This is another addition to Technology Thursday. On Thursdays we will be highlighting a different online technology that Teachers can put to use in the classroom. You can find more articles on the Technology page.
Toondoo is a website that allows users to create cartoon comic strips. There is really no limitations on the content for the comics. I made and used a strip for my recent article on teacher burnout.
Toondoo is easy to use and can be a fun and different way to teach your class (differentiated instruction). The best part about it is IT'S FREE! Instead of trying to describe the awkward relationship between English settelers and the Native Americans make it a comic.
Using this tool effectively can be a big hit in your classroom. It could be used with any age preschool or seniors in high school.
TIPS TO CONSIDER:
- Think about your panels
- Make it simple
- Make it easy to understand
- Specify your reason for the comic (comical, informative)
- Make it fun (after all it is a comic)
Another way to use this in the classroom is to let the students use it. Wow! Your covering so many topics in education with that assignment. Media and Technology Integration, Collaborative Learning, Differentiated Instruction, and using alternative assesments. This kind of assignment will allow your students to be creative and they will actually enjoy doing their homework.
I would explain how to make a strip but the best way to learn that is to just make one. I never made one before and 10 minutes of playing with the website I had it figures out. Click Here To Make a Comic
Here are some other alternatives to Toondoo that do the same thing:
Let me hear from you! Do you like this resource? Is there another way to use comics in the classroom? Do you prefer a different generator?