How am I supposed to use ToonTastic? Take a look at this video to get an idea or two!
Text Version of Instructions
- Open the app and tap “Create Cartoon.”
- Tap “New Cartoon” on the screen that appears.
- Listen to the app narrator who explains the concept of the “Story Arc.” (Or, to bypass the narrator after the first time you use the app, tap the circle with the X in it located in the top left-hand corner of the screen.)
- Optional: Click the + (plus) sign in the bottom left-hand corner to add a 6th story frame if you desire. Note: Each cartoon is limited to six frames. Students can choose where to add the frame. Most often, the frame that they need to add will be another climax frame, to further explain the high point of the story.
- Tap the “Setup” frame then tap the green paintbrush that appears.
- Begin creating your first animation segment.
- Choose a setting background; your choices include preloaded options or creating your own. If creating your own, the tools you need are located along the bottom of the screen.
- After choosing (or creating) the setting, tap the forward arrow in the top right-hand corner to continue.
- Select or draw characters. If creating your own, the tools you need are located along the bottom of the screen.
- Tap the forward arrow again.
- Tap “Start Animation” and have students retell the scene using narration and dialogue. Note: The app will give a 3 second countdown to the start of recording.
- Tap, hold, and drag to move characters around the screen as the app records.
- Tap “Stop Animation” when finished with the scene, which will instantly begin replay.
- If you need to rerecord your scene, then simply repeat the recording process
- Tap the forward arrow to move on to music selection.
- Tap to choose an emotion, then adjust the mood of the scene up and down on the screen to hear the variety of music within that mood. Choose the most suitable music for your retelling.
- Repeat these steps for each scene in the story arc.