As part of a recent digital storytelling project, I provided the students with a writing prompt of “what is your favorite moment,” “summer vacation,” “most embarassing moment..” something that involved the kids memories and it had a beginning, middle and end. I discovered some great Digital Storytelling resources from Tom Banaszewski
If the student needed it, I would then print off their story so they could read from it and narrate their story through the Toontastic app
There have been plenty of animation projects in Mr G’s class in the past with my students but this was my first time using this app with my kids. I think this app can be geared more for younger students, but it was nice the kids could draw their own characters and backgrounds and narrate/animate by hopping around, similar to the Photo Puppet app
Sharing wise, I have my issues in order to make this free:
- Student completes their film and types in MY email/password that I set up for the class account (Note: If student doesn’t type in their own username/password on the Safari, they don’t hit the network)
- After a few minutes, I have to check my Gmail account that I set up with when I initially created the class’ Toontastic account.
- I click on the message within my email, which I then must view AND approve within the Toontube aspect of the Toontastic site.
- After reviewing, I can then share the site via Facebook, Twitter or an embed code. Since my students need to publish their own work, I need to send them their work to Edmodo
- I copied/pasted the embed code and sent a direct message to the student on Edmodo
- The student in turn would then have to copy/paste THIS embed code into their Kidblog account as their eportfolio. Unfortunately, through the app, students can’t add in PDF files of their writing, so they had to embed their Toontastic along with a SCREEN CAP of their writing they did in pages.
All of the Toontastic work has bee compiled into an iBook – check out the BWMS Toontastic Memoir iBook