Although I haven't tried this with my class yet as I only discovered this site this moring, I think it's packed with possibilities.
There are three main options for creating a ToonDoo. 1. ToonDoo Maker - Creating an individual cartoon frame (like above) or strip of up to 3 frames.
2. Book Maker - self explainatory really!
3. TraitR - Creating your own characters to use in a book or ToonDoo.
The best part of this site is its simplicity. It's so easy to use, just drag and drop components into the frame: backgrounds, characters, props and text boxes. There is also an option for uplaoding your own pictures or drawing your own from scatch. Once finished you can save your work as a picture file (for basic pictures) or get an embedded code to use (particularly useful for books).
I can imagine using this in a variety of ways. First I think it's ideal for jazzing up whiteboard resources, a nice way to engage children with the text you have to put up. I can see myself using these to create my own 'concept cartoons' in science.
Secondly this site would be great for the children to use themselves. My initial ideas include:
- What is a character thinking?
- Continuing a story you've read together.
- Retelling a classic story - such as fairytale or myth/legend.
- Writing their own 'comic strip' style stories.
This isn't by any means an exhaustive list and would welcome any more ideas, particularly from anyone who has tried it themselves. I can't wait to start using this!