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Toontastic — Create Your Own Cartoons


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.

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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Apps, Tips & Tricks


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Write Rhymes — Online Rhyming Dictionary

Write Rhymes

Write Rhymes

Today it’s all about quick and easy.  Here’s a tool that’s great not only for your creative writing of English classes, but one that could be used anywhere you want to get creative – even in your spare time!

Write Rhymes is a simple interface where you can type any word, or phrase, or series of words and when you hold down the ALT and click that word or phrase, suggestions for rhymes appear!  Write Rhymes is just like having a imbedded rhyming dictionary online!

Write Rhymes allows you to type your entire work to print, save or copy to another program if you like – or just use it as a simple dictionary and type in those hard to rhyme words one at a time!  Write Rhymes should be added to any tip sheet and tech toolbox you have as an additional resource for your creative (and not so creative) students.

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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Tips & Tricks, Websites


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