where they can individually create a setup, conflict, challenge, climax, and resolution to their stories.
From the iTunes description:
Making cartoons with Toontastic is as easy as putting on a puppet show – simply press the record button, move your characters onscreen, and tell your story. Toontastic records your animation and voice as a cartoon video to share with friends and family on ToonTube, the app’s global storytelling network for kids.