This morning in the AT&T Classroom the Rootstown second graders were introduced to Toontastic 3D, a free Google tool for creating digital animated stories. The Toontastic 3D platform offers characters, templates and backgrounds that children can use to draw, create, and animate 3D stories and cartoons. Students are also able to add audio to their story by recording their own voices. The second graders used Toontastic 3D to create an animated story that included story elements for character, setting, problem, and solution.
Using a multimodal tool such as Toontastic 3D provides opportunities for children to further develop all literacy skills for reading, writing, speaking and listening and to also build important “twenty-first century skills” for critical thinking, creativity, and communication.