I’ve been exploring Toondoo in my spare time, thinking of some ways of using it in the English classroom. While the program is not perfect–the interface is a little counter-intuitive, the image uploader is clunky, and the navigation is bewildering. But it is by far the best web cartooner I’ve encountered so far.
With so many graphic novels being taught today in high schools today, it makes sense for students to experiment with the medium a bit. The goal, I think, is for students to think critically about what the graphic novel can do that the normal novel cannot–and vice versa. I like the idea of students creating comic strips (or entire books, as Toondoo allows) explaining how graphic novels work, in the manner of the brilliant Scott McCloud. So, here’s what that might look like: