Lakeview 6th Graders Design Science Stories with Lucidpress, Storybird and Toontastic 3D

This morning in the AT&T Classroom the Lakeview 6th graders were introduced to three new tools to use for this week’s projects - Lucidpress, Storybird, and Toontastic 3D. The students have the option to select the tool/tools of their choice to create a song, rap or Acrostic poem about one of their research topics. Students could also opt to use one of the tools to write a fiction or nonfiction story about the life of an atom and its adventures as it combines to form an element, then a mineral, a rock and then finally becoming soil.

Lucidpress is a free web-based design tool that offers layouts and templates which can be used to create a wide range of projects including  reports, presentations, newsletters, brochures, flyers, and posters. The tool utilizes a simple drag-and-drop editor with customizable layouts to which you can add text, photos, shapes, and videos. Finished projects can be printed or viewed on a computer, tablet for smartphone.

Storybird is a beautiful and easy-to-use design and writing platform for creating visual stories. The platform offers educators free access to curated artwork from illustrators and animators across the world that can be used to write stories, books, and poetry.

Toontastic 3D builds upon the original Toontastic iOS app released in 2011. Toontastic 3D offers newly designed characters and expanded templates and backgrounds that students can use to draw, animate and share 3D stories and cartoons.  Students are also able to add audio to their story by recording their own voices. Toontastic 3D is available as a free app for iOS and Android tablets as well as some Chromebook models.