Last week, I had my kids act out their favorite scene in a book we just finished. It took a few days of planning, script writing, and practicing, but in the end their final product was very well done. I was proud of them.
One of my boys was sick for half the planning phase. His mom and I agreed to give him an alternate assignment. I just came across Toontastic in my reading and gave him the option of using it to create a comic.
I loved it! He drew pictures and included some stock clip art. The items in his comic could move around a bit, and he recorded his voice to tell the story. Since he was the first one to do it, he also had the joy of shining for a few moments as his classmates watched him. I can't wait to get other kids involved in Toontastic!
The app is free, but some features of it are not. For instance, his stock clip art cost money. I think Mom said it was a dollar for three characters. You can draw your own background or buy one if you're so inclined. The money is a bit of a drawback to me. So far, I like to play with free (and completely free) apps. I won't even download a full version of Angry Birds!
Another feature I liked was the plot hill. When you create your own cartoon, you are automatically put into a plot hill to help with your planning. Of course, if a kid doesn't understand plot hills, it means nothing. Since today's reading lesson is about plot, this fits perfectly with what I do in class.
The app comes with an option to post your comic to the rest of the Toontastic community, but -- and I love this -- you need Mom and Dad's permission to do this.
In the end, based on this one experience, I suggest putting Toontastic to work in your classroom.